Monday, November 28, 2011

New York State Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Information about the program can be found at

The NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Support Team can be reached at, or 800-278-3960. The MEIPASS HelpDesk can be reached at 877-646-5410.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Second Annual PharmEHR Summit March 2012


PDR Network Presents

The Second Annual
PharmEHR Summit
March 20-21, 2012
Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue

This exclusive, invitation-only event will bring together senior executives from the bio/pharmaceutical industry, the FDA and EHRs to discuss, demonstrate and design practical means to deliver drug safety, risk management, patient support, marketing services and regulatory messages within physician workflow via EHRs. Key areas of discussion will include:

EHR adoption and the powerful impact on physician decision-making: “The New MD Desktop”
Regulatory and brand message integration into the new physician workflow
Improving prescription fulfillment and medication adherence using EHRs

Additional information, including a detailed agenda and registration information will be provided in the coming weeks. For more, please contact PDR Network representative Thomas Eck at (201) 358-7424 or via email at

This event is brought to you by PDR Network – the trusted leader in physician communication for more than 65 years.

Friday, November 25, 2011

HIMSS HIT Body of Knowledge

Check out this new service at HIMSS.


The HIMSS Health IT Body of Knowledge provides a rich and organized compilation of content that introduces the reader to essential definitions, descriptions and discussions of key topic areas related to health information systems and management. If you are new to healthcare and/or new to healthcare IT, this site will provide information on the basics that you need to know to become grounded in the field and to succeed. The reader will find this resource useful in gaining knowledge about a specific topic related to health IT or to gain a more complete knowledge of health information systems and management. The Health IT Body of Knowledge is focused less on the technical aspects of the subject matter and more on the management of systems and information.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

AHRQ EHR Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recently published an online Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records. This resource is designed to help physicians and organizations anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when implementing and using an EHR.

The Guide is based on published literature and guidelines, research by the authors and interviews with organizations that have implemented EHRs. It represents a compilation of best practices. However, the authors caution that “[T]his area of research is still in its infancy.”

The RAND Corporation prepared the Guide for AHRQ under contract HHSA290200600017I, Task Order #5. The authors of the Guide are Spencer S. Jones, Ross Koppel, M. Susan Ridgely, Ted E. Palen, Shinyi Wu, and Michael I. Harrison.

For more information on the AHRQ or the AHRQ Guide, please visit
AHRQ: How to evaluate PCMH evidence of value

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Mathematica Policy Research are pleased to announce the release of a decision maker brief and white paper on building the evidence base for the medical home. In these new resources, we discuss how to improve the quality of the PCMH evidence and evaluations to ensure that the best policy decisions are made.

The decision maker brief offers a concise description of why and how to commission effective evaluations of medical home demonstrations. It captures some of the lessons we’ve learned while reviewing the current evidence on the PCHM including thoughts on what outcomes to assess, why to include control practices, and why not accounting for clustering can doom an evaluation.

The white paper provides practical information for researchers, implementers, evaluators, and those who fund them about how to determine the effect sizes a given study can expect to detect, identifies the number of patients and practices required to detect policy-relevant, achievable effects, and demonstrates how evaluators can select the outcomes and types of patients included in analyses to improve a study’s ability to detect true effects.

You can access the brief and white paper by clicking on the following links:

Power brief (Improving Evaluations of the Medical Home)

Power paper (Building the Evidence Base for the Medical Home: What Sample and Sample Size Do Studies Need?)

To learn more about what AHRQ has been up to, please visit:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Surescripts Announces that Majority of Doctors in U.S. Now Use E-Prescribing

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Nov. 9, 2011 - Surescripts today announced that over 52 percent of office-based doctors now use e-prescribing. The announcement was made over Twitter as part of a nationwide online event featuring healthcare leaders and providers from across the U.S. who gathered to celebrate the sixth annual Safe-Rx Awards, given each year to the top 10 states based on e-prescribing use. To view and participate in the post-event discussion, go to where visitors can also find adoption and use statistics for all states and share in the experiences of the individuals and organizations driving the use of e-prescribing across the nation.

"Congratulations to this year's Safe-Rx Award winners and to all the states for taking action to improve one of the most fundamental parts of our nation's health care system," said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. "In three short years, the nation has moved from less than 10 percent to more than 50 percent of physicians e-prescribing. This represents one of the most significant milestones achieved to date in the nationwide effort to adopt and achieve meaningful use of health information technology."

By replacing a pen and paper prescription pad with a more accurate, reliable and secure electronic prescription and by allowing prescribers to access critical information regarding their patients' medications and health plan coverage, e-prescribing saves lives, time and money, and improves the quality of care.

Surescripts reported the following statistics, tracking the growth of e-prescribing nationwide:

•52 percent (291,000) of all office-based physicians now actively use e-prescribing compared with fewer than 10 percent three years ago
•There are 357,000 active prescribers on the Surescripts network (including office-based physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants)
•94 percent of retail pharmacies nationwide are now connected and receiving e-prescriptions

Top 10 States With Highest Rates of E-Prescribing
1. Massachusetts
2. Delaware
3. Michigan
4. Connecticut
5. Rhode Island
6. Pennsylvania
7. South Dakota*
8. Iowa*
9. Oregon*
10. North Carolina*
*New to the top 10

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Empire BlueCross BlueShield Announces Ground-Breaking Contract Agreement with NYU Langone Medical Center Based on Payment for Value

Empire Blue

Monday, November 07, 2011

Electronic Health Records Association to Collaborate with iHealth Alliance on Patient Safety Initiatives and EHRevent

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CHICAGO (November 7, 2011) – The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Association and the iHealth Alliance (iHA) announced today that they will work collaboratively to support efforts to develop practical, effective, and optimized reporting tools to collect information on medical incidents that may be related to the use of health information technology (IT).

“Obviously, this is an important effort for our Association to support ,” said Sarah Corley, MD, Chief Medical Officer at NextGen Healthcare and Chair of the Association’s Patient Safety Workgroup. “As developers of core technologies that can enhance patient safety and quality care delivery, we want to ensure that we’re part of any initiatives focused on collecting and appropriately analyzing suspected issues that compromise those objectives,” Corley went on to say.

The agreement establishes a basis for collaboration between the two organizations to support the iHA’s online reporting service,, as well as to ensure that the data being collected by that service is relevant and timely, and to engage with other stakeholders to broaden participation and support of patient safety reporting efforts.

“We’re delighted to be working with the EHR Association on this initiative,” Nancy Dickey, MD, Chair of the iHA said. “The Association and its members bring expertise about these systems that is simply not found elsewhere. In understanding how EHRs are designed and implemented, we’ll be more successful in understanding the root causes of suspected incidents so that they can be prevented in the future,” Dr. Dickey concluded.

The EHR Association, led by its Patient Safety Workgroup under the leadership of Dr. Corley and Vice Chair Rich Landen, Senior Product Manager for Industry Relations at QuadraMed, will also continue to monitor and engage in other activities and organizations that may be working on health IT-related incident reporting.

About the HIMSS EHR Association

The HIMSS EHR Association is a trade association of 44 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US. The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests. Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs. The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS. For more information, visit

About EHRevent

EHRevent is an online system that allows healthcare providers to report unanticipated events associated with the adoption and use of electronic health records. Founded in 2010 and governed by the not-for-profit iHealth Alliance, EHRevent is operated as a federally sanctioned Patient Safety Organization (“PSO”) which allows safe harbor protections for reporting provide Network operations for EHRevent are provided by PDR Network LLC. For more information, visit

About the iHealth Alliance

The iHealth Alliance is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect the interests of patients and providers as healthcare increasingly adopts electronic systems in patient care. iHealth Alliance board members include senior executives from U.S. medical societies, professional liability carriers, patient safety groups and liaison representatives from the FDA. For more information, visit
EHR Safe Harbor Bill Introduced in the House

Do you think that this bill will encourage greater use of EHRs and facilitate quicker identification of problems?
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A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Safeguarding Access For Every Medicare Patient Act, that would provide certain legal safe harbors to providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. H.R. 3239 would create a mechanism for reporting EHR-related adverse events to promote patient safety, but would prevent such reports from being used as legal admissions of wrongdoing. The bill, intended to promote EHR use, would cover certain providers serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as participants in health information exchanges.

Bill H.R. 3239
LIPIX + NYCLIX Merge To form: Healthix

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Healthix™: A Tale of Two RHIOs

In a groundbreaking effort that provides clinicians with the means to significantly improve patient care throughout the region, the Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) and the New York Clinical Information Exchange (NYCLIX) are proud to formally announce their plans to merge. The organizations, which were the two largest Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) in the state, will unite to create Healthix, Inc. We are now one of the largest active, self-sustaining RHIOs in the country! The combining of our technologies, operations and governance expands and strengthens our leading health information exchange (HIE) services.

The Manhattan-based organization will have over 31 acute care hospitals, 24 long-term care providers, 14 home care agencies, and many other ambulatory practices among its 104 connected facilities. Additionally, the combined patient directory will represent nearly 2% of the United States’ population (over 5 million patients) and continues to grow daily.

Healthix will embrace a mission shared by both LIPIX and NYCLIX, as well as the state of New York, to deliver industry-leading, secure exchange of patient health information in support of collaborative care models, outcomes-based medicine, emerging reimbursement structures, and patient-driven healthcare. Benjamin Stein, MD, the CEO of LIPIX, and Gil Kuperman, MD, the Executive Director of NYCLIX, each addressed the news in a joint statement: “We are excited and proud that our two organizations could come together in a spirit of collaboration that should change the landscape of health information technology throughout the region and the country.” Dr. Stein, who will remain CEO of the combined entity, added, “The benefits of the enlarged organization and network will accrue to all of our current and future members; these cover the range from nationally renowned health systems to small rural independent practices. The biggest winners here, however, are the patients of New York.”


Friday, November 04, 2011

Meaningful Use Best Practices to Secure EHR Bonus – Physicians Tell You How

Webinar • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

To Register

Learn best practices for meeting meaningful use from three physicians who have gone through the process, met the requirements and collected the bonus money.
The measures for meaningful use range from simple to complex, but even the simple ones have little-known tricks that successful practices can learn to achieve quickly. In this 90-minute webinar, you will get physicians’ perspectives on which measures are challenging, which are easy and what traps and pitfalls to be aware of.

After this must-attend webinar you will be able to:

Apply best practices

Properly document for the 15 core measures

Earn the $18,000 bonus with best practices for implementing meaningful use
Avoid common mistakes

Minimize staff time commitment

Bonus Material: You’ll get several downloadable tools as a bonus for attending this webinar, including a timeline of the roadmap to meaningful use and a compiled guide to meeting the 15 core meaningful use measures

To Register

Your Expert Presenters

Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP Dr. Tashjian is extremely active in setting policy for the medical community. He serves on the Board of Directors of HealthPartners Inc. where he is Co-Chair of the Medical Board of Governors and Chair of the Health Transformation Committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the MMIC Group, the State of Wisconsin EMS Physician Advisory Committee, and Western Wisconsin Medical Associates.

William Vollmar, MD Dr. Vollmar practices family medicine/sports medicine for Diamantoni and Associates Family Practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As one of the partners and a 20 year practice veteran, he was highly involved in selecting and developing their EHR program.

Salvatore Volpe, MD, FAAP, FACP, CHCQM Dr. Volpe has 20 years of primary care medical practice experience. His expertise on the topic of emerging medical communication technologies such as e-prescribing and electronic health records has made him a prominent speaker on the national medical lecture circuit.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New NYSHealth RFP: Promoting and Managing Growth at Primary Care Centers in Four Regions of New York State


Successful implementation of health reform will require expanded primary care capacity. With this Request for Proposals (RFP), NYSHealth seeks to promote fundamental, lasting changes in the community health centers (CHCs) that comprise a cornerstone of New York’s health care delivery system. NYSHealth recognizes that expanding health care access—whether establishing a new site, increasing the type of services available, or pursuing a merger—takes thoughtful planning and resources. Through this grant initiative, CHCs may conduct the data analyses needed for clinical capacity planning or preparation of a business plan; retain legal counsel; hire real estate advisors; enhance recruitment efforts; or build their internal management infrastructure.

Eligible applicants include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), FQHC look-alikes, and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment centers in four regions of the State: Western New York, Central New York, the Finger Lakes region, and Long Island. Eligible organizations may apply for grants as well as supplemental program-related investments.

Download the full RFP.


All applications must be submitted using NYSHealth’s online application system. Before submitting an application, please review the detailed application instructions. The online application can be accessed here. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Programmatic questions regarding the application process should be e-mailed to

Questions regarding the online application system should be e-mailed to