Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EHRs: The New Drug Safety, Liability and Efficacy Battleground at HIMSS12

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Tuesday, February 21, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

The rapid adoption of EHRs by U.S. providers creates a new and powerful platform to improve patient safety, professional liability protection, drug efficacy and regulatory compliance.

Speaker Information:
Edward Fotsch, MD
Chief Executive Officer, PDR Network

David Troxel, MD
Medical Director, The Doctors Company


•Discuss how changes to provider workflow from EHR adoption create opportunities to deliver drug safety, regulatory and support services at the point of care
•Identify how FDA-drug information delivered via EHRs can improve patient safety and decrease professional liability
•Analyze how drug support services integrated into EHRs can improve drug efficacy and reduce drug costs for patients
•Explain how Adverse Drug Event reporting integrated into EHRs enhances provider convenience, resulting in improved event report quality and quantity, and thereby advancing drug safety
•Recognize the current status and likely future of adverse EHR event reporting, including the FDA's position related to EHR monitoring and regulations

Venetian Sands Expo Convention Center

Marco Polo 803

US Innovation Summit 2012

Obama Administration officials, health care leaders join together at Innovation Summit

Summit builds on Affordable Care Act, highlights private, public innovations to improve health care quality and lower costs

Obama Administration officials and a breadth of representatives from across the health care system will meet in Washington today for a day-long meeting to explore how they can collaborate and improve the quality of health care while at the same time lowering costs.

The Obama Administration also released a new report today highlighting the success of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Innovation Center has already worked to test and support innovative new health care models that can reduce costs and strengthen the quality of health care.

The summit will showcase nearly half a dozen announcements of major new initiatives by leading health care organizations. Among these announcements are new “challenges” to reverse the trend of diabetes, advance the field of Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, and bolster the battle against HIV/AIDS.

To read the entire HHS Press release issued today (1/26) click here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/01/20120126a.html

For more information, visit http://www.innovation.cms.gov/summit/.

Year in Review is posted here: http://innovations.cms.gov/documents/pdf/CMMIreport_508.pdf

Although registration to attend the event in person is now closed, the Care Innovations Summit will be broadcast online in its entirety. Tune into http://hcidc.org throughout the day on Thursday to watch. You may also join the twitter conversation by following the hashtag #cisummit.
New Functions of the CMS EHR Information Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made changes to its electronic health record (EHR) Information Center Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, based on user feedback. The changes are intended to allow easier and more efficient access to information about the EHR Incentive Program for eligible hospitals, eligible professionals, and critical access hospitals. See the instructions for calling the EHR Information Center, below:

1. To contact the IVR, dial 1-888-734-6433 (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number).

2. Take advantage of the new options from the main menu by doing the following:

Press 1 for Hot Topics
For information on when registration begins, press 1.
For information on attestation, press 2.
For information on being a dually-eligible hospital, press 3.
For information on registration tips, press 4.
For information on payment time frames, press 5.
For information on important upcoming dates, press 6.
For information on the clinical quality measures (CQM) eReporting pilot, press 7.
For information on HPSA payments, press 8.
Press 2 for Information on NPPES and PECOS password resets
For EPs needing NPPES/PECOS password resets, press 1.
For eligible hospitals needing PECOS password resets, press 2.

Press 0 to speak with an information specialist.
For registration questions, press 1.
For all other questions, press 2.
Press # to repeat the menu
To listen to your available menu options, press #.

EHR Information Center Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
(General information is available on the IVR 24 hours a day, except during planned system maintenance.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

The HIMSS12 Preview Edition is Now Available Online!

The HIMSS12 Agenda has a plethora of thought-leading and engaging events surrounding health IT. Go beyond the agenda and discover the value of HIMSS12 offerings in the articles of the HIMSS12 Preview Edition.

Download/View .pdf

In this preview, learn about the education programs, from pre-conference workshops and symposia to specialty programs and 300-plus education sessions focused on the industry’s hottest topics: Meaningful Use, ICD-10, mobile health, connecting with consumers, business intelligence, interoperability and more. Also, get the latest details on the world's largest and most respected 1,100-plus company exhibition.

While you are planning your HIMSS12 navigation, be sure to engage and connect with other HIMSS12 attendees by RSVPing to the official event page on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/rt6ufB
What events, programs, or social engagements are you looking forward to most?

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

Friday, January 20, 2012

AMA Releases Health IT Tutorials for Physician Practices

The AMA released three online educational tutorials today to help physician practices better implement health information technology (health IT).

This series of short video tutorials feature downloadable tools and best practices about health IT for physician practices. The tutorials will provide physicians with guidance on how they might better use health IT in their practices. The three tutorials cover ePrescribing, pre-visit planning and point-of-care documentation. The first tutorial explains the value of ePrescribing and the quality, safety, and efficiency of ePrescribing compared to handwritten prescriptions.

The pre-visit planning tutorial will help physician practices to establish a pre-visit planning structure that provides full patient information to the physician before the patient arrives. This can create new efficiencies that will allow more time for patient-physician interaction and shorter patient wait times. The point-of-care documentation tutorial addresses decisions regarding the type of hardware used during an office visit. The tutorial also helps physician practices understand the type and format of information that should be entered during a visit.

To view the tutorials, visit www.ama-cmeonline.com/health_it_workflow.
These activities have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM