Saturday, September 29, 2012

Deadline: Medicare EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Medicare EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program Deadline for 2012

Be sure to not to miss this final reporting period opportunity. 
Check out the link to the Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator. SV

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, is the last day for eligible professionals (EPs) to begin 90-day reporting period for this program, for calendar year 2012. EPs begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October 3rd in order to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012. 

It's also the last day they can start participating and receive their maximum possible Medicare incentive payment: This is the last year that EPs can begin participation in the EHR Incentive Program and get the full Medicare incentives of $44,000 per EP. If first-year Medicare EPs have not started their 90-day reporting period by October 3, 2012, they will not be eligible for a calendar year 2012 payment; they can only receive $39,000 in Medicare incentives if they successfully participate in 2013. 

Attestation Calculator

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wellpoint/Empire Blue: PCMH improves quality,reduces costs

Here is a new study supporting the proposition that PCMH practices can improve the quality of healthcare and reduce costs: improved screening reduced use of antibiotics for non-bacterial infections reduced hospitalizations and ER visits $93 or 15% reduction in costs PMPM  SV

 Study:The American Journal of Managed Care

 Press Release 1

Press Release 2

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MedAllies will manage the NYS DIRECT Solution

NY continues to be at forefront of Health Information Technology.
Congratulations to Dr John Blair and his team. SV

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) has chosen MedAllies to operate the "Direct Solution" on the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY). Similar to a highly secure email, Direct allows healthcare providers to seamlessly send data from one provider directly to another who is caring for the same patient.

The Direct Solution is one of three services that will be offered statewide via the SHIN-NY. The others are Patient Record Look-Up and Alerts. Direct operates like a highly secure email, whereas Patient Record Look-Up functions like
a highly secure search engine, allowing only those healthcare providers a patient has consented for to access their health information. Alerts allows providers to subscribe to a function that alerts them when data is posted about their patients. For example, it would let a primary care provider know his or her patient has just been admitted to an emergency department.


SHIN-NY Press Release

Sunday, September 16, 2012

October 15-16 2012 Digital Health Conference program & speakers announced.

Join health IT thought leaders and innovators who are helping to shape the future of healthcare.

The NY eHealth Collaborative Digital Health Conference is an exclusive gathering of health IT leaders to network, innovate and discuss new technologies.

Agenda and Registration

PSA:PCMH can lead to increased quality, decreased costs and increase staff satisfaction

Here is an excellent article featuring Group Health Cooperative.
Not only do they share information on their results, they offer "blueprints" on replicating their success. SV

Health Affairs

Thursday, September 13, 2012

HIMSS13 registration is now open. Health IT - it's on!

2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
March 3 - 7, 2013
New Orleans, LA

This promises to be another great conference. Hotel rooms go fast. Make your reservations soon. SV

Registration Link