Friday, February 28, 2014

CMS ICD-10 eHealth University Resources

CMS has launched eHealth University, a new go-to resource to help providers understand, implement, and successfully participate in CMS eHealth programs. eHealth University features a full curriculum of materials and information, all in one location. The education modules are organized by level, from beginner to advanced, and simplify complex information in a variety of formats, including  fact sheets, guides, videos, checklists, webinar recordings, and more.
As part of eHealth University, CMS is offering several resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date. These include:
Once you have an understanding of the basics of ICD-10 through these beginner-level resources, check out the intermediate and advanced resources also available on the eHealth University website. By using these tools, you can better prepare for October 1, 2014, and help ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10.
Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, compliance date. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow us on Twitter.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pharmacy Technology Conference Friday, March 21, 2014

Pharmacy Technology Conference
Friday, March 21, 2014
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

On March 21, 2014 all of the practice-based, state-wide, professional pharmacy organizations in New York State are collaborating to sponsor the first Pharmacy Technology Summit in Albany, NY. Representatives of the NYS Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement will also be joining the conference. The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will serve as the host for the conference.

The purpose of this conference is to serve as forum for a discussion of the important and evolving role of technology and information management in contemporary pharmacy practice, especially its relevance to changing health care delivery systems under health care reform. The focus will be on patient safety, improved efficiency and value, and the potential to redeploy pharmacists for direct patient care roles. The important consideration of the regulatory framework, changes that may have to be considered to keep pace with practice technologies, and the potential impact on the safe and effective implementation of automation and informatics will also be a focus throughout the day.

The format for the day will include a keynote presentation followed by four topic discussions by experts in their area. Each topic will be followed by panel discussions involving practitioners, pharmacy leaders and State Board members. The four topics and committed speakers are:

  • IVA Technology – Robotics and Automated Workflow Management (William W. Churchill, MS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Healthcare)
  • Hospital Dispensing Technologies – Robotics, ADCs, Controlled Substances (Dave F. Webster, MS, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital)
  • Technology and Automated Workflow in Ambulatory/Community Pharmacy (TBD)
  • Informatics, Health Information Exchange and Pharmacy Practice (TBD)

Friday, February 14, 2014

NYC REACH Brooklyn Open House Tuesday March 20 2014

NYC REACH logoNYC REACH Brooklyn Open House
Thursday, March 20th

NYC REACH invites you to the third event in our 2014 Open House Series. This open house will provide an overview of what to expect in 2014.

This event will include presentations that cover:
·         2014 State of Health in Brooklyn
·         2014 changes to Meaningful Use
·         Provider's Perspective on the impact of Health Information Technology
·         Services available to your practice from NYC REACH

Attendees will also have an opportunity to interact with representatives from EHR and IT vendors, and network with other providers in the Brooklyn area.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Law School
205 State Street
Geraldo's Room
Brooklyn, New York

Click here for more information and to RSVP. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Flora Daniel at or (347) 396- 4948

New EHR Attestation Deadline for Eligible Professionals: March 31, 2014

CMS is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013 reporting year from 11:59 pm ET on February 28, 2014 to 11:59 pm ET March 31, 2014.
In addition, CMS is offering assistance to eligible hospitals who may have experienced difficulty attesting to submit their attestation retroactively and avoid the 2015 payment adjustment.
This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment.
This extension does not impact the deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program or any other CMS program, including the electronic submission for the Physician Quality Reporting System EHR Incentive Program Pilot
How to attest?
If you are an eligible professional, you may use the registration and attestation systemto submit your attestation for meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year.  You must attest prior by 11:59 pm ET on March 31, 2014 to meet the new 2013 program deadline. 
If you are an eligible hospital, you may contact CMS for assistance submitting your attestation retroactively.  You must contact CMS by 11:59 pm on March 15, 2014 in order to participate for the 2013 program year. 
If you are an eligible professional working on your attestation for the 2013 reporting period, there are resources available to help you with the registration and attestation process. 
The EHR Information Center is open to assist you with all of your registration and attestation system inquiries. Please call, 1-888-734-6433 (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number). The EHR Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time), except federal holidays.
In addition, there are some simple steps you can take which will help to make the process easier for you:
  • Ensure that your payment assignment and other relevant information is up to date in the Medicare payment system PECOS
  • Make sure to include a valid email address in your EHR program registration
  • Consider logging on to use the attestation system during non-peak hours such as evenings and weekends
  • Log on to the registration and attestation system now and ensure that your information is up to date and begin entering your 2013 data
  • If you experience attestation problems, call the EHR Incentive Program Help Desk and report the problem
  • If your organization has more than 1,000 providers assigned to a proxy user, use the PECOS system to designate additional proxies to facilitate attestation.
Eligible Hospital Instructions:
  1. Send the following information to  no later than 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/2014:
    • CCN
    • Hospital Name
    • Contact Person Name
    • Contact Person Email
    • Contact Person Phone
  2. Type “EH 2013 EXTENSION” in the subject line of the email note
  3. Each Hospital must be identified in a separate email
CMS will contact the person that you designate in your request to provide additional instructions regarding the Eligible Hospital 2013 attestation submission.

NYS MiniHIMSS 2014 Conference April 22-23 2014

I encourage anyone with an interest in learning about the evolution of Healthcare in NYS and beyond to attend. SV

Call for Presentations!

The New York State Chapter is accepting applications for presentations at the New York State MiniHIMSS Conference on Wednesday April 23rd being held at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Submissions are being accepted through Friday March 14th.

Conference Schedule:
   Tuesday April 22nd 8:30am – 5 pm: CPHIMS Training
   (course includes continental breakfast & lunch)

   Wednesday April 23rd 8:00am – 6 pm: NYS HIMSS Chapter Conference
   (includes continental breakfast, lunch & evening network reception) 
Registration for the conference and for the CPHIMS training class is now open, and early bird discounts are available thru March 31st. 

This year's conference will focus on the following three tracks: 

Healthcare Transformation
  • New models of health care management, from governance to payment models to care coordination
  • Big data and analytics – clinical and business intelligence derived from old and new sources of data
  • Applied technologies for special care settings, including behavioral health, home health, long term care or sub acute settings
  • Consumer/Patient Engagement: successful strategies and tactics for engaging and activating consumers and patients to achieve better outcomes
Clinical Informatics 
Informatics workforce challenges, clinical transformation efforts, clinical intelligence, advanced decision support and the application of information to improve clinical care, etc.
  • Security and privacy: how organizations and eligible providers have met the privacy and security requirements of HITECH including technical, operational and infrastructure built to support these areas.
  • Regulatory challenges: ICD-10, MU, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, other.
Advanced Technologies 
Cloud computing, mobile technologies, RFID, Smart-rooms or disaster recovery/business continuity solutions, etc. 

Submit your presentation now by completing the online HIMSS Call for Presentations form, or download the Word document here, complete, and return to Anthony Ferrante at