Friday, November 19, 2010

ONC Personal Health Records Understanding the Evolving Landscape Webcast

Due to an overwhelming response to the December 3, 2010 PHR Roundtable, pre-registration for in-person attendance has reached its capacity. However, you may still participate in the Roundtable via webcast. To register for the webcast, click here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nursing’s New Roadmap: Education, the Workforce, and Health Care Quality Webinar

I strongly encourage those interested in Nursing to register for this event. SV

Thursday, November 18, 2010
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Click here to register.


Donna Shalala, PhD, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services; President, University of Miami; Chair, Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, Institute of Medicine

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Vice President for Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Vice Chair, IOM Committee on the Future of Nursing

Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Author, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation and From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing.

Learn more about the speakers

What’s it going to take for the health care system to take full advantage of the potential of nurses – and for nurses to realize their full potential? These twin questions are not new to the nursing profession, or to policy makers. Both groups have been wrestling for years to find the right levers to increase not just the ranks of RNs, but their skills and recognition as key members of health care teams. Although this has led to some successes and improvements, the solutions haven’t kept up with demands. Health care reform has only intensified the need to sharpen strategies, especially as nurses have the potential to play a critical role in creating a more patient-centered, integrated delivery system.

In October, the Institute of Medicine released a report called The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The study committee’s Chair and Vice Chair, Donna Shalala and Linda Burnes Bolton, will join us on the next WIHI to review the recommendations and to talk about how to turn the substantial report into action. Everyone in health care, not just nurses, has a role to play in driving many of the ideas forward. One of health care’s and nursing’s most respected educators, Patricia Benner, will round out the panel with some special focus on the changes needed in nursing education to ensure that RNs have the necessary skills and preparation to assume greater leadership and patient care roles.

Any discussion about the goals and ambitions for any health profession must take into consideration how these align with the needs of health care reform – including better quality, better health, at reduced costs. Please join the next WIHI to help forge and further the connections to nursing. See you then!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

2009 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Update


LE will appear on remittance, indicating an incentive payment.

RX09: is the 2009 eRx incentive payments 4-digit code


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that incentive payments for the 2009 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program were made to eligible professionals who met the criteria for successful reporting.

The 2009 eRx incentive payments are currently being processed and distributed by Carriers and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). Distribution of the 2009 eRx incentive payments were completed by October 22, 2010.

E-prescribing incentives earned by individual participating physicians and other eligible professionals are paid as a lump-sum to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) under which the EP’s claims were submitted. It is then up to the TIN to decide how to distribute the incentive within the practice.

Effective January 2010, CMS revised the manner in which incentive payment information is communicated to eligible professionals receiving electronic remittance advices. CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to use a new indicator of LE to indicate incentive payments instead of LS. LE will appear on the electronic remittance advice. Additionally the paper remittance advice will read “This is an eRx incentive payment.” It will not include the year and indicator LE in the paper remittance. In an effort to further clarify the type of incentive payment issued (either PQRI or eRx incentive), CMS created a 4-digit code to indicate the type of incentive and reporting year. For the 2009 eRx incentive payments, the 4-digit code is RX09. This code will be displayed on the electronic remittance advice along with the LE indicator. For example, eligible professionals will see LE to indicate an incentive payment, along with RX09 to identify that payment as the 2009 eRx incentive payment.

2009 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Feedback Reports

The 2009 eRx feedback reports will be available on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal at on the internet, starting the second week of November. TIN-level reports on the Portal require an Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. Participants may also contact their Carrier or MAC to request individual NPI-level reports via an alternate feedback report fulfillment process, please visit on the CMS website.

Who to Contact for Questions?

If you have questions about the status of your eRx incentive payment (during the distribution timeframe), please contact your Provider Contact Center. The Contact Center Directory is available at on the CMS website.

Feel free to contact the QualityNet Help Desk with any of the following:

· Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Portal password issues

· PQRI/eRx feedback report availability and access

· PQRI-IACS registration questions

· PQRI-IACS login issues

The QualityNet Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST at 1-866-288-8912 or via on the internet. The QualityNet Help Desk is also available to assist with PQRI and eRx measure-specific questions.

Friday, November 12, 2010

2nd Annual Canada – U.S. eHealth Summit

The Union League, Philadelphia, PA
November 16, 2010

I. Registration / Breakfast / Sponsor Booths 8:00-9:00AM

II. Welcome / Intros 9:00-9:15AM -

- David F.J. Marshall, Canadian Consul in Philadelphia


Forging partnerships between patients, their families and caregivers and physicians and payers to create a continuous, comprehensive care model for all stages of life from pediatrics to geriatrics; acute care; chronic care; preventive services; and end of life, which is secure, accessible, compassionate, and culturally effective. Canadian health officials weigh in with appraisals of their own health system.

Keynote: Dr. Barry Straube, CMO and Director, Office of Standards and Quality, CMS

Keynote: William Pascal, CTO, Canadian Medical Association

- 15 minute BREAK

Keynote: John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services, Siemens Healthcare

Moderator: Phil Magistro/Governor’s Office


a.) Rachel Block/New York State

b.) Henry Fader, Esq./Pepper Hamilton

c.) Mary Madison/AHIMA Foundation

d.) Dr. John Haughton/Covisint-DocSite

- LUNCH / Sponsor Booths – Noon to 1:00PM


How the Greater Philadelphia region can leverage its world class assets in medicine, education, life sciences and pharmaceuticals to become a global leader in health information technology, and how HTX already is a leading resource and catalyst for accelerating the growth of Ontario’s Medical and Assistive Technologies industry cluster.


Keynote: Rob Wonderling, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Keynote: Tony Iantorno, Founder, Accelero Management Consulting and

Joshua Lawson, Associate Partner, SECOR Consulting

Moderator: Elliot Sloane, PhD/Drexel and DVHIMSS


a.) JoAnn Klinedinst/HIMSS and PAeHI

b.) Dr. Thompson Boyd/Hahnemann University Hospital

c.) Dr. John Cacciamani/Temple University Hospital

d.) Dr. Gary Kurtzman/Safeguard Scientifics

- 15 minute BREAK


Information and communications technologies have helped to revolutionize business; can they do the same for health? Presenting examples from Canada and the U.S. on how telemedicine, telehealth and mobile communication devices are being deployed to improve outcomes, lower costs and overcome disparities in healthcare delivery.

Keynote: Dr. Ed Brown, CEO, Ontario Telemedicine Network

Keynote: David Levine, President, Montreal Health and Social Service Agency

Moderator: Dr. Sal Volpe/TLC QIO


a.) Alex Nason/Johns Hopkins Medicine

b.) Brian Wells/University of Pennsylvania Health System

c.) Dr. Joseph Couto/Thomas Jefferson University

d.) Dr. Robyn Tamblyn/McGill University

VI. Reception (5:00 – 6:00pm)

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

HIMSS and CDW Meaningful Use Seminars

November 16th November 30th

San Francisco Phoenix

Grand Café Arizona Biltmore

501 Geary at Taylor Street 2400 East Missouri Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94102 Phoenix, AZ 85016


December 8th December 14th

Chicago Northern NJ

Omni Hotel Il Villagio

676 N Michigan Ave 651 Route 17 North

Chicago, IL 60611 Carlstadt, NJ 07072


HIMSS, the nation's leading caused-based health IT membership organization, in partnership with CDW Healthcare, the leading provider of technology solutions, invite you to a complimentary dinner and presentation…

Understanding the Implications of Meaningful Use

for Ambulatory Practice Eligible Professionals

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Check-in and Networking/Cocktail Reception

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm: Dinner presentation with Q&A

RSVP Today

Featured Speakers:

Elise Singer, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer

California Health Information and Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO)

November 16th in San Francisco

Kenneth Adler, MD, CPHIMS

Medical Director for Information Technology

Arizona Community Physicians

November 30th in Phoenix

Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL, USA (ret'd)
Vice President, Healthcare Information Systems

November 16th in San Francisco & November 30th in Phoenix

Fred D. Rachman, MD


Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services

December 8th in Chicago

S. Vincent Grasso, DO

Surgeon Family Practice, North Bergen, NJ

Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

December 14th in Northern New Jersey

Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, FHIMSS
Senior Director, Ambulatory Information Systems

December 7th in Chicago & December 14th in Northern New Jersey

This Meaningful Use Thought Leadership Program is an exclusive event for ambulatory physicians, practice owners and practice administrators.

Meeting incentive requirements is much more than's also about revenue growth and avoiding government penalties. Two industry leaders have joined forces to help you understand the full implications of meaningful use.

Your RSVP is requested...

The consequences for not achieving meaningful use can be translated into lost funding in the shorter term and revenue loss and regulatory penalties in the longer term. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Serra at or (312) 915-9222. Seating is limited, so act now.

Don't miss this strategic and solution-centric opportunity for meeting incentive requirements. It's that important!