Saturday, February 19, 2011

Care Coordination: Expanding the Team to the Healthcare Community - The Experience of a PCMH

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Hosted: Care Coordination Taskforce
Date: Thursday, February 24th 2011, from 10:00 - 11:00am ET
Hear from a practicing Family Medicine Physician Dr. Holly Cleney on their team approach to care coordination within the community. Learn how their focus on patient centered care across delivery systems has supported effective Care Coordination. Learn from the Lantham Medical Groups practical experience and what their next steps are for their continuous journey of Transformation.

Dr. Holly Cleney is a practicing physician with Latham Medical Group in Lathem, New York. She is currently working as a group leader in the Capital District Physicians Health Plan PCMH project centered around transforming a practice into a patient centered medical home while studying the payment reform model that incorporates risk adjusted capitation as the base payment and rewards for quality and efficiency measures. The program is utilizing Allan Gorroll's Adult Primary Care Comprehensive Payment Model. Dr. Cleney has coordinated the “Team based care” team for the 2 years and enjoyed collaborating with and using ideas from anyone in the office willing to give them to improve our systems of care delivery and encourage every member of the team to understand the content of and importance of their roles as we work to continually define how to improve.

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Thu, Feb 24, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

National Provider Call and Webinar with Question & Answer Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call and webinar on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. This toll-free call will take place from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

The Physician Quality Reporting System is voluntary quality reporting program that provides an incentive payment to identified individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries.

The Physician Quality Reporting System was first implemented in 2007 as a result of section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA), and further expanded as a result of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).

The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA. The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals and group practices.

Following the formal presentation that will cover the following:

· Measure Reporting; and

· How to Get Started --Participating in the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx).

The lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS Physician Quality Reporting System and eRx subject matter experts.

A PowerPoint slide presentation will be posted to the Physician Quality Reporting System webpage at, on the CMS website for you to download prior to the call so that you can follow along with the presenter.

Educational products are available on the Physician Quality Reporting System dedicated web page located at, , on the CMS website, in the Educational Resources section, as well as educational products are available on the eRx Incentive Program dedicated web page located at on the CMS website. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.

Conference call details:

Date: March 8, 2011

Conference Title: Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program National Provider Call

Time: 1:30 p.m. EST

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation.

Registration will close at 1:30 p.m. EST on March 7, 2011, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.

To register for the call participants need to go to:

Fill in all required data.

Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

Click "Register".

You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please print and save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

6. CMS added a webinar as part of this national conference call. This feature will allow participants who are on the Internet the ability to follow the presentation online as it is given. This will not have any effect on those participants who are only dialing in to the audio portion of the call.

Please note participants who are not signed into the webinar should download the presentation from the CMS website. CMS would like to thank those of you who will participate in this feature.

To access Adobe Connect Pro Webinar: please use the following URL:– Instructions: Sign in as a “Guest” when prompted – please enter your first and last name.

Please dial in for the call first and then go to Adobe Connect Pro.

If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to no later than 3 business day before the event.

For those of who will be unable to attend, a transcript and MP3 file of the call will be available at least one week after the call at on the CMS website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NYC DOH PCIP/NYC REACH PCMH/Meaningful Use Webinars

Weekly in February 2011, 10 AM-11 AM, EST

Together we will explore:
Healthcare challenges facing physicians
Benefits of EHR
The path to EHR EHR/EMR
Implementation Thoughts & Considerations.
Patient Centered Medical Home
Federal Incentives under ARRA
Meaningful use

This is now a weekly series of events.

Registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive an email with code need to join.

Dial In Code: 888-622-5357
Participant Code: 586020

February 18th Link

February 25th Link

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ONC Direct Project Collaboration Pilots

Let's hear it for NY'S MedAllies!

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MedAllies has been tapped to be part of a national effort to fast track electronic information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced at the launch of the Direct Project. The Hudson Valley has been selected as one of seven pilot sites to go live in 2011, and MedAllies was specifically mentioned during a Feb. 2 White House press conference announcing the program. Direct Project, a public/private collaborative, is an effort is to find a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information via the Internet. That capability supports Meaningful Use requirements. MedAllies anticipates providing a national network capable of supporting interoperability of all physicians using certified EHR systems by the end of 2011. It will demonstrate the technological capabilities at HIMSS next week. "This is an important milestone in our journey to achieve secure health information exchange, and it means that health care providers large and small will have an early option for electronic exchange of information supporting their most basic and frequently needed uses," said Dr. David Blumenthal, ONC chief

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Northrop Grumman Introduces National Health Data Repository for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has launched the National Level Repository (NLR) in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) initiation of registration by eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs. The system was completed on schedule and made available to the public on Jan. 3, 2011, the date when registration for the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs and some Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs became available.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Norman Regional Health System’s Dr. Cynthia Taylor First in Nation to Receive Check for Meaningful Use

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—January 24, 2011—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Oklahoma’s Dr. Cynthia Taylor, affiliated with Norman Regional Health System, is the first in the country to receive a reimbursement check from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for demonstrating “meaningful use” of an electronic medical records system. An eClinicalWorks customer since February 2008, Dr. Taylor received a ceremonial check for $21,250 in her office from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Aetna Medicity Acquistion

As predicted in August 2010, another insurance carrier has purchased a Health Information Exchange provider.

Will the Blues make the next move? SV
NYC REACH, Regional Extension Center, invitation to ONC-ATCB EHR systems

NYC REACH, the Regional Extension Center for New York City, would like to invite EHR vendors with certified ONC-ATCB complete EHR systems to attend one of three meetings we are hosting to understand how we could work together. We are interested in learning how our federally subsidized program could augment the services you provide to your customers, what co-development you would like to do with us, and how we could partner with you. We've heard from many of you that you would like us to find a way to collaborate with a wider pool of EHR vendors, particularly those vendors who were not selected during our preferred vendor process last year, and we are excited to hear from you how we could do that.

To that end, we invite you to register for & attend one of the following
3 sessions:

Feb 23, 2011 from 10 AM to 12 PM

Feb 25, 2011 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Mar 4, 2011 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Please register online at

All meetings will be held at the PCIP/NYC REACH offices at 161 William Street, 6th floor conference room, in New York City. No more than 2 representatives from any EMR vendor organization may attend as space is limited. You must register in order to attend as you will need to be cleared by building security. Again, only vendors with complete ONC-ATCB certified are invited at this time.
NY County Medical Society Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Presentation

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): What They Are, What They Are Not and What They May Be

Monday, February 28, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hospital for Special Surgery (Conference Room C), 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY

The ACO, authorized by the 2010 healthcare reform act, is a new provider configuration the government thinks may have great potential - to boost quality, help cut costs and put physicians in a key decision-making role. Big savings and bonuses may be possible for ACOs. But will physicians control ACOs - or will control be taken over by the hospitals? What should physicians be doing right now?
With presentations by Kern Augustine attorney Donald Moy (who's also Counsel to MSSNY) and ACO expert Marion Davis - followed by a panel discussion with NYCMS physician leaders Scot Glasberg MD and Michael Goldstein MD, and NYCMS counsel Scott Einiger.
The ACO will take global responsibility for the care of a specific group of Medicare patients, all the way from initial office visits through hospital stays.
- Will the old problems of capitation creep in again?
- Will shared savings and bonuses actually materialize - now that Congress is talking about dismantling parts of the healthcare reform law?
- Will all Medicare beneficiaries be routed into ACOs? What will happen to primary care physicians who aren't part of ACOs?
- Are clinical guidelines well enough developed? And are physicians ready to collaborate on this level?
- Huge, powerful IT systems will be needed. Can the physician-run ACO afford to buy and maintain those systems? (Remember: Hospitals have cheaper access to capital.)
- The physician-run ACO will be a network, with primary care physicians in decision-making roles. The goal: To minimize unnecessary specialty care. What will happen to specialists?
- What will the insurers do? Will they all switch over to the new ACO-oriented payment model at the same time?
- What if the public blames physicians for withholding or rationing care?
- Should physicians rush to form and join ACOs? What might be some pitfalls?

Be sure to join us for this discussion! Sign up as soon as possible: "Accountable Care Organizations: What They Are, What They Are Not, and What They May Be," in Conference Room C, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th, New York, NY, on Monday, February 28, 2010. Registration 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00 p.m.

Register by calling Lisa Joseph at 212-684-4670, ext. 222, or e-mailing
Dr. Farzad Mostashari Discusses How to Implement Health IT

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Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

P01 - Opening Keynote Presentation:
Implementing Health IT: The Meaningful Use Regulation and Beyond

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM , Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy Office, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, Senior Advisor in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will update attendees on the latest developments in the ongoing evolution of meaningful-use requirements under the HITECH Act, and will address questions and concerns from the audience.

Friday, February 04, 2011

NYeC Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use Summit Series 2011


* . Practices still using paper records
* . Practices with EHRs wanting to qualify for Meaningful Use and federal reimbursements


* Thursday, March 31 Troy, Hilton Garden Inn
* Thursday, April 28 Syracuse, The Genesee Grande
* Friday, April 29 Johnson City, Traditions At The Glen
* Wednesday, May 11 Fairport, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa
* Thursday, May 12 Buffalo, Hyatt Regency
* Thursday, June 16 Farmingdale, Carlyle On The Green
* Friday, June 17 West Point, The Thayer Hotel


LEARN how electronic health records improve your practice and patient care and reduce costs

RECEIVE information on how to reach Meaningful Use and receive federal reimbursements

OBTAIN exclusive access to vendors for new products and the latest technologies

LISTEN to expert speakers

NETWORK with peers

JOIN the NYeC EHR adoption program and get discounted pricing for EHR systems and consulting services

Use Discount Code: NYEC1

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Released

The biggest changes reflect a more patient-centric point of view based upon feedback as well as the inclusion of Meaningful Use language. In the end, a Patient Centered Medical Home should Meaningfully Use Health Information Technology. SV

On January 31, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released new standards for its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program. The revised standards call on medical practices to be more patient-centered and reinforce federal "meaningful use" incentives for primary care practices to adopt health information technology.

NCQA's PCMH 2011 program provides a roadmap for practices to improve delivery and the experience of care for both clinicians and patients. The PCMH 2011 standards offer guidance on developing better chronic care management programs, enhancing patient engagement and improving patient outreach. They are focused on evidence-based requirements to improve quality and reduce costs and encourage practices to adopt proven systems for improving care.

More information on the revised standards can be found here.