Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Focus on Canadian eHealth Innovation"

The Consulate of Canada

In partnership with

Aria Health Systems; Barnabas Health; Geisinger Health System; Hahnemann University Hospital; Horizon Blue Cross; Public Health Management Corporation; Summit Health; Tenet Healthcare Corporation; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; University of Pennsylvania Health System

Cordially invite you to

"Focus on Canadian eHealth Innovation"

Tuesday 4th, October 2011

The Hub at the Cira Center

30th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Matching Innovative Canadian Health Care & Solution Providers

with the Mid-Atlantics Leading Payers & Providers

An expert Advisory Board has chosen ten (10) innovative Canadian Health IT start-up companies to match up with ten (10) leading regional payers and providers through a one-day series of speed-dating and educational sessions. The eHealth Summit will:-

Match progressive health care providers and payers with innovative early-stage health care information technology companies to showcase and accelerate innovation
Accelerate meaningful use of health IT and health information exchange, better health care access, provision and outcomes and lower error rates and costs.

A limited number of tickets are available to the public to participate in this historic event.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Limited Capacity

Dress: Business Attire

Get more information

Register Now!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Vision for Canada: Family Practice: The Patient’s Medical Home

Let's share best practices and improve the quality for both sides of the border. SV

On September 21, 2011, the College of Family Physicians of Canada officially released its new position paper called A Vision for Canada: Family Practice – The Patient’s Medical Home. The document provides an important vision of the future of frontline patient-centred care to meet the health care needs for all Canadians through specific goals and recommendations. Please see the full document, executive summary and news release.

A Vision for Canada: Family Practice – The Patient’s Medical Home
A Vision for Canada: Family Practice – The Patient’s Medical Home (abridged version)
News Release
CMS:Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

Contact your health plans now!
Ask them to get involved.
Now is the time to change the payment paradigm from acute care to chronic/patient centered care. SV

The Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative is a new CMS-led, multi-payer initiative fostering collaboration between public and private health care payers to strengthen primary care for all Americans. Primary care is critical to promoting health, improving care, and reducing overall system costs, but it has been historically under-funded and under-valued in the United States. Without a significant enough investment across multiple payers, independent health plans-- covering only their own members and offering support only for their segment of the total practice population-- cannot provide enough resources to transform entire primary care practices and make expanded services available to all patients served by those practices. The CPC initiative offers a way to break through this historical impasse by inviting payers to join with Medicare in investing in primary care in 5-7 selected localities across the country.

The CPC initiative will test two models simultaneously: a service delivery model and a payment model. The service delivery model will test comprehensive primary care, which is characterized as having the following five functions:

Risk-stratified Care Management;
Access and Continuity;
Planned Care for Chronic Conditions and Preventative Care;
Patient and Caregiver Engagement;
Coordination of Care Across the Medical Neighborhood.

The payment model includes a monthly care management fee paid to the selected primary care practices on behalf of their fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries and, in years 2-4 of the initiative, the potential to share in any savings to the Medicare program. Practices will also receive compensation from other payers participating in the initiative, including private insurance companies and other health plans, which will allow them to integrate multi-payer funding streams to strengthen their capacity to implement practice-wide quality improvement.

The Innovation Center is now accepting letters of intent from public and private health care payers for the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative.

The first step is for public and private payers (including states) to indicate their interest to CMS, including the level and type of support for primary care practices being offered. Interested payers must submit a nonbinding letter of intent and a completed Geographic Service Area Worksheet by November 15, 2011 via email to Applications from payers that do not submit a timely letter of intent will not be considered.

Final applications, to be completed only after the letter of intent has been submitted, must be received on or before January 17, 2012. Once CMS evaluates these proposals and selects the markets, a second solicitation will be issued for primary care practices in those markets.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) Fall Forum

Now in its 13th year, this conference is designed specifically for NEQCA physicians, nurses & administrative staff. The forum offers seminars, exhibits, cocktail reception and dinner. RSVP for this event now. We look forward to seeing you there!

October 4, 2011
Sheraton Four Points, Norwood, MA

Register Now

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CMS Lab Results Access Proposed Rule Issued

You have until November 14, 2011 to post your comments on the site.
Please post them here as well. SV

CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy: Patients' Access to Test Reports
ONC Publishes Final Version of the Federal HIT Strategic Plan: 2011–2015

Here's some reading for the weekend. SV

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 ("the Plan") is developed under the leadership of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and in close collaboration with other federal partners. The Plan reflects a strategy for coordinating with the public and private sector to realize Congress’ and the Administration's health information technology (health IT) agenda: improving the quality, efficiency, safety and patient-centeredness of health care.

The Plan reflects federal government priorities to help eligible providers become meaningful users of health IT; support implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA); protect individuals’ privacy; empower consumers with access to their health information, and support enhanced learning and innovation. The Plan, which was last published in 2008, has been updated to take into account the rapidly changing landscape of health IT and health IT policy. Since 2008, two major pieces of legislation have established an ambitious agenda and committed significant resources to health IT– the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the PPACA. The HITECH Act addresses security and privacy risks as health IT becomes a more ubiquitous part of health care, and PPACA expands both public health care and private health insurance initiatives.

Federal HIT Strategic Plan: 2011–2015
New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC Digital Health Conference:Speakers list

Here is the list of experts who will be presenting.
See you there.
Share your experiences and thoughts here, before, during and after:

What would you like discussed?
What you thought of the conference?
Suggestions for future conferences.

The conference will bring together hundreds of health information technology (HIT) stakeholders and decision-makers from across the region including providers of all types, the public sector, private industry, health plans, hospital administration, and others. The conference will showcase the latest technologies, share best practices, inspire collaboration, and generally support the advancement of healthcare innovation.
A separate awards ceremony and evening gala will be held the evening of December 1st.
Description of Track Scopes
Innovations in the Inpatient Setting: How real-world, practical accomplishments in care coordination, outcomes improvement, workflow efficiencies and administrative effectiveness are improving care in hospitals.
Advances in the Delivery of Primary Care: How new technologies are improving the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of the delivery of primary care. Innovations will include patient engagement, improving practice workflow and integration of devices.
Chronic Care Management: Showcase new technologies such as telehealth, wireless health technologies, disease management programs, medication adherence programs and ways to better care for chronic patients including the needs of caregivers and the aging.
Health & Wellness: Showcase patient, employee and consumer programs that are using digital technologies to help individuals maintain active and healthy lives.


Todd Park

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
T.R. Reid
Best-selling author and healthcare journalist, The Washington Post, PBS

TRACK SPEAKERS (as of 9-16-11):

Cecily Baker, RN
Health Ministry, Mamre Seventh Day Adventist Church
Jean Bauch RD, CDE, CPT
Director, Unity Diabetes Center & Unity Cardiopulmonary Rehab
Russell Bessette, MD
Executive Director, University at Buffalo Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Neil Calman, MD, ABFP, FAAFP
President & CEO, The Institute for Family Health
Eli Camhi, MSSW, LMSW
Executive Director, NewYork-Presbyterian System SelectHealth
Thomas Cannell, MA
Director of Community Health Initiatives, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Thomas Check
Sr. VP & CIO, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Catherine Comeno, RN, BSN, CCDS, MBA
Clinical Services Director, Cardiology Associates
Anuj Desai
Director of Business Development, NYeC
Helen Figge, PharmD, MBA
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Senior Director, Career Services, HIMSS
Christina Galanis
Executive Director, Southern Tier HealthLink
Executive VP & CIO, Albany Medical Center
Chaim Indig
President & CEO, Phreesia
Lisa Kern, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
Al Kinel, MBA
Program Director, Unity Health System Ð Community Diabetes Collaborative
Alice Loveys, MD, FAAP, FHIMSS
CMIO, IT Practice Consulting Corp.
Cyrus Massoumi
Co-Founder & CEO, ZocDoc
David Mendelson, MD
Chief of Clinical Informatics, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Amanda Parsons, MD
Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Health Care Access & Improvement,
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
KK Rajamani, MD
Chief of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Unity Hospital
Jason Shapiro, MD, MA
Associate Professor, Mount Sinai Medical Center;
Chair Clinical Advisory and Evaluation Committees, NYCLIX
Richard Terry, DO, MBA, FAAFP, FACOFP
UHS, Family Medicine Residency
Victoria Tiase, RN, MS
Director, IT Strategy, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
David Whitlinger
Executive Director, NYeC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NYC REACH Expands EHR Partner List with Seven More Vendors

Even more choices for physicians practicing in NYC!
Contact NYCREACH for details and for assistance in achieving Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. SV

NYC REACH, the federally funded Regional Extension Center overseen by the Primary Care Information Project at the NYC Health Department, has added seven more EHR vendors to its partner list, and now supports a total of 12 EHRs. By expanding the list of partner companies, the extension center offers personalized Meaningful Use support to a growing number of EHR users in New York City.

EHR vendors went through an open, competitive process and met strict requirements beyond the national Meaningful Use certification standards. After closely examining the companies and products, NYC REACH officials selected seven EHR systems:

• Amazing Charts
• Criterions
• CureMD
• MedAZ

• Office Practicum
• OmniMD
• Pulse

“Doctors in New York City use a variety of EHRs, and we want to offer our subsidized training to as many practices as possible. Partnerships with new EHR vendors allow us to help more practices achieve Meaningful Use and improve care regardless of the system they use,” explains Acting Assistant Commissioner Dr. Jesse Singer. The NYC REACH Meaningful Use curriculum teaches physicians the qualifications for incentive payments, measures they must meet, and how to attest to Medicaid or Medicare for payment.

NYC REACH chose systems that not only meet the requirements for Meaningful Use, but also give physicians tools to practice preventive medicine, manage chronic conditions, and coordinate care. Doctors shopping for an EHR can receive free vendor selection assistance to help identify a product that is right for their practice.

NYC REACH offers three levels of support for doctors using an EHR or looking to adopt a system.

On-site Meaningful Use Support
On-site Meaningful Use education and classes for users of all partner vendors
• AmazingCharts
• Criterions
• CureMD
• eClinicalWorks
• Greenway
• MDLand
• MedAZ
• MedLink
• NextGen

• Office Practicum
• OmniMD
• Pulse

Implementation Support
Discounts on pre-negotiated EHR packages (including a free lab interface) and personalized implementation support for:
• eClinicalWorks
• Greenway
• MDLand

Vendor Neutral Meaningful Use Support
Physicians using any EHR can attend free Meaningful Use seminars and receive vendor-neutral education on the incentive programs.

Practices that do not have an EHR can use free NYC REACH resources to identify a system that meets their needs.

More Information
Contact or call (347)-396-4888 with questions.
EHR Vendor Partner selection process
ONC HEALTH IT Website for consumers and professionals

The site provides links for patients, families, providers and professionals.
A great resource to share. SV

Patients and Families

Providers and Professionals

Saturday, September 10, 2011

HIMSS New York State Student Informatics Conference

DATE: Friday, September 23, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The New York State Chapter of HIMSS is proud to present the 2nd Annual New York State Student Informatics Conference on September 23, 2011 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The conference will be held in the Health Science Education Building- Alumni Auditorium.

This Conference seeks to continue to nurture and develop tomorrow’s HIT professionals locally in New York State.

A detailed event agenda is available here.

Click here to register

Friday, September 09, 2011

EHR Meaningful Use event! Queens County Medical Society

This one will be hosted by Queens County Medical Society with the NYC REACH extension center, at the Queens County Medical Society, 112-25 Queens Blvd, 4th Fl, Forest Hills, NY 11375.

It's for practices seeking to transition from paper to electronic medical records or to move to a web-based EMR. You'll hear an Introduction to Meaningful Use payments and find out about free support and training to help NYC physicians meet Meaningful Use requirements.

You'll also get an overview and demo of GE Centricity Advance, a web-based, Meaningful Use-certified EMR, practice management system and patient portal designed specifically for small practices.

General admission: $10 pre-paid, $20 at door. MSSNY member $10 pre-paid, $15 at door (registration fee is waived for NYC REACH members). To register, call 718-268-7300

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

CMS Final Rule on Changes to Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule on changes to the electronic prescribing (eRx) incentive program. The rule states that providers may use either a qualified electronic prescribing system or certified EHR technology to generate electronic prescriptions, in an effort to avoid redundancy between the programs, and to prevent providers from having to purchase two separate systems with overlapping capabilities. This change applies to the remainder of the calendar year 2011 reporting period, for the 2011 eRx incentive, and the 2013 eRx payment adjustment. Additionally, the rule provides new significant hardship exemption categories for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment. These categories apply to: providers who have registered for the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; providers unable to electronically prescribe due to local, state, or Federal law or regulations; providers with limited prescribing activity; and providers with insufficient opportunities to report the eRx measure due to denominator limitations. Requests for significant hardship exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the deadline for requesting such exemptions has been extended to November 1, 2011.
Medical Economics EHR Study and Registration Link

This is great opportunity for those without EHRs to not only receive assistance in implementing an EHR but also to participate in a study that will hopefully provide meaningful information on the whole process. Sign up now! SV

Medical Economics, with input from physicians, has designed a study which will benefit the entire medical community in discovering the best practices in implementing EHR systems. Participating physician practices will be given an EHR system for 2 years. In return, each practice will provide Medical Economics with feedback about their EHR experience — the real story from the physician’s point of view. From set-up and training to implementation and day–to–day utilization, we’ll be asking for your input.

Medical Economics has received commitments from several of the top named EHR companies in the country who have agreed to participate in this EHR study. They will give participating physician practices use of their EHR system— free for 2 years including installation, training, and support. There are a limited number of slots available so the sooner you submit your application the better your chances of being selected.

Registration Link