Friday, April 27, 2012

HIMSS NYS MINI-HIMSS was a success!

Thanks to to all the attendees, volunteers, speakers and vendors for making the event such a success.

Stay tuned at HIMSS NYS for future events. SV

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NY Digital Health Accelerator Launched – Applications Being Accepted!

The New York eHealth Collaborative along with the New York City Investment Fund and the NYS Department of Health, has launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) to fund 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics, and message alerts for healthcare providers.

The program’s participating providers are actively looking for new technology products that will help them effectively implement the new Health Home model, which is part of New York’s Medicaid redesign initiative. Approximately 975,000 patients with multiple chronic illnesses are being transitioned from fee-for-service to this new managed care model.

Program Features

• 12 tech companies accepted into the 9 month program will receive direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives at a broad network of provider organizations in New York State.

• The program will provide up to $300,000 of funding per company from a syndicate of leading venture capital and strategic investors.

• Selected companies will have priority access to the technology platform that is connecting electronic health records across New York State, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

• A leadership program which provides an opportunity to interact with a network of healthcare leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors.

Who Should Apply

• We are interested in early- and growth-stage companies where access to clinical and technical feedback from provider organizations could have a meaningful impact on the company’s development prospects.

• At a minimum, the company should have a beta version of its technology.

Apply at The deadline to apply is June 1, 2012
EHR users not attesting to Meaningful Use because of EHRs?

A Health Affairs Article found a surprising percentage of practices that were ready to attest but did not due to limitations of their EHRs. SV

Please share your experiences with us.

Health Affairs

Monday, April 23, 2012

CMS EHR Incentive Program Payments as of March 2012: $4,484,340,767!!!

For those of you who have not yet moved to an EHR, I strongly encourage you to contact your RECs (Regional Extension Centers), AMA, State Medical Societies, Specialty Organizations and get the advice you need to proceed. SV


Friday, April 13, 2012

Annual NYS HIMSS Conference - Meaningful Use: Next Steps, Friday, April 27, 2012


7:45am – 9:00am: Registration/Continental Breakfast & Vendor Networking
9:00am – 9:15am: New York HIMSS President’s Message Speaker: Joe Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS, Principal, TELUS Healthcare
9:15am – 9:30am: HIMSS Board Welcome - Speaker: Ken Ong, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA , CMIO of New York Hospital Queens
9:30am – 10:30am: Key Note - Learnings from the NYS EHR implementations to date - Impacts on Quality of Care Speaker: Amanda Parsons, MD, Assistant Commissioner of the Primary Care Information Project, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
10:30am – 10:45am: Morning Break
10:45am – 11:45am: Key Note - NYS Priorities for Health IT Transformation; Speaker: Rachael Block, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Health Information Technology Transformation NYS Department of Health
11:45am – 1:30pm: Lunch, Vendor Fair & Networking
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Key Note: SHIN-NY – 2.0; Speaker: David Whitlinger, Executive Director, New York eHealth Collaborative
2:30pm – 2:45pm: Afternoon Break
2:45pm – 3:45pm: Breakout Session 1: Meaningful Use Next Steps: Stage 2 - Speaker: Ken Ong, CMIO of New York Hospital Queens
2:45pm – 3:45pm: Breakout Session 2: Physician HIT Best Practices for Driving Success in 2012 and beyond, Speaker: Judi Painter, Regional Sales Manager e-MD’s
3:45pm – 4:45pm: Breakout Session 3: ACO’s
Speaker: Alan Gilbert, MPA, FHIMSS, Partner, Value Catalyst
Breakout Session 4: Meaningful Use - a Case Study; Speaker: Carol Boberg, BI & Analytics Manager, Encore Health Resources
3:45pm – 4:45pm: Breakout Session 4: Meaningful Use - a Case Study, Speaker: Carol Boberg, BI & Analytics Manager Encore Health Resources
4:45pm – 6:15pm: Networking Session
If you are not a HIMSS member - we recommend joining now! Join before registering
for this conference - and save $75!

Early Registration

HIMSS Member Registration (Early Registration) -- $ 125
Non-Member Registration (Early Registration) -- $ 200 Student Price -- $30
Late Registration (After April 17, 2012):
HIMSS Member Registration (Late Registration)-- $ 150
Non-Member Registration (Late Registration) -- $ 225

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

CMS Announces Extension of Eligibility Appeals Deadline to April 30

CMS is extending the deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to submit eligibility appeals under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs' 2011 payment year. The new deadline is April 30, 2012, giving EPs an extra month to file their appeals.

An eligibility appeal allows a provider to show that all the requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program were met and that he or she should have received a payment but could not because of circumstances outside of the provider's control.

CMS affords providers with a two-level appeal process: an informal review and a request for reconsideration. Within the two-level appeal process, there are three types of appeals that can be filed in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: (1) eligibility, (2) meaningful use, and (3) incentive payment appeals.

Detailed guidance on the appeals process and additional information on all of the appeal types are available on the OCSQ website.

Note: For general questions and for information on how to file an appeal, providers may contact Provider Resources, Inc., CMS' designated appeal support contractor, via phone between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday or via email.

1. Toll-free number: 855-796-1515
2. Email: