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CMS rolls a number of Meaningful Use-related reporting changes for EPs into its proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare hospital inpatient and long-term acute care hospital prospective payment systems. Comments on the proposed rule, which includes the EP-related items below, are due June 13:

  • A modified clinical quality measure reporting period of at least 90 continuous days.
  • Better aligning MU and MIPS quality measures.
  • Certain exemptions for ambulatory surgical centers.
  • Exemptions for meaningful EP users whose EHRs have been decertified.


April 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “SSM Integrated Health Technologies Clinical Data Migration: Functional and Technical Considerations.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Sandy Winklemann, MHA, RHIA, project manager, SSM Integration Health Technologies; Tyler Mawyer, MHA, managing consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Kavon Kaboli, MPH, senior consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. GE Centricity and Meditech to Epic EHR transition. Join us for a complimentary webinar as present the decisions that are important to consider when performing a clinical data migration from the point of view of  the healthcare organization program manager, the clinical analyst, and the technical implementation team. Our expert panel will survey data migration considerations, best practices, and lessons learned. The webinar will present a unique client perspective, offering insight into considerations surrounding staffing, clinical mapping, legacy application support, and validation and testing.

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April 28 (Friday) 1:00 ET. “3 Secrets to Leadership Success for Women in Health IT.” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT; Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics – Tenet Healthcare. Join long-time C-level executives Liz Johnson and Nancy Ham as they share insights from nearly three decades of navigating successful healthcare careers, share strategies for empowering colleagues to pursue leadership opportunities, and discuss building diverse executive teams. This webinar is geared toward female managers and leaders in healthcare IT seeking to further develop their professional careers. It’s also intended for colleagues, executives, and HR personnel who are looking to employ supportive techniques that ensure diversity in the workplace.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.

Announcements and Implementations


Sales support company Rep Network offers physicians access to EPatientFinder’s Clinical Trial Exchange, which helps providers use EHR data to identify and enroll patients in relevant clinical trials.


Alvin Abaqueta, MD and William Long, MD enlist the aid of concierge practice management company MDVIP to open a new primary care practice in Charlotte, NC. Patients will have access to MDVIP’s health and wellness portal, and PHR. Over 800 physicians in 43 states have signed up for the company’s services since it launched in 2001.

OptimizeRx adds prior authorization services from PARx Solutions to its digital prescription savings software for EHRs.



Brad Logan (Sheridan Healthcare) joins Northwell Health practice management spinoff business Formativ Health as chief revenue cycle officer.



EWellness will debut new physical therapy technology within the next three months. Solutions on deck include app-based therapeutic exercise regimens, white-label telemedicine services, and a telehealth educational certification program. It will also open its first sales and marketing office within the next several weeks.


Signature Home Health Bellingham (WA) implements remote monitoring, virtual consult, and patient engagement technology from Health Recovery Solutions.

MobilDrTech becomes a value-added reseller of the Concierge Telemedicine System from Telemedicine Web Services.



Evans develops a set of emergency preparedness protocols to help large physician practices, mental health centers, long-term care facilities, and residential psychiatric treatment centers comply with CMS requirements that will take effect November 15.


Paging, er, texting Dr. Jayne: Vera Bradley will launch a line of apparel and accessories for healthcare professionals next Spring. Initial items will include uniforms, tote bags, and ID badge holders. It’s a new and presumably lucrative market for the company given that close to 20 percent of Vera Bradley’s customers work in healthcare.


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