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In This Issue — November 6, 2013

Take advantage of HIMSS Books’ Resource Sale of the CPHIMS Review Guide and HIMSS Dictionary • Lend your expertise to one of our HIMSS communities • Meaningful Use Regional Dinner Series returns

Have a question, comment, or idea? Please send them to Matt Schlossberg.

What’s New

Save 20-30% on CPHIMS Review Guide and HIMSS Dictionary
From now through Nov. 30, HIMSS Books is offering a 20 percent discount on the best-selling books Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems: The CPHIMS Review Guide, 2nd ed. (print/eBook) and the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, 3rd ed. (print/eBook), both completely revised and updated in 2013. Save 30 percent when you purchase the books as a collection (print/eBook)!

HIMSS14 Registration and Housing Open
Attendee registration for the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 23-27, in Orlando is open. Early-bird registration rates for HIMSS13 are available now through Dec. 10. HIMSS14 attendee registration includes entrance to all education sessions and the exhibit hall, the Welcome/Opening Reception on Sunday, February 23, and registration tote bag (while supplies last). The HIMSS14 website features details on all registration categories, registration for specialty conferences, registration for optional events such as workshops, symposia and the CPHIMS/CAHIMS exams and review courses, and discounted rates for a One-Day Pass and Wednesday Exhibit Hall Only Pass. In addition to registration, HIMSS14 housing is open. Hotels are expected to fill up quickly, so attendees are encouraged to make hotel reservations early through onPeak, HIMSS’ official housing and travel bureau. In addition to making reservations online, attendees can contact onPeak at 877-517-3038.

Beyond Stage 1 MU Complimentary Educational Event
HIMSS will continue its popular Meaningful Use Regional Dinner Series in 2013-14. This in-person event will provide attendees with the resources, tools, guidance and practical know-how to continue on a successful path towards achieving Meaningful Use initiatives throughout 2014 and beyond. Subject-matter experts will review Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria and Clinical Quality Measures. The series will also look at local HIE initiatives and REC services. The audience includes professionals working on EHR Meaningful Use initiatives in the ambulatory practice setting. The next event will be held on Dec. 3, at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland. Click the link above to learn more or to register.

CMS Corrects Measure Specification Errors on Website
This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a correction to the eligible professional (EP) electronic specifications on the CMS website for clinical quality measures (CQMs). CMS determined that the error may have occurred as early as August 22, 2013—therefore, if users downloaded measure specifications on or after August 22, they will need to revisit the website to obtain the correct CQMs.  Click the link above for details.

U.S. Physicians Had Some Exchange Capacity in 2011, says HHS
A new report out of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) found that most office-based physicians have had capabilities to view lab results and exchange medication data since 2011. In addition, one third of ambulatory doctors have been able to exchange clinical summaries. Click the link for more highlights from the study, which was published in the American Journal of Managed Care (Vol. 19, No. 10).

Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Elections Underway
The annual election of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will run through Nov. 15. On Oct. 15, a voting instruction e-mail was sent to all members who have an e-mail address on file with HIMSS. All others will be sent instructions via U.S. mail service. Please see the candidate list by clicking the link above.

Tools & Resources

Linking Technology and Supply Chain to Cost, Quality and Outcomes
Join HIMSS and AHRMM for a collaborative virtual event series. Explore how the supply chain function contributes to realizing the overall value of health IT. In this first event (Nov. 13) of the three-part series, we'll uncover how to leverage this untapped data mine—providing you with the means necessary to improve performance in your organization.

Ask the Expert: Questions about Meaningful Use for EPs
Check out the new "Ask the Expert" series for small practices. HIMSS experts will answer your questions on a regular basis. Current topics include the difference between the CMS EHR certification identification and CHPL Product Numbers; how to engage patients in their care to meet my Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements; and what is meant by "View" for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Measure #7/patient engagement. Is there a question you'd like to have answered, or would you like to write a Q&A for ambulatory practices? If so, please complete the survey at the link above, or contact Valerie (Knoke) Griffen.

HIMSS Provider-Patient Engagement Resource
Check out the new HIMSS Provider-Patient Engagement resource—Using Personal Health IT (PHIT) to Transform Healthcare. Most consumers’ use of PHIT is done outside of health systems, offices and information systems. Learn how activated, engaged consumers are already working to improve their health outcomes, and providers’ clinical success. Click the link above to learn more.

Accountable Care Organizations: Core IT Capabilities Defined
A new document from the HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force features a starter kit of IT capabilities needed and employed in an ACO. As ACOs grow and mature over time, so will the understanding of IT enablers and thus this list. Click the link above to access. To join the ACO task force and continue development of the capability framework, contact Shelley Price, HIMSS.

Good Informatics Practices (GIP) Guidance: Six Modules Available as eBooks
Good Informatics Practices (GIP) Guidance is an implementable IT system and process guidance for life sciences executives, technology practitioners and auditors designed to optimize and build a trusted IT ecosystem. Six of these modules are available as eBooks. Harness the transformational value of IT within your organization with GIP modules available at the HIMSS eBookstore.

Purchase HIMSS eBooks Subscriptions for Your Entire Organization at One Low Price
Access a library of knowledge for your entire organization in the palm of your hand—Introducing the HIMSS eBook Subscription Program. Purchase a subscription to our entire eBook library or customized packages for your company, community or organization. The Subscription Program allows for concurrent knowledge delivery—allowing you and your staff to learn, grow and apply as a team. To learn more about the program and our competitive rates, click the e-mail link above.

Sponsored Content

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Voice Enable Your Clinical Workflows & EMR
For the first time ever, clinicians can have “a conversation with their EMR” while being completely mobile and free to focus first on patient care. Read how voice overlay on EMRs from VoiceFirst boosts clinical workflow efficiency, clinician morale, and patient satisfaction.

EMR Voice Overlay Technology vs. Dictation : Understanding the Difference
For decades when the healthcare industry thought of speech recognition, it meant only one thing—dictation. Now voice and speech recognition technologies are taking a more active role on the front lines of patient care to boost clinician efficiency and patient satisfaction.

The Time to Replace Your Legacy EMR Solution Is Now
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Calling All Members

Calling all Concierge, Direct Pay, & Retainer-Based Medical Practices
HIMSS is collaborating on an academic study on "concierge" medical practices (e.g., boutique medicine, retainer medicine, direct primary care, other types of fee for care preventative medicine). Please take a moment to complete and help us promote this survey at the link above. Eligible participants include physicians that either own or partially own the direct pay private practices; office managers with 1+ years of experience at the practice (in lieu of the physician); any one physician/office manager at a practice that is affiliated with a hospital or hospital wing. (e.g., Inova 360 is the concierge medical practice wing of the hospital that participated in the survey); or physicians of practices of hospitals that are part of a network, coalition, or franchise of retainer medicine. (e.g., MDVIP and MedLion represent franchises, and Qliance and AAPP represent coalitions that provide the retainer medicine business model). All responses will be anonymous and de-identified. Participants will receive an incentive (Amazon gift card or a donation to the charity of your choice) in exchange for their time and willingness to participate via e-mail. Research is being conducted by Divya Srinivasan, PhD, Public Policy Student, George Mason University. Please contact Srinivasan directly by e-mail ( if you prefer to answer questions through a phone or in-person interview or have any other questions.

Interested in Provider-Patient Engagement?
Join your peers for monthly virtual presentations by the field’s top experts! HIMSS will launch a new provider-patient community of practice for HIMSS members in fall 2013, and we need your help in determining the topics and speakers for the upcoming year. Please take a minute to complete the following short survey to indicate your areas of interest and how HIMSS can best help you on your journey to patient e-engagement.

NEW! HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community
Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) has the power to help you positively impact patient care, delivery, health outcomes, and business operation. The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. Through membership, you will obtain practical knowledge and guidance to help you effectively manage and use data. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events on the fourth Thursday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on Jan. 23. Sign up for the Community and learn how to turn data into action. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

HIMSS Launches Provider-Payer Community
After four year of bringing providers, payers, and health IT solutions together through the HIMSS Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable to explore payer-provider-IT collaborations and solutions that improve health and value, and foster collaboration and trust, HIMSS is expanding its efforts by launching the Provider-Payer Community. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events 3rd Thursday of most months from 4-5 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on Nov. 21 for “The Revolution Revealed! Top 5 Areas Fostering Transformation.”  Sign up for the Community and be a part of the movement from volume to value through collaboration.  For more information, contact Nancy Devlin or visit the Provider-Payer Community website.

HIMSS Volunteer Opportunities: ICD-10
With the October 2014 ICD-10 deadline just one year away, there are many opportunities for HIMSS members to share their knowledge and expertise in any of the areas listed below. If you are interested in becoming involved or contributing content on ICD-10, please contact Joanne Bartley, Manager, Business Centered Systems, via e-mail or 312-915-9251.

HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force Seeks Members
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Data and Analytics Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources providers and provider organizations need to manage, integrate and aggregate the necessary information to support robust data and analysis that will facilitate effective reporting by translating data into meaningful knowledge, resulting in improved quality, clinical and financial outcomes. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Population Health Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources – including tactical C&BI strategies around data and analytics, and strategies for organizational planning and patient engagement—to help healthcare organizations use C&BI to execute population health management initiatives. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, 2-3 p.m. (ET). Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force Seeks Members
The Accountable Care Task Force is accepting members to help create tools and resources providers, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans and other stakeholders need to achieve the industry transition from volume to value based healthcare through Accountable Care Organizations. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. To sign up for the Task Force, and to help us get to know each other’s background, skill set and interest, fill out this brief survey. Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force Seeks Members
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources focused on industry use cases. The use cases highlight best practices and lessons learned by providers and provider organizations using information to drive improved business and clinical decision-making. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). To sign up for the Task Force, contact Nancy Devlin

Share Your Career Story
HIMSS is looking for health IT leaders who are willing to share their “pearls of wisdom” and advice with our Emerging Professionals group via a monthly webinar series. We will host a series of monthly, informational webinars that meet on the second Friday of the month from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (CT). If interested, send your contact information and a short description (30-50 words) of your presentation to the e-mail link above. To view recordings of past webinars, click here.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Linda Koontz, CIPP/US/G , is the editor of HIMSS Book’s Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment (print/eBook), which explores how the rapidly changing U.S. healthcare landscape will affect patient privacy.

Koontz is a senior principal for privacy and strategy at MITRE, where she advises senior-level staff at federal agencies on strategic approaches to building privacy into their organizations, processes, and systems.

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Chapter Events

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State and National HIE Updates

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Nov. 8
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mHealth Summit

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Corporate Members of the Week

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Corporate Member Spotlight

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Committed to improving patient care, Humanscale offers mobile technology carts, wall-mounted computer stations and ergonomic seating and work tools.

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Cumberland Consulting Group is a national technology implementation and project management firm serving ambulatory, acute, post-acute and long-term healthcare providers. Medicscan® by Card Scanning Solutions is a software application that reads Medical Insurance Cards, Driver'€s Licenses, and ID'€™s. It will extract the data from the cards and auto-populate patient registration pages. SUSE®, a pioneer in open source software, delivers smarter Linux and cloud innovation that gives enterprises the control and flexibility they need to succeed.

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