Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2010 eClinicalWorks North East Regional Users' Group Meeting: Sat. March 27, 2010

2010 eClinicalWorks North East Regional Users' Group Meeting: Sat. March 27, 2010

Session topics include:

* Free software and subsidized services from PCIP
* Implementing an EHR - how to adopt your practice to a new system
* What you need to know to achieve Meaningful Use
* How better billing can improve your practice
* Increasing efficiency to deliver better care to more patients
* Expert speakers on improving quality
* Latest offerings from vendors across the industry
* Ways other NYC physicians succeeded with eClinicalWorks and PCIP support

Registration opens next week, including FREE introductory sessions for prospective users. Stay tuned to http://www.eclinicalworks.com/ for updates.

Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-7000

Rate: $159/night

Friday, March 26, 2010: 8 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 27, 2010: 9 am - 12 pm

Click Here to find out if you are eligible for a subsidized EHR from PCIP.

Friday, January 22, 2010

NYC DOH PCIP EHR Open House Feb 11

NYC DOH PCIP EHR Open House Feb 11, 2010

Transform your Practice with a Subsidized EHR

Learn the ins and outs of Electronic Health Records at an EHR
Open House, hosted by the NYC Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene.
Providers will meet the Primary Care Information Project team
and hear how to switch from paper records to secure Electronic
Health Records. Presentations will cover how to use an EHR to
improve patient care, meet federal incentive payment
requirements, and protect sensitive patient data. You will also
learn how to get an EHR at a substantial discount through our
limited incentive program.

Meet One on One With:
 EHR trainers
 Billing/coding instructors
 NYC Business Solutions: Help with financial and staffing
 Providers who have implemented an EHR


NYC DOH PCIP (PCMH) Patient Centered Medical Home Primary Care Information Project

Patient Centered Medical Home Primary Care Information Project


Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a care model in which the primary care physician, supported by staff, coordinates the care of patients across the health system. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched a certification program for practices that embrace the principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Achieving this certification could allow health plans and patients to recognize your care coordination and quality improvement work within this groundbreaking model of care.
When a patient appoints a primary care doctor as the leader of his or her Patient-Centered Medical Home, that provider coordinates appropriate referrals to labs, diagnostic imaging, specialist care, and follows up on emergency room visits; maintaining a comprehensive medical record for the patient. Access to these records and the continuity of the doctor-patient relationship allow a Patient-Centered practice to deliver appropriate care and keep up with preventive services for their patients. In fact, early studies of Patient-Centered primary care suggest that patients who have a primary care clinician coordinating their care and tracking outcomes are much more likely to receive evidence-based preventive care, and enjoy better health outcomes.

Researchers have proven that specialty medical care is more likely to be appropriate and effective when it is spurred by coordinated referrals from a patient’s primary care doctor. In response to this evidence, 74% of health care leaders in business, government and health care delivery support compensating practices that serve as patient-centered medical homes, according to a 2008 Commonweath Health Leaders survey.


Providers now have two more reasons to apply for PCMH certification. Empire BlueCross BlueShield and New York State Medicaid both recently announced plans to pay providers who meet the NCQA criteria. Empire will pay each certified primary care provider based on the number of Empire patients they see and the level of certification they have achieved.

While all the details of the two programs are not available yet, PCIP strongly encourages all practices to submit their paperwork to ensure they are eligible.

Get Started

If you are a PCIP-participating provider, we are delighted to inform you that you are already eligible for at least a Level I PCMH certification through NCQA. To receive your certification you must submit a basic application to NCQA. You may even be eligible to have PCIP cover the cost of your PCMH application. In addition, our Quality Improvement Specialists look forward to working with your practice to improve patient access and tracking, develop new office policies, and help refine your office workflows. As you take these steps towards improved quality of care, you will earn an even higher level of certification.
For details email Laura Breiner (lbreiner@health.nyc.gov).

Visit these links for detailed information the PCMH criteria.

National Committee for Quality Assurance
Primary Care Development Corporation - PCMH Handbook
On The Record - PCMH Forum

More Information you may also email: pcip@health.nyc.gov

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PQRI Reporting Feature

News alert, sv

Annual Changes to Claims-Based PQRI Reporting Feature

Annual changes to claims-based (CMS, Medicare) PQRI Measures - to include new measures, new CPT codes, and development enhancements to our built-in functionality (effective 1/1/2010).

When CMS changes the details of this reporting program every year, eCW must respond by changing the way the feature works within our software. This large project requires details we don't receive from CMS until mid-December, at best. Development is currently working on coding the functional enhancements. When enhancements are complete and fully tested, patches will be made if at all possible to limit the need for clients to upgrade please watch for future announcements. We are working quickly to make feature changes available to clients as soon as possible.

Until our enhancement of the "pop-up" PQRI code prompting feature is available, the appropriate codes can be added manually within the Progress Note or directly on the claim.

In the meantime, downloading our CPT 2010 patch #945 will update your CPT dictionary with all of the codes you'll need to report the new claims-based measures (188, 189, 190, 193, 194, 195, 201, 202, 203, and 204).

Patch #945 also includes the new code for the e-prescribing measure, G8553, which can be reported on claims.

All eCW practices have been enabled for CPT 2010 patch #945, with the exception of SaaS/ASP hosted clients and multi-server and Linux server clients. Messages about the patch were sent via the Administrator inbox in the eClinicalWorks application. If you have not received such a notification and feel your practice should have, please log a support ticket on the eCW Support Portal.

For information about changes for 2010, please click on the links below:


2010 PQRI Individual Quality Measures

The following document specific to the 2010 PQRI individual quality measures are available in the "Downloads" section:

- Updated (12-21-09) - 2010 PQRI Measures Specifications Manual for Claims and Registry Reporting of Individual Measures and Release Notes. This zip file contains two authoritative documents that describe:

1) The 2010 measure specifications (including codes and reporting instructions) for the 175 individual PQRI quality measures for claims or registry-based reporting, and;

2) Changes from the 2009 PQRI Measure Specifications in the form of release notes delineated by measure number.

2010 PQRI Measure Specifications Manual for Claims and Registry Reporting of Individual Measures and Release Notes [ZIP 3MB]