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April 29, 2011

HRSA Health IT and Quality Webinar
The Health Resources andServices Administration (HRSA) has scheduled a webinar, Tips on Conducting Due Diligence for a Health IT System, on April 29 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar will address due diligence in the purchase of an electronic health record (EHR) or health information technology (IT) system/module and explore why it pays to prioritize functionality and not price. Speakers, who represent a variety of safety net provider environments including rural and community health centers and HIV/AIDS clinics, will focus on why due diligence is particularly important for safety net providers. Due diligence minimizes risk of an improper fit and increased costs related to ineffective information systems. Register at http://webcast.streamlogics.com/audience/index.asp?eventid=88712709.
 
CMS Teleconferences on Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Process
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled conference calls for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (May 3, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) and eligible professionals (May 5, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.) to provide information about the Medicare EHR Incentive Program attestation process. The calls will cover steps needed to receive the incentive payment, the web-based attestation system, assistance with attestation through the CMS online attestation system, resources on the EHR web site, and questions and answers about the attestation process. Hospitals should register by 2:00 p.m., May 2. Eligible professionals should register before 1:30 p.m. on May 4. Materials will be available in the Upcoming Events section of the Spotlight Page on the EHR Incentive web site.

DPW HIT Resources
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has made information available from previous webinars on the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) HIT Initiative web site, Program Specific Information and Resources page. Additional information and resources are available on the OMAP HIT Initiative web site.

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