Yesterday we held a great spotlight session on health IT at ACC.11 & i2
Summit. The morning session featured Mike Mirro, MD, FACC, Health IT Committee
co-chair, of Fort Wayne Cardiology, Jeff Westcott, MD, FACC, of Seattle
Cardiology, and Lee Goldberg, MD, FACC, of the University of Pennsylvania,
discussing their experiences implementing an electronic health record (EHR) in
various practice settings. The session included a Q&A with the group, along
with John Windle, MD, FACC, and Jay Alexander, MD, FACC, both of whom were
panelists at last
year’s Health IT Spotlight Session.
In the afternoon, John Harold, MD, MACC, Ralph Brindis, MD,
MPH, FACC, and I attended the 2nd part of the Health IT Spotlight
Session, which discussed the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and what providers
can do to qualify. Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, Deputy National Coordinator for
Programs and Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator, gave the
keynote address. Mostashari discussed the program, which has $17.2 billion in
incentives to assist providers in adopting health IT. From 2011-2015,
physicians who demonstrate “meaningful use (MU)” of EHR technology and
performance will be eligible for positive payment incentives. Mostashari
discussed at length what exactly “meaningful use” is and how providers can
demonstrate that they’re doing it. (You can view the specifics of MU on
CardioSource.) He also highlighted ACC’s opportunities to lead in leveraging MU
to promote the triple aim, and
encouraged us to act. Carpe diem.
Following Mostashari’s keynote, ACC Health IT Committee
Co-Chair James Tcheng, MD, FACC, discussed which providers and hospitals are
eligible and under which program (Medicare or Medicaid) they are able to
participate. Understanding if you’re eligible to participate in the Medicaid
program is critical, because there are greater financial incentives available
under that program than the Medicare program.
Finally, Floyd Eisenberg, MD, MPH, senior vice president for
health IT at the National Quality Forum, concluded the session with a
discussion of electronic quality reporting. Under the program, electronic data
collection is required for quality measures, and his discussion made it clearer
about how providers and hospitals can submit this data.
If you missed these great
sessions, you can still learn more about health IT. At 11:15 today, there will
be a Health IT Gadgets & Gizmos "Show & Tell" in the ACC
Central Theater (Booth #1947).