Meaningful Use Highlights from RSNA 2014

In this month’s post, we take a look at news and industry updates from RSNA 2014.

RSNA 2014 offered a number of educational tracks and sessions dedicated to the subject. From information packed sessions for radiology IT providers, to discussions with leaders in the field, there was something for everyone impacted by the CMS EHR Incentive Programs. What’s more, this year’s conference featured a number of new solutions and CEHRT designed for, and used for attestation by, radiology professionals.

Furthermore, many feature articles have been published over the past 2 weeks that focus on the topic of meaningful use and provide an excellent recap of the sessions and discussions that took place at the conference.

MU News from RSNA 2014

  • DiagnosticImaging.com: For Academic Radiologists, Meaningful Use Takes Support – Read more…
  • GovHealthIT.com: Fridsma: Meaningful use causing ‘real fatigue’ – Read more…
  • Healthcare-Informatics.com: In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use – Read more…
  • SearchHealthIT.com: At RSNA 2014, GE exec raps radiology meaningful use (Podcast) – Read more…

MU Announcements from RSNA 2014

  • Carestream Highlights MU Certification, PACS Updates – Read more…
  • RamSoft PowerServer Achieves ONC HIT 2014 Edition Complete EHR Certification from ICSA Labs – Read more…
  • Merge Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare Partner to Provide Advanced Interoperability for Increased Provider Satisfaction and Enhanced Patient Care – Read more…

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“Must See” MU Sessions at RSNA 2014

In this month’s post, we take a look at RSNA 2014 MU sessions.

In less than 3 weeks, nearly 60,000 radiology professionals from around the world will converge on Chicago to witness the latest discoveries, techniques and innovations for diagnostic imaging.

Every year there are certain topics that take the stage at RSNA, and 2014 is no exception-imaging decision support, structured data capture, data mining, radiation dosing, image sharing, and mobile devices are just a few notable topics. In addition to technological advancement, lessons learned and shared experiences about the CMS EHR Incentive Programs, or “meaningful use,” is sure to be a topic of discussion as it has been in recent years.

And to help you plan your trip to Chicago, we’ve compiled a list of “must see” MU sessions at RSNA 2014.

  • Tuesday 12/02/14 (8:30-10:00AM/RC354): Health IT Incentive Programs: Experience from Radiology Practices in Hospitals and Health Systems
    Presenter(s): Ramin Khorasani, MD, Curtis P Langlotz, MD, PhD, Keith D Hentel, MD, MS
  • Wednesday 12/03/14 (8:30-10:00AM/RC554): The Future of Federal Health Information Technology Incentive Programs and Policies: Expert Panel
    Presenter(s): Curtis P Langlotz, MD, PhD, Douglas B Fridsma, MD, PhD, John D Halamka, MD, MS, David S Mendelson, MD, Paul C Tang, MD
  • Thursday 12/04/14 (8:30-10:00AM/RC654): Health IT Incentive Programs: Experience from Private Radiology Practices
    Presenter(s): J.R Geis, MD, Alan D Kaye, MD, James Whitfill, MD, Alberto F Goldszal, PhD, MBA, Douglas B Fridsma, MD, PhD
  • Thursday 12/04/14 (4:30-6:00PM/RC754): Health IT Incentive Programs: Implications for Radiology IT Vendors. What Your Customers will Demand and Your Competition will Provide
    Presenter(s): Keith J Dreyer, DO, PhD, David E Avrin, MD, PhD
  • Friday 12/05/14 (10:30AM-12:00PM/RCC62): Managing Radiology IT in the EHR World
    Moderator(s): J.R Geis, MD
    Presenter(s): Keith J Dreyer, DO, PhD, Peter B Sachs, MD, Cree M Gaskin, MD, Gary J Wendt, MD, MBA

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MU Takes the Stage at RSNA 2013

In this month’s post, we take a look at news and industry updates from RSNA 2013.

Meaningful use is one of the most discussed topics across all health care specialties—and radiology is no exception. The challenges that the imaging community faces, and experiences of those that have already tackled this government program, were shared at the recent Radiological Society of North America annual conference.

RSNA 2013 offered a number of educational tracks and sessions dedicated to the subject. From information packed sessions for radiology IT providers, to discussions with leaders in the field, there was something for everyone impacted by the CMS EHR Incentive Programs. What’s more, this year’s conference featured dozens of new solutions designed for, and used for attestation by, radiology professionals.

Furthermore, a number of feature articles have been published over the past 2 weeks that focus on the topic of meaningful use and provide an excellent recap of the sessions and discussions that took place at the conference.

MU News from RSNA 2013

  • HealthDataManagement.com: Radiologists Share Diverse Meaningful Use Experiences –Read more…
  • DiagnosticImaging.com: Should Hospital-based Radiologists Pursue Meaningful Use? – Read more…
  • DiagnosticImaging.com: Some Radiologists Embrace Meaningful Use, Others Wait –Read more…
  • ImagingBiz.com: Take a Long View of MU –Read more…
  • TechTarget.com: New RIS workflows making EHRs look low-tech – Read more…

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Meaningful Use at RSNA 2013

In this month’s post, we take a look at meaningful use sessions and lectures at RSNA 2013.

Nearly 55,000 radiology professionals from around the world will converge on Chicago to witness the latest discoveries, techniques and innovations for diagnostic imaging – 2,000 education exhibits, 300 peer-reviewed refresher courses, and 2,500 scientific presentations. Below is a list of lectures and sessions about meaningful use that will support your participation in the CMR EHR Incentive Programs.

Monday 12/02/13 (4:30-6:00PM/ICII24): Meaningful Use for Radiology IT Vendors: What your Customers will Demand, and your Competition will Provide

Presenter(s): David E Avrin MD, PhD; Keith J Dreyer DO, PhD 

Even with Phase II rules of Meaningful Use, the fit with Radiology remains a challenge. The focus of the federal agencies remains on the primary care practices of internal medicine, family practice, and pediatrics. However, with recent refinement of the US Federal Health IT rulings for Meaningful Use (MU), it is hoped that some US radiologists will be eligible for substantial CMS incentives. Collectively, these incentives could total over $1 billion for radiologists alone. Up to $44,000 is available per qualifying Eligible Provider. As important, incentives may turn to penalties within a few years. MU was initially targeted towards primary care specialties, but under certain circumstances could apply to diagnostic radiology.  Eligibility for MU will depend upon the individual radiologist’s practice scenario. Some technology will come from existing infrastructure (including RIS, PACS, Reporting Systems) and others will come from new purchases (including Decision Support, Data Mining, Image Sharing and Patient Portals).

In this lecture, the presenters will describe ways to analyze your existing portfolio of products to determine which MU measures they should be eligible for, and to define a pathway toward MU certification of these modules.

Further, we will discuss the ability to determine what additional functionality might be added to your existing products to expand your MU certification offerings. Finally, we will explore ways for your company to provide all remaining MU measures, beyond your existing product portfolio, so that your existing and future customers can achieve Meaningful Use. We will also review results of an RSNA sponsored survey to propose a set of criteria that more appropriately define true MU for radiology to affect future federal rule setting when they move beyond primary care specialties.

Tuesday 12/03/13 (12:30-2:00PM/ICII32): Meaningful Use: Experience from Private Radiology Practices

Presenter(s): J. Raymond Geis MD; James Whitfill MD; Alberto F Goldszal PhD, MBA; Alan D Kaye MD

Learning objectives for this course include: 1) Learn how various radiology practices have approached Meaningful Use to date. 2) Understand the challenges of achieving Meaningful Use compliance with existing vendor products available today. 3) Explore ways to participate with either your hospital or multi-specialty practice to achieve Meaningful Use.

Wednesday 12/04/13 (12:30-2:00PM/ICII42): Meaningful Use: Experience from Radiology Practices in Hospitals and Health Systems

Presenter(s): Ramin Khorasani MD; Curtis P Langlotz MD, PhD 

Learning objectives for this course include: 1) Understand the meaningful use program. 2) Learn how hospitals and health systems have achieved meaningful use for their radiologists. 3) Decide how your practice should respond to the program. 

Thursday 12/05/13 (8:30-10:00AM/RC626): Latest Developments in Meaningful Use: Ask the Experts

Presenter(s): Curtis P Langlotz MD, PhD; Keith J Dreyer DO, PhD; Michael Peters

Learning objectives for this course include: 1) Understand the meaningful use program. 2) Learn how hospitals and health systems have achieved meaningful use for their radiologists. 3) Gain insight into recent and upcoming regulatory changes, and 4) Decide how your practice should respond to the program. 

For more information, search the full RSNA 2013 Meeting Program.

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