Family physicians who have questions about the recently issued final rules that define and support "meaningful use" of electronic health records, or EHRs, can listen in from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT on July 22, when CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC, will host a free online audio training conference on the topic.
Physicians and other health care stakeholders are invited to participate in the audio conference, dubbed "ONC Certification and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: Final Rules -- How will they impact you?" To join the session, call (877) 251-0301 just prior to the start of the event. The conference ID pass code is 87841621.
Presenters will discuss the benefits of implementing health information technology and offer a summary of the final rules, including information about the
- temporary certification process for EHRs,
- initial set of standards and implementation specifications, and
- Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.
CMS also has issued three new fact sheets that could provide helpful background information to all physicians. They are
According to CMS, additional background materials will be posted on the agency's website before the scheduled telephone event.