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MCIC Press Release

November 4, 2004

Hot Off The Press

Electronic Healthcare Technology Educational Teleconference Series: Planning for Compliance with the Key Timelines and Deadlines of the Federal Mandates and How to Implement Electronic Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Care and Improve Your Bottom Line

MANASQUAN, NJ, November 4, 2004 Two special teleconferences on electronic healthcare technology have been organized: Planning for Compliance with the Key Timelines and Deadlines of the Federal Mandates to Implement e-Healthcare Technology scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m Eastern time, and "How to Implement Electronic Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Care and Improve Your Bottom Line" scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. These senior-level programs have been organized by Health Resources Publishing.

A combination of federal health regulatory mandates are poised to force healthcare providers and payors to adopt e-health technological applications.

The Medicare Modernization Act of 2004 (MMA) provides that e-prescribing based on national standards be mandatory for drug plans participating in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit by 2009, although CMS expects to require an initial set of well-established standards by January 2006 when the Medicare benefit begins.

Planning For Compliance With The Key Time Lines And Deadlines Of The Federal Mandates To Implement e-Healthcare Technology, a 90-minute live conference scheduled for Nov. 11, will help participants understand the federal requirements and deadlines mandated for the adoption of electronic health records, nationwide e-prescribing mandates, and other health information technology requirements.

Expert speakers Jeff Greene, Business Development for Dr. Notes Inc. and John Quinn, Principal and Chief Technology Officer for Capgemini Health Provider Practice will cover topics including:

  • The regulations, standards and implementation requirements of Public Law 108-173: The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act
  • The federal health mandates, timelines and deadlines for adoption of the electronic medical record
  • The HL7 interoperability standard; what it is and a review of a functional model

How to Implement Electronic Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Care and Improve Your Bottom Line, a 90-minute live conference scheduled for Nov. 18, focuses on ways participants can implement e-healthcare technology by learning what has worked and what has not -- from experienced professionals.

Expert speakers Leo E. Cousineau, MD, director of medical informatics for The Kevric Company and Tom Mack, vice president of CH Mack, Inc. will cover topics including:

  • Personal experiences in implementing e-Healthcare: what worked what didn't
  • Implementation costs, timelines, ROI
  • Use of electronic healthcare technology in disease management
  • Use of healthcare technology to provide more holistic (and more cost-effective) client care
  • Moving beyond the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Integration of EMR and ECR (electronic client record)
  • Using the ECR to identify and address risk patterns and prevent onset of the disease
  • Employment of a Primary Care Team (PCT),
  • Using a Program Goals Intervention Map (PGIM)
  • Using (free) home and community-based social services to identify and possibly eliminate contributing factors to client health risks

A 30 minute question and answer session will also be included in each tele-conference.

The healthcare industry has been experiencing tremendous activity in health information technology. Electronic medical records (EMRs) and e-Prescribing systems promise higher quality and safety of patient care, and a more cost and time-efficient healthcare delivery.

Stimulating the growth and keen interest in e-prescribing is the Medicare Prescription Act that mandates e-prescribing, plans for the new The National Health Information Infrastructure, and CMS mandates that electronic Medicare claims that do not meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards will be treated as paper claims and paid more slowly than HIPAA-compliant electronic claims.

For more information on Planning For Compliance With The Key Time Lines And Deadlines of The Federal Mandates to Implement e-Healthcare Technology, visit http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/fedman.htm, call (800) 516-4343, or e-mail priority@healthrespubs.com.

For more information on How to Implement Electronic Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Care and Improve Your Bottom Line, visit http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/ecare.htm, call (800) 516-4343, or e-mail priority@healthrespubs.com.

Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F4, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.themcic.com.

Sales, marketing or business development executives may also call for more information, 1-800-516-4343.


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