The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 Annual Meeting, June 7-10, Orlando, is the place to discover today’s imaging informatics essentials and trends. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide for dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors. www.siim2012.org
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2012, June 20-22, Salt Lake City, invites you to join thousands of health insurance decision makers and guest speaker Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, for a unique combination of educational sessions and workshops focused solely on health insurance issues. www.ahip.org/Conferences/Institute2012 HFMA’s 2012 ANI Healthcare Finance Conference, June 24-27, Las Vegas, presents how-to solutions for pressing challenges, such as reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles. www.hfmaconference.org
SEPTEMBER The 2012 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) 48th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 22- 25, Denver, will feature more than 150 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing on state-of-the-art services in healthcare HR. www.ashhra.org/conference/2012/index.shtml
OCTOBER The 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 1-3, Chicago, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for an intense focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history. Pre- convention workshops take place Sept. 29-30. www.ahima.org/events/convention
RSNA 2012 – The 98th Scientifi c Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 25-30, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world. www.rsna.org/Annual_Meeting.aspx
Deadline nearing for physicians EPRESCRIBING
Just a friendly reminder from the American Medical Association
(AMA): June 30, 2012, is the deadline for physicians to report on at least 10 electronic scripts to avoid the 2013 Medicare ePrescribing program penalty. In November 2011, CMS released the fi nal regulation on the 2013 Medicare ePrescribing penalty program. The penalty for not successfully participating in the program, or not fi ling for an exemption on time, is a 1.5 percent payment reduction for all Medicare claims based on the 2013 fee schedule amounts during the year. Physicians who are not able to meet the requirements of the program should apply for a hardship exemption applicable to their particular case before the deadline. Exemption information is available at http://tinyurl. com/3nxthe5.
“While we do not think physicians are being given enough time to comply with the Medicare ePrescribing program, we want to make them aware of the upcom- ing ePrescribing deadline so they can take steps now to prevent being hit with the 2013 penalty,” says Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., AMA immediate past-president. Learn more about the ePrescribing penalty and the reporting requirements at www.ama-assn.org.
Better care at lower costs: How innovators see it PUBLICATIONS
“Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Inno- vators Show the
Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs,” written by Maureen Bisognano, Institute for Healthcare Im- provement (IHI) president and CEO, and healthcare journalist Charles Kenney, examines how leading U.S. organizations are trying to improve the individual experience of care and the health of popula- tions while reducing the per-capita cost of care. This title shares compelling stories in locations from Pittsburgh to Seattle and Boston to Oakland, focusing on topics that include: applying challenging chronic disease control measures with notable outcomes; leveraging employer buying power to improve quality, reduce waste and drive down cost; paying for care under innovative contracts that compensate for quality rather than quantity; and much more. Published by Jossey-Bass and available at a 20 percent discount at www.ihi.org.
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