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MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute  at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is the designated state agency for promoting  Health IT  innovation, technology and competitiveness to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of health care across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Register for Meaningful Use Info Sessions - September 2016

Attend one of MeHI's upcoming information sessions to get prepared for successful Meaningful Use (MU) attestation for Program Year 2016. We will provide education and present practical tools, best practices, and insights to guide you in meeting and documenting the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requirements. The sessions will benefit Eligible Providers who want to attest for 90-day MU, 365-day MU, or Adopt/Implement/Upgrade (AIU).

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently  proposed a 90-day MU reporting period for 2016. This proposal will allow all providers, regardless of previous year attestation history, to use a 90-day MU reporting period versus the current required 365 days. The final ruling is expected October 2016.

Planning counts! There is still time to prepare for a 90-day reporting period. Get organized to take advantage of the anticipated ruling, as the MU reporting period must start on or before  October 3, 2016.


Tools & Tips to Prepare for 2016 MU Attestation
Introduction & Continental Breakfast
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Session
     - Meaningful Use Objectives Overview
     - Quick Tips that Lead to Aha Moments!
     - Insights into the Validation Process
Questions & Answers
Networking & Lunch 
Optional MeHI Health IT Session (Monday & Tuesday Only)
     - How to Conduct and Implement a Security Risk Assessment (SRA)
     - Health Information Exchange and Public Health Reporting 

Mon., Sept. 12* | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Tues., Sept. 13* | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Register
*Optional MeHI Health IT Options Session Monday & Tuesday Only
Fri., Sept. 16 | 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Register

 MeHI - Weiss Conference Room 
100 North Drive, Westborough, MA

Update: 2017 EHR Interoperability & State HIE Mandate 
The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) recently released the following statement regarding the Chapter 224 mandate that requires "all providers in the Commonwealth to implement fully interoperable electronic health records systems that connect to the statewide health information exchange by January 1, 2017." See M.G.L. Chapter 118I, Section 7 

"EOHHS is currently developing regulations regarding statutory requirements that providers must adopt fully interoperable EHRs that connect to the Mass HIway. EOHHS anticipates these requirements to apply at the provider organization level and will be phased in over a number of years. Initially, acute care hospitals, community health centers, and medical ambulatory practices larger than an EOHHS-determined threshold will be required to connect to the Mass HIway at specified dates between 2017 and 2019. All other provider organizations (e.g. behavioral health entities, dental clinics) will be required to connect to the Mass HIway by a date later than January 2018, to be specified in the future, and will be given at least one year advance notice. Draft regulations are expected to be publicly available at the start of the public comment period in Fall 2016."

MeHI will provide more information on the draft regulations as it becomes available.
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Four Telemedicine Pilots Funded by Mass. Health Policy Commission (HPC)

One of the Mass. Health Policy Commission's Health Care Innovation Investment Programs, Telemedicine Pilots, is focused on increasing access to high-quality behavioral health care through technology upgrades.

Recently, the HPC announced the funding of four Telemedicine Pilot projects totaling $1,762,789. Awards range from $340,000 to $500,000, for a 12-month period of performance. Read the press release .

Award Amount
Heywood Hospital
Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's Hospital $341,175
Riverside Community Care $499,860
UMass Memorial Medical Center $496,184

Eligible applicants and their partners proposed pilots to extend access to behavioral health care services using telemedicine for one of the following populations with unmet behavioral health needs: 
  • Individuals with substance use disorder;
  • Children and adolescents; or 
  • Older adults aging in place. 
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Updates
2016 Program Year Documentation Requirements
MeHI has developed program materials to assist Eligible Professionals (EPs) in attesting for a 2016 Medicaid EHR Incentive payment. The Supporting Documentation Requirements Guide, updated August 18, 2016, is available on our website along with tip sheets and templates within the MU Tookit for EPs to help you gather supporting documentation and prepare to attest. 
Deadlines to Submit Program Documents:
  • Supporting Enrollment and Data Collection Forms to register or access MAPIR -December 5, 2016
  • Hospital Ambulatory Group Proxy Information - January 16, 2017
  • Resident Proposals - January 16, 2017
Program Year 2015 Deadlines

*Date is an estimate
Program Year 2016 Deadlines

Upcoming Industry Events & Opportunities
Launch of PULSE@MassChallenge Applications 
On September 14th, join leaders and digital healthcare startups for the launch of the application process for the PULSE@MassChallenge program.

Officially opened in June 2016, PULSE@MassChallenge will pair startups and industry partners together to work over a 6-month period on healthcare's biggest challenges.

This launch event kicks off the application period for the program and will feature  a gathering of key influencers in the Massachusetts healthcare ecosystem and will include a "reverse-pitch" session that will highlight the opportunities they want to engage in through Pulse.

Wednesday, Sept. 14th 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Hatch Fenway, Landmark Center, 8th floor East elevators 
401 Park Drive
Boston, MA
Call for Submissions! Philips Wearable & Chronic Care Challenge

The Philips Wearables & Chronic Care Challenge  is an open call for solutions that reimagine how care is delivered through the seamless integration of clinical-grade wearable sensors, predictive analytics, mobile apps, connectivity, medication management, patient education, and engagement and other transformative experiences. 

Participants are encouraged to think of holistic ways of solving tough, multi-disciplinary challenges surrounding the management of patients with chronic conditions through a combination of technologies including wearables, software and analytics to help providers make meaningful decisions.

Submissions are open to any interested party, including clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, designers, artists, etc. Anyone with ideas on how to further the Triple Aim in the management of patients with chronic diseases is welcome to apply.

The online challenge runs for two months, and started on July 27. During this time the panel of judges and the community at large can offer feedback and suggestions to each team, who can then refine their submission up until the submission deadline. After that, finalists will be chosen based on a combination of online voting and the votes of the panel of judges.

The finalists of the online challenge will be invited to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience, and will be eligible to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes.

Seed Funding Available for Worksite Wellness Programs 

Working on Wellness  is a statewide program that offers up to $10,000 in seed funding and training to help organizations build a fun and effective worksite wellness program unique to their healthcare workplace. Worksite wellness programs can lower healthcare spending and lead to healthier, happier, and more productive employees. Apply to Working on Wellness by September 16th. Visit the website for more details and register for an upcoming informational webinar. 
Working on Wellness is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, developed and managed in partnership with Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness. Funding is provided by the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. 
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