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COA, Optometry’s Meeting® to offer AOA EHR courses

February 23, 2012

The AOA’s new “Navigating Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting, and e-Prescribing with Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” continuing education courses will be offered during at least 20 state or national optometric association meetings this year, according to the AOA Clinical and Practice Advancement Group (AOA-CPAG).

The California Optometric Association has announced it will offer navigating EHRs courses on Nov. 9 and 10 as part of its prestigious, annual Monterey Symposium education meeting, in Monterey, Calif.

Navigating EHRs courses will also be offered as part of the continuing education program at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting®, June 27 – July 1, in Chicago.

The Optometry’s Meeting® courses will be offered June 27, from noon to 4 p.m., according to the AOA Meetings Center.

With those recent additions, at least 20 AOA navigating EHRs courses will be offered at optometric meetings around the nation during 2012, according to AOA-CPAG.

Building on AOA-CPAG’s highly successful program of EHR continuing education courses at Optometry’s Meeting®  and state optometric association meetings last year, the new “Navigating Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting, and e-Prescribing with EHRs” initiative this year offers a selection of three two-hour classes. 

The courses are designed to provide the specific guidance practitioners needs, whether they are just now planning to initiate EHRs in the offices, implementing basic health information technology (HIT) functions such as e-prescribing, hoping to earn substantial Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments by meeting government standards for the “meaningful use” of EHRs or planning to use HIT to facilitate participation in Medicare’s PQRS quality reporting program.

  • “EHR Software Selection and Implementation” is an entry-level HIT course for optometrists who plan to implement EHR technology in the coming months. 
  • “EHR Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use Update” is a more advanced course for practitioners who have already implemented EHRs and are now preparing to take part in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive programs. 
  • “Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and e-Prescribing Made Easy” explains how EHR systems can facilitate participation on the Medicare PQRS or other quality reporting programs.

“The EHR Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use Update and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and e-Prescribing Made Easy” course will be offered at Optometry’s Meeting®.

Optometrists around the nation should check with their respective state optometric associations to find out which navigating EHRs courses will be offered during their state meetings.

Demonstrations of EHR systems are planned by leading software vendors following the courses at Optometry’s Meeting®.

Like last year’s popular “AOA Enhancing Patient Care through the Implementation of EHRs” continuing education courses, the new “Navigating Meaningful Use,” “Quality Reporting,” and “e-Prescribing with EHRs” courses will be presented by nationally recognized experts on EHR implementation in optometric practice.

All three of the lectures are COPE-approved.

The “Navigating Meaningful Use,” “Quality Reporting,” and “e-Prescribing with EHRs” courses have been developed as part of the “AOA EHR Preparedness Program for Optometry,” sponsored by Codex Techworks, Compulink, Eyefinity, First Insight, FoxFire Systems Group, Kowa, Marco, Practice Director (a division of the Williams Group), QuikEyes, and RevolutionEHR.

For additional information and course updates, see the AOA Web site EHR page (www.aoa.org/EHR).

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