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Ala., N.H., Tenn. to offer EHR courses

April 18, 2012

The AOA’s new “Navigating Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting, and e-Prescribing with Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” continuing education (CE) courses will be offered during at least 23 state or national optometric association meetings this year, according to the AOA Clinical and Practice Advancement Group (AOA-CPAG).

The Alabama Optometric Association and Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians will both offer Navigating with EHRs courses May 5 as part of their annual meetings. The New Hampshire Optometric Association will offer a Navigating with EHRs course May 9 during its annual meeting.

Navigating with EHR 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 2 p.m., according to the AOA Meetings Center.

At least 28 AOA Navigating with EHR courses, including multiple courses offered at one event, will be offered at optometric meetings around the nation during 2012, according to AOA-CPAG.

“Turnout in the half dozen states (Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Carolina) where courses have already been offered this year has been substantial,” observed AOA Health Information Technology Subcommittee Chair Philip Gross, O.D.

Building on the 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 will this year offer a selection of three two-hour classes designed to provide the specific health information technology (HIT) guidance practitioners need, whether they are just now planning to initiate EHRs in the offices, implementing basic 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 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

  • “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 program. 
  • “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” courses will be offered at Optometry’s Meeting®.

Optometrists should check with their respective state optometric associations to find out which “Navigating with EHR” courses will be offered during their meetings.

Demonstrations of EHR systems will be offered by leading software vendors following the courses at Optometry’s Meeting®.

Like last year’s popular “Enhancing Patient Care through the Implementation of EHRs” CE courses, the AOA’s new “Navigating Meaningful Use,” “Quality Reporting,” and “e-Prescribing with EHRs” courses will be presented by a roster of 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 website EHR page (www.aoa.org/EHR).

Navigating Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting, and e-Prescribing with EHRs

New Mexico  April 21, 2012
Kansas   April 26-27, 2012
Ohio   May 2, 2012
Montana  May 3, 2012
Alabama  May 5, 2012
Tennessee  May 5, 2012
New Hampshire  May 9, 2012
Pennsylvania  May 18, 2012
Indiana   July 11, 2012

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