AOA EHR courses draw rave reviews

May 27, 2012

The AOA’s “Navigating Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting, and e-Prescribing with Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” continuing education courses will be offered during at least 28 national or state optometric meetings this year – with more courses still being added to the schedule, according to the AOA Clinical and Practice Advancement Group (CPAG).

The courses continue to draw highly favorable remarks from attendees regarding the relevance and usefulness of the information presented, according to AOA Health Information Technology (HIT) Chair Philip Gross, O.D.

“The best continuing education course I have ever taken,” one practitioner assessed on his course feedback form earlier this year.

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 15 state optometric associations will offer the course over the remaining months of this year.

Turnout continues to be greater than expected with more than 1,000 practitioners having attended the course as this AOA News went to press, according to state optometric association estimates.

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 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 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 program.
  • “Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and e-Prescribing Made Easy” explains how EHR systems can facilitate participation in the Medicare PQRS or other quality reporting programs.

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 “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 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 www.aoa.org/EHR.

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

AOA affiliate                                 EHR course date
Indiana                                               July 11, 2012
Mississippi                                        Aug. 25, 2012
Kentucky                                           Sept. 29, 2012
Connecticut                                      Oct. 13, 2012
California                                           Nov. 9-10, 2012
Arizona                                               Dec. 8-9, 2012

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