November 30, 2017

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November 30, 2017


Dr. Umair Shah to Keynote at Minnesota e-Health Summit, June 14, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director at Harris County Public Health and current President of the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCO), will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Minnesota e-Health Summit: Act Today, Impact Tomorrow.    

As Executive Director of Harris County Public Health, Dr. Shah serves the nation’s 3rd largest county with 4.5 million people, including the City of Houston, Texas. He brings extensive knowledge and experience, both as a physician and leader, of leveraging e-health to improve health outcomes. Dr. Shah has responded to numerous large-scale emergencies such as Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, Rita, and Ike, novel H1N1 influenza, the devastating earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti, and the HCPH responses to Ebola and Zika.  

For More information on the Minnesota e-Health Summit, and for information sponsoring and exhibiting, contact Terri Swanson, Director of Marketing and Communications at GTS Educational Events at (952) 885-4323 or

Share your Story at the Minnesota e-Health Summit: Act Today, Impact Tomorrow

Please join us on June 14, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center for the 14th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit: Act Today, Impact Tomorrow.

The e-Health Summit planning team seeks concurrent session speakers to lead interactive, experience-based learning. We invite you to share your experiences, expertise and stories to help attendees advance e-health in Minnesota, improve health information interoperability, implement health information exchange, and build connections for healthier communities.

Proposals are due Friday, January 5, 2018.
The Call for Presentations brochure and link to the online application form are available on the e-Health Summit webpage. Please direct any questions to

Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee Meeting

When: Friday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: HealthPartners, Lake of the Woods Conference Room, 8170 33rd Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55245

Contact: Bob Johnson at

About the Advisory Committee: The committee is comprised of key stakeholders who represent the spectrum of Minnesota’s health community, including providers, payers, public health, researchers, vendors, consumer, and more. The e-Health Initiative, led by the Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee and the MDH Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), has pushed for and supported e-health across the continuum of care; as a result, Minnesota is a national leader in implementation and collaboration.


  • Understand DHS plans for alerting service and relationship to HIE study and opioid recommendations
  • Endorse final Minnesota HIE Study and Health Records Act recommendations
  • Endorse final recommendations and identify MN e-Health actions for mitigating the opioid epidemic
  • Review Minnesota e-Health 2030 project activity and next steps
Discuss key activities for 2018-2019


Study: Link Between EHR Vendor and MU Performance of Hospitals

The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) recently examined national hospital data on electronic health record (EHR) products used for meaningful use (MU) attestation provided to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and compared those measures against EHR incentive program data reported to CMS. Researchers limited to the study to hospital performance on six meaningful use stage 2 criteria, including availability of view, download and transmit technology, medication reconciliation capabilities and ability to send summary of care records electronically. The findings in also showed that between 7 percent and 34 percent of performance variation across the MU criteria was attributable to EHR vendor choice. (11/27) 

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Public Comment Requested

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on the proposed rule titled “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program.” The proposed rule amends regulations for Medicare Part C and Medicare Part D to implement provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also makes changes to improve program quality, accessibility, and affordability and also adopts the updated National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT Standard for electronic prescribing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that the proposed rule has a net savings of $80 to $100 million for each of the next five years. More information is available at


Updated Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 03:22PM