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LaPOST Webinar for Health Care Professionals

11 16 lapost logo webinarThe LaPOST initiative will host an informational webinar about advance care planning and LaPOST on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at noon. LaPOST Coalition Chair Susan Nelson, MD, will lead the session, which is certified for one hour of CME credit for physicians and one hour of CEU credit for social workers and nursing facility administrators. Health care professionals may register for the free webinar by clicking here. Registration is limited to 150 participants per session. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Michael, Community Relations Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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HIMSS17 Conference Session Features LaEDIE

11 16 HIMSS Cindy MunnCindy Munn, Quality Forum Chief Executive Officer, and Ann Kay Logarbo, MD, Chief Medical Officer for United Healthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, will be among the presenters at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. Munn and Logarbo will discuss “Emergency Room to Living Room: Guiding Patients to Care” and detail how Louisiana has leveraged health information exchange and analytics to reduce non-emergent ED admissions among the state’s Medicaid patient population. HIMSS17 will be held Feb. 19-23, 2017 in Orlando. For more information about HIMSS17, click here.

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Update I: Security Risk Assessments

11 16 Security risk assessment
Did your medical practice work with the Louisiana Health Information Technology Resource Center to achieve Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology? If so, you may have used a template provided by the LHIT Resource Center staff for completion of a Security Risk Assessment (SRA). The template, along with sample policies and an audit log review document, would have been saved as documentation in the event of an audit by the Medicare Contractor for CMS or the Medicaid Contractor for Louisiana Medicaid. In many cases, sample policies were provided for the practice to use as its own. Based on guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights regarding SRAs, we recommend that you address the areas listed below in the template and in the documented policies and procedures for your practice if you have used or are still using this document:

  • Identify potential threats and vulnerabilities to practice and to ePHI stored in practice
  • Determine likelihood that threat will occur
  • Assess level of impact to practice should threat occur
  • Determine and assign a level of risk for all threat and vulnerability scenarios
  • Address all vulnerabilities and threats by adding action needed for remediation

In March 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) developed a downloadable SRA Tool, specifically designed to assist providers. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact Michael Zarruk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Update II: Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

11 16 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year (CY) 2017. This final rule with comment period includes a number of proposed changes that would affect the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule will be published on Nov. 14 and comments will be accepted until Dec. 31. For more information, please review the OPPS and ASC final rule and visit the CMS website.
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Celebrating Cancer Survivorship

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Linda Morgan (center), Quality Forum Marketing and Communications Director, was one of eight people recently recognized by the Cancer Crusaders in New Orleans. Joining her at the 16th Annual Celebration of Life luncheon on Oct. 28 were Community Relations Director Cynthia Michael (left) and Graphic Designer Kayla Wernet. The individuals were honored for cancer survivorship as well as for their community and civic contributions. The Cancer Crusaders organization is a nonprofit, all-volunteer group that raises funds for cancer research in the Greater New Orleans area.
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