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Mary Griskewicz

Mary P. Griskewicz is the Senior Director of Healthcare Information Systems for the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

At our most recent  HIMSS “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use “ Education HIMSS Regional Event for Eligible Providers and Health IT Staff in Dover Delaware several Eligible Professionals have expressed to me that they have had difficulty meeting the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs  criteria. Many complained that their vendors for example have not…

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October 1, 2013 was the first day that many Americans across the country potentially would be able to sign-up for Healthcare in the United States due to healthcare reform legislation – the Affordable Care Act. I am not going to debate the points or merits of the legislation; instead, I just share with you a…

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This week we celebrate National Health IT Week. I have the honor of working with some of the best health IT professionals in the country. As part of the HIMSS eConnecting with Consumers Committee commitment to equip front line clinicians and providers with information and resources on HIT the volunteer Committee is releasing a new white paper, “The…

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It has been recently reported that about seven million people could be drastically affected by primary care physician shortages after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage next year, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The study also reports that the expansion of insurance coverage will raise demand for primary…

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Medical practices across the nation are achieving success with Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations! One example is Coastal Medical: a physician-owned practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and the recipient of a 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Coastal Medical has significantly benefited in three key areas: financially, organizationally, and, most importantly, by improving the…

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As of June 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reports more than 100,000 healthcare providers have been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. (http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html?redirect=/EHRIncentivePrograms) Now, CMS has begun its first wave of required retrospective audits for those providers that have received payment under the “Meaningful Use” EHR incentive program;…

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Many clinicians are still unclear what clinical decision support (CDS) means. Eligible Professionals (EPs) in medical practices who have attested, or are in the process of attesting, to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs should already know that they must meet the Stage 1 menu criteria related to CDS. That means they must implement one clinical…

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As the crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths begin to bloom here in the Northeast, I like to think about what has contributed to the growth of these beautiful plants. We have had a very mild winter here in New England, including some record-breaking warm weather. Perhaps it was the plant fertilizer I used last fall, giving these…

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