Education event

Meaningful Use: Understanding Stage 1 Web Seminar
Implications to your hospital

September 2, 2010
10:00 – Noon


The rules have been set. The long-awaited final rule regarding “meaningful use” standard for implementation of electronic health records has been issued. Now what?

The federal government recently issued two rules that launch a national directive to implement electronic health records (EHR) systems: 

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final rule detailing the “meaningful use” standard.
  • The Office of the National Coordinator released a companion final rule specific to the standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria of EHR technology.

Under the HITECH program, billions of dollars of incentive funding are available to hospitals and other providers and payments are scheduled to begin as early as May 2011.

Participate in this timely web seminar to learn about Stage 1 of the multi-year program. Gain a better understanding of the criteria and challenges, as well as the processes, timelines and resources available to hospitals.

Overview of the Final Rule: Focus on Stage 1

  • Why “meaningful use?”
  • Major policy changes included in the final rule
  • Key timelines, lead agencies and future rulemaking
  • Incentive funding available under Medicare—who’s eligible and how can the funds be used?
  • Core criteria and “menu set” choices; measure thresholds
  • Challenges regarding certification of EHR systems
  • Suggested first steps for hospitals

CHA DataSuite: Estimates for Medicare Incentive Payments

  • How the estimates were derived; assumptions and formulas
  • Definition of terms
  • Data sources
  • Penalties for not meeting system requirements

Overview of the Medi-Cal Program

  • The role of the Department of Health Care Services
  • How the funds can be used
  • DHCS’ planning process, timelines
  • California’s public health priorities relative to the program

Recommended for

Chief executive officers, chief information officers, chief finanical officers, privacy officers, compliance officers, legal counsel, health information managers and security experts.


Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, is Vice President, Health Informatics for CHA and as such she staffs CHA’s Health Informatics & Technology Committee, advocating for the advancement of the seamless availability of health information to achieve efficiencies and improve quality of care. She is a member of the California Security and Privacy Advisory Board and the OSHPD Health Data Transparency and Effectiveness Committee. Pam has more than 25 years experience in health care information management both in hospital operations and in the vendor environment. She has served as director of clinical information and administrative information areas for a number of health care facilities and has served as a best practice consultant in workflow process redesign and revenue cycle management. Pam has experience as the information security officer and compliance officer for both private and government healthcare sectors and is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War.

Anne McLeod is Vice President, Finance Policy for the California Hospital Association where she represents members’ interests on hospital reimbursement, economic and technical issues before the state Legislature and regulatory agencies, federal agencies and national committees. Ms. McLeod has over 20 years experience in financial and economic reporting with more than 14 years specifically in health care finance. She previously served as Government Reimbursement Officer for the University of California, Davis Health System and was the Chief Financial Officer for San Joaquin County Health Care Services Agency and for Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital – CHW. Ms. McLeod holds a BS in Business/Finance and is a Master’s candidate in Public Health at the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lisa Ashton, Office of Health Information Technology, California Department of Health Care Services will also serve as faculty for the program.


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $250 (per connection)

Register online using the button on the right or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Program is limited to 300 connections. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing by Thursday, August 26, and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date.

Access Info

This web seminar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The seminar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the seminar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

IMPORTANT: Test your computer today

  • Click here to go to the Adobe Connect Enterprise Server Connection test page.
  • Follow instructions to ensure that your computer and network connections are properly configured.

If your internal security settings block access to Adobe Connect, contact your IT department to grant you access. The web seminar runs on Adobe Connect and you won’t be able to view the program without access.


Click here to view the attendees.

Privacy Resources

CHA has several other resources available to help members understand and comply with privacy laws.

Privacy Manual

CHA-Privacy-cover-2009F-copy_1_0.gifThis popular publication addresses privacy requirements under the new federal HITECH, HIPAA, CMIA, the California Patient Access to Health Records Act, LPS, and other California state laws.

Written by CHA and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
(445 pages, 2009 edition)

Learn more at

Free Tools & Resources

Download useful documents and other free privacy resources at

  • State Privacy Documents
  • Internet Resources for Privacy
  • CHA-Developed Privacy Tools
  • Federal Privacy Documents