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


Web Seminar Recorded Live on September 2, 2010

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.

Listen to 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.

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


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


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.

Other Privacy Resources

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

California Health Information 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)

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Free Tools & Resources

Click here to view useful documents and other free privacy resources available for download.

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