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MO HIT Assistance Center Advisory: "Meaningful Use & PQRS" Webinar & Audio Conference Nov. 9th

Columbia, MO—Several quality measures for meaningful use, including six preventative measures, are the same for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS-formerly known as PQRI.) Some EHRs are even capable of submitting data for both programs.

At 11:30 am, on Wednesday, November 9, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center will present “Meaningful Use and PQRS” a Webinar and audio conference to help providers learn how they can use the meaningful use quality measures data to take advantage of the PQRS Incentive Program that offers payments of 1.0 percent of allowable Medicare Part B Professional Fee Schedule charges in 2011 and 0.5 percent during 2012-2014. Sandy Pogones, program manager for Primaris, will give the presentation which will describe how providers get more out their data collection effort by participating in the PQRS Incentive Program and how Primaris, a collaborative partner of the MO HIT Assistance Center, is able to help providers do just that. Primaris is offering onsite, individualized assistance with PQRS reporting at no charge to 74 Missouri providers, as part of an initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Webinar will:

• Establish the importance of Physician Quality Reporting to the physician practice
• Identify PQRS program requirements in terms of eligibility, incentives, reporting mechanisms, and requirements
• Examine specifications for a sample measure and present a crosswalk between MU and PQRS Preventative Measures
• Propose a workflow plan to incorporate quality measurement into daily practice
• List resources to assist physician in successfully reporting PQRS

Physicians may earn CME credit when they participate in this webinar/audio conference. Those seeking CME credit must complete an online or hardcopy questionnaire and submit that document within three days of the event. Complete instructions for the CME credit will be given during the presentation, and no prior registration is necessary. The presentation is free.
The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live Internet educational activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

To view the Webinar online go to: and enter the following:
1. Conference Dial In Number 1-800-775-6608
2. Conference Code 42898225
3. Name “Your name”

To connect to the audio presentation by phone:
1. At the specified time, dial the Access Number 1-800-775-6608
2. When prompted, enter your Participant Code followed by #.
3. Your Participant Code is 42898225#
Participant Star Commands
*4-Volume – Pressing *4 will increase/decrease the volume.

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Web site, E-mail us, or call us toll-free 1-877-882-9933.

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