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Healthcare providers urged to utilize conference call


February 16, 2011
State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Palmer, announced Monday, Feb. 14 that healthcare providers and medical professionals who have questions involving the adoption of electronic medical records should utilize a new resource that is now available.

Such local healthcare providers as physicians, nurse practitioners, certified midwives, dentists, and physician assistants are invited to join Federal Medicare and Medicaid officials, as well as other healthcare providers from across the country, in an informational conference call tomorrow afternoon, Feb. 18. The moderator will be Diane Maupai, of Provider Communications Group, and Michelle Mills, of Center for Medicaid, will serve as a guest speaker.

The call will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and it will feature discussions about various topics, including incentives to adopting electronic medical records, the process of switching between Medicare and Medicaid programs, and how to get assistance in adopting electronic records. Other focal points will include registration screen shots, reassigning incentive payments, and eligibility criteria. The call will conclude with a question and answer session.

"Last week, Massachusetts was awarded $3.8 million in federal funds to advance health IT initiatives," Smola said. "Our state was fortunate to receive these funds, and I look forward to healthcare providers in the First Hampden District and across the commonwealth benefiting from this funding."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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