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Unbelievably Long Wireless Health (mHealth) Conference List

Posted on March 14, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The other day I just happened across this incredibly long (and impressive) list of mobile health related conferences and events that are happening all around the world.

I’d been joking with people recently that if you wanted to go to a mobile health or mHealth related conference every week of the year, you could. Looking at that list, I wasn’t exaggerating very much at all. That’s seriously unbelievable.

The conference on the wish that I’d most like to go to is EuroMedtech 2011 May 16-17 in Torino, Italy. Yes, I totally have a thing for Italy. I lived there 2 years and so I feel like it’s home for me. Plus, speaking fluent Italian I’d love to go there for a conference. Not to mention, I’d love to get some connections with the European healthcare IT and mobile health world.

I’d love to make it to the Mobile Health Expo East in New York City on June 21-23, but it’s not looking like I’ll make it to the east coast. I attended this in Las Vegas and had a great time. They tell me they’ll be coming back to Las Vegas. In fact, I got word at HIMSS that they might even partner with a big technology show in Las Vegas. That’s a little disappointing to me, but it makes sense for them to do it. Either way, I’m sure I’ll be going again.

Then, I should definitely find a way to make it to one of the Health 2.0 conferences. Probably the Health 2.0 in San Francisco would be best, but I almost made the one in San Diego in a couple weeks.

The real problem with all of these conferences is that the older I get the less I want to travel. I always enjoy it once I’m there, but there’s certainly a cost to travel. I’m not even talking about the actual cost of the flight and hotel. Although, add in the annoyance of travel and the actual costs of the flight and hotel and I usually opt out of most of the conferences. Unless someone pays my way to the conference. Then, it’s pretty hard for me not to attend.

Which mobile health conferences do you plan to attend? Which ones should I attend?

Meaningful Use Monday: How Will You Actually Get Your Meaningful Use Money?

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Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

There is a great deal of skepticism about when EHR incentives will be paid and how providers will actually get their money. This is not surprising, given the negative early experiences with the PQRI program and the fact that ePrescribing providers are having to wait until September or October to receive their bonuses for the prior year for the MIPPA incentive program.

The good news is that CMS is promising to distribute the first EHR incentives in May, following successful attestations of meaningful use for the initial 90-day reporting period.

So how will this happen? A common misconception is that the first year incentives are automatically $18,000. According to the legislation, the incentives are earned at a rate of 75% of Medicare Part B FFS Allowable Charges up to the maximum, (i.e., $18,000 for year 1). What this means is that once a provider successfully attests to meeting meaningful use, CMS will check to see if he/she has generated sufficient Medicare revenue to warrant the $18,000 incentive—i.e., $24,000 in charges. If so, CMS will issue the check. If not, CMS will wait until the provider reaches $24,000 and then release the incentive payment. For the few providers with very small Medicare populations, CMS will wait until February 2012 to receive all of the provider’s claims for 2011, and then send an incentive in the amount of 75% of his/her 2011 Medicare charges.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EMR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.