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CHUG at Centricity LIVE – Early Bird Savings ends 1/15

Have you claimed your $200 Early Bird savings?

Now is the time to make your move. Your opportunity to save $200 on EACH registration for CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2016 will expire at midnight on January 15th.

REGISTER NOW!

You don’t want to miss CHUG at Centricity LIVE, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on these savings.
Save $200* off a full conference pass with Early Bird pricing
Save $100* more per ticket if you bring three or more people!

CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2016 is the best place to learn how ot maximize your Centricity investment.

Join us in Phoenix to learn best practices, gain valuable continuing education credits, participate in thought leadership discussions, and preview the newest software innovations. While you’re there, you can re-connect with your fellow Centricity users and GE Healthcare executives.

CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2016
May 17-20, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona

We’re expecting more than 2,300 people to join us – are YOU going to be one of them?

See you in Phoenix! Register now!

Mark your calendar, and bookmark the CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2016 web page to get updates on conference content in the coming months.

* Applies to Full Registrations only. See website for details.

YOU are a ROCK STAR & CHUG NEEDS YOU!

REMINDER: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SESSIONS FOR CHUG AT CENTRICITY LIVE IS FRIDAY – DECEMBER 18th!

WE KNOW YOU….
You are an expert in a Centricy solution!
Your organization has driven measurable results in the last year!
You have succeeded in workflow development, report creation or training!

Now you need to share your success and realize YOU are the rock star we are looking for.

SUBMIT AN ENTRY to present a session for CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2016.

There are plenty of speaking opportunities available, you can teach practical skills to peers, lead a panel discussion, share best practices or present a case study. CHUG at Centricity LIVE is a terrific venue to explore and discuss healthcare’s most pressing issues.

Besides assisting your fellow users, in exchange for your participation, you’ll receive two complimentary passes to CHUG at Centricity LIVE in Phoenix, AZ – one for you and one for a peer. That is a $1,600 value – for EACH session you lead.

Don’t wait, please sign up today, you only have till Friday December 18th. Contact chug@beattygroup.com for more info or CLICK HERE. Can’t wait to see you in Phoenix!

NEW! Products & Services Resource Guide

The CHUG Board is very excited to announce the eagerly anticipated launch of the new Products & Services resource guide!

WHAT IS IT? A searchable database of reputable healthcare products, services and solutions, all conveniently located on the CHUG website.

WHY? We wanted to facilitate a more efficient search process for users seeking solutions.

How it works:
Vendors participating in the new program will each receive a spot in the resource database. The more vendors who participate, the more robust the database becomes.

We are encouraging vendors to provide educational materials about their products, white papers, videos, demonstrations, and an interactive calendar of their upcoming events.

To use the database, simply navigate to the new “Products & Services” tab and click on the categories you would like to search. The results will be filtered based on the companies currently assigned to that category.

Click on each company logo to explore their offerings and learn more about their product or service.

It’s as simple as that!

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Best regards, The CHUG Team

CHUG NYC Moment – Radio City Music Hall

Etan Walls, CHUG Board President, takes you on location in this CHUG at NYC Moment!

We hope to see you in New York – where CHUG attendees will enjoy the sights and sounds of the city while networking with peers, sharing ideas and exploring this year’s theme – Is the Future Now? Healthcare of Tomorrow Today.

REMINDER: HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE – TUESDAY 9/8 REGISTER NOW!

Take a look at the jam packed AGENDA – These sessions are presented by Centricity Users, GE Employees, as well as industry and product experts.

WHO WILL BE IN NEW YORK?
See the names, organizations and titles of your peers that will be in attendance on this real time attendee list. These are the people you can connect with, learn from, share ideas and possibly solve your challenges.

Welcome Kate Daly as CHUG Keynote Speaker!

One of the hallmarks of CHUG is coming together as user’s to share ideas and help deliver innovation to each other. With that in mind, our keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Kate Daly, Senior Vice President of the Center for Economic Developement at the New York City Economic Development Corpooration (NYCEDC).

New York City is uniquely positioned to be a leader in healthcare technology and innovation. Kate’s keynote will highlight how the NYCEDC is capitalizing on this potential to tackle key issues in the healthcare ecosystem, including community health clinic expansion, funding and technical assistance for innovative pilot projects, financing for health tech companies, and much more!

Registration is still open for this exciting even in New York!

CHUG Users your input is needed! – TIME EXTENDED

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Users,
Beginning in 2015, each quarter the GE Ambulatory Practice Solutions Engineering Team reserves two days to work on a selected set of small enhancements that will delight customers and improve customers’ experience with the Centricity products. These reserved days are called Delighter Days and the enhancements are referred to as Customer Delighters.

The CHUG Board participated in the inaugural Delighter Days in April, with some members visiting GE sites in Hillsboro, OR and Plano, TX to work directly with Product and Engineering teams.

The CHUG Board has now partnered with GE on the Delighter Days program and we want YOU to determine which Customer Delighters will be completed on the next Delighter Days. The Delighter Candidates in this survey were sourced from the GE Services, Sales, Installation, Engineering, Product Management and Account Development teams based on repeated requests they hear from customers.

Please complete this survey and rate the candidates based on how important/valuable they are to your organization. The candidates rated as most important to the greatest number of organizations will have priority on the next Delighter Days in July. Remember, Delighters are small enhancements that are completed and tested in two days or less.

DON’T DELAY the survey closes at MIDNIGHT ON JULY 10TH!

CHUG NEW YORK – Call for Presentations

DON’T WAIT….the deadline is FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015
SUBMIT YOUR PRESENTATION!

CHUG needs users LIKE YOU to present sessions or lead discussions that are important and relevant to Centricity EMR and Practice Management users! Receive a discounted conference registration fee if you are selected to present a session during CHUG in New York.

Is the Future Now? Healthcare of Tomorrow Today
Since the adoption of legislation around Meaningful Use, Healthcare IT has been moving at light speed to catch up and surpass the technology of the day. Are we fulfilling the promises of an integrated healthcare world? Will the onset of ICD-10 be a step forward or a step back? Am I ready for medical wearable? Will my patients engage in their care? All of these questions relate back to the speed at which healthcare is moving, but are we and can we keep up?

Here are some topics of interest, but don’t limit yourself to these….
- What tools and workflows are you using to engage patients?
- How are you preparing for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances?
- What reports are you using to increase efficiency?
- How is your office planning to utilize wearable data?
- Techniques to increase IT department productivity and efficiency.
- Change management techniques.
- Training techniques/systems.
- How do you prioritize in a world where every project is a high priority?
- How do you keep your Clinical Decision Support information up to date? Organized?
- How are you communicating with Health Information Exchanges?
- What interoperability are you doing?
- How do you take the pain out of coding with ICD-10?
- Customize versus Standardize? How do you balance them?
- Any other topic that would be of interest to Centricity EMR or PM users.

WHY PRESENT?
- You don’t mind being up in front of other people.
- It is so nice to share your knowledge with others.
- Networking is a good thing!
- Boost the profile of yourself and your organization.
- You WILL get a FANCY RIBBON to add to your name badge that says “SPEAKER”!
- And of course, all approved sessions will receive 2 discounted conference registration fees.

CLICK TO SUBMIT YOUR PRESENTATION

Message from the CHUG Board

CHUG UPDATE

Good Day CHUG Community,
The CHUG Board hopes all of you enjoyed CHUG at Centricity Live. If you missed it, we encourage you to join us for our next conference this October in New York City.

As I start to settle back into my routine, I think back and am struck by how much we have collectively accomplished and how far we have to go. The CHUG Board spent a great deal of time discussing how to ensure we are properly informing our membership about everything that we do on your behalf. Transparency is a big part of Advocacy because it allows us to build trust in one another. Our goal over the months leading up to our conference in NYC will be to send out monthly updates from the CHUG Board.

On Friday May 1st, the second day of the CHUG at Centricity LIVE conference, the CHUG Board was able to sit down with Mr. Jan De Witte and members of his leadership team. We spoke frankly, openly, and honestly about the struggles all of our members have encountered over the past year. We did note, although there have been struggles, recently it seems as if the corner is being turned and things are starting to get better. Mr. De Witte acknowledged there is still much work to be done to build back up the trust, but gave a firm commitment to stay involved in the process. He further committed to working on a messaging and communication process that will allow GE to become much more transparent benefitting all of their customers.

The CHUG Board looks forward to working with Mr. De Witte’s team to implement this plan in the coming months.

Another important meeting at CHUG centered on our discussions with SureScripts. As many of you may already know, Surescripts has spun out their Care Coordination solution under the brand of Kryptiq. The Patient Portal, Document Management, and ePrescribing remain under the name of Surescripts Enterprise Solutions. Mr. Paul Uhrig, EVP of the SureScripts Enterprise Services division, has assured us of a similar transparent communication and messaging path. We hope to implement this in the coming months.

If you were unable to attend the conference or missed the opening session, I spoke about “CHUG being what you make it”. I encouraged everyone to find that one thing you can take back to your office or clinic or hospital- one innovation, workflow change, new product or idea that will make the all the difference to you or your physicians, nurses, biller, or front desk staff. Hopefully you were able to find and accomplish your one thing, if not, there is still time. If you have not already done so, please send us your one thing to myonething@centricityusers.com or #mychugonething.

All of this is just the beginning, 2015 is about Advocacy and we need your help. Sign up for a committee and volunteer to be part of this vibrant community, we need you. If at any time you would like to discuss something with us or have a question, email the CHUG Board at chugboard@centricityusers.com. Thank you for your time and attention, I look forward to seeing all of you in New York City on October 1-3, 2015 for the Fall CHUG Conference.

Respectfully,

The CHUG Board of Directors

Join us – CHUG at Centricity LIVE

Join us for CHUG at Centricity LIVE April 29th – May 2, 2015 at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida!

REGISTER NOW!

LEARN and CONNECT with OTHERS!
Your opportunity to learn and connect with other Centricity Users like you is just around the corner. Join CHUG at Centricity LIVE for over 80 education sessions relevant to YOU!

SESSION INFORMATION ADDED
Click here to see many of the great sessions being preseneted during CHUG at Centricity LIVE. Additioanl sessions will be added regularly, so check back often to see what’s new. Make sure you select CHUG from the Track Drop Down Menu on the top of the page. This will filter all Centricity LIVE sessions and only show the sessions relevant to CHUG.

$400.00 for a One track CHUG Pass
All sessions posted in the CHUG Track are included in the One Track CHUG Pass.

LEARN in sessions like:
* Billing with ICD-10 – Understanding what Centricity Practice Solution can do for you
* PM Secret Treasures – Tips and tricks for CPS Practice Management
* Pop! Pop! Pop! SMASH! How to stop unwanted clincial decision support pop-ups for good!
* Troubleshooting MEL and custom EMR forms.
* Utilizing Electronic Remittance Advices for Centricity Practice Solution.
* Meaningful Use best practices & troubleshooting.
* Product Roadmap presentation.

CONNECT with others by:
* Participating during CHUG Chat.
* Visiting the Centricity Support Lab.
* Meet with the 50 plus sponsoring companies.
* Attend the evening receptions.
* Stop by the CHUG Booth and talk with Board and Committee Members.

With all these opportunities – it’s clear that CHUG at Centricity LIVE is a premier learning conference to help you optimize your investment in Centricity software.

See you in Orlando! REGISTER NOW

Attendees are eligible to purchase specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets. CLICK HERE to save 10% at Walt Disney World.

SAVE THE DATE: CHUG Fall 2015 Thursday October 1 – Saturday October 3, 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Message from CHUG Board

February 11, 2015

Mr. Jan De Witte
President and CEO Healthcare IT and Performance Solution
GE Healthcare
540 W Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL
60010-3076

Dear Mr. De Witte,

This coming April the CHUG Board will be traveling to Orlando, FL to participate in the first ever CHUG @ Centricity Live. We would like to take this opportunity to have an open and honest dialogue with you and some of your leaders about the state of the product, interactions with the GE team, and commitment for the future. Thus, the CHUG Board respectfully requests a meeting with yourself, Jon Zimmerman, Peter Kinhan, Clarissa Beyah-Talyor, David Hale and Evren Eryurek.

As you may recall, two years ago, the CHUG Board met with you in Las Vegas, NV and expressed concerns about the direction of the product. In the past two years, some of these concerns have materialized. And while there have been many efforts by the GE team to mitigate these issues, we remain in an urgent situation that has placed us all in jeopardy. This situation includes particular challenges related to interactions between CHUG and GE, severe product quality issues, and overall problems with customer service and support.

It is our sincere hope, that as a result of this meeting, you will have a candid picture of the product issues we face, the impact of those issues on your customers, and the needs we have to continue repairing the fragile relationship between GE, the CHUG Board, and the thousands of customers we represent.

Thank you for your time and consideration in addressing this matter, we look forward to your prompt response.

Respectfully,
Etan M. Walls, CISSP
President, Centricity Healthcare User Group Board of Directors

REPLY FROM GE HEALTHCARE
February 12, 2015

Etan M. Walls, CISSP
President, Centricity Healthcare User Group
Board of Directors

Dear Mr. Walls,

Thank you for your continued engagement with GE and for reaching out to me to share your concerns. I accept your invitation to meet in person at the upcoming CLIVE meeting this spring.

I realize we have some work to do, and that you are engaged with many members of my leadership team on several issues. I welcome the opportunity to listen to your concerns first-hand, get your feedback on the progress we are making and counsel on the additional steps we need to take.

Please know my leadership team and I appreciate your advocacy on behalf of many GE Healthcare IT customers. I look forward to meeting with you in April.

Sincerely,
Jan De Witte, President & CEO
GE Healthcare IT

Message from the CHUG Board

Good Day CHUG Community,

This past weekend the CHUG Board of Directors met with members of the GE Healthcare IT Senior Leadership team at our quarterly board meeting. We worked collectively and collaboratively with the GE team to advocate on your behalf by voicing your concerns regarding Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR.

The conversation centered on the following themes:

• System Integrity – Outages of CQR, etc
• Regulatory Compliance – PQRS, MU, moving targets
• Urgency to Fix Long Standing Items
• Improving Communication Content & Frequency
• Engaging Users in the Product Development Process

The following items were important to note:

• GE Senior Leadership continues to be devoted to hearing and understanding challenges surrounding CPS and CEMR.
• GE has recently restructured its Engineering Teams. System integrity and producing quality releases are vitally important to this new team.
• Regulatory compliance has become a moving target, and GE is working with key regulatory entities to ensure their customers have the most up-to-date information as quickly as possible.

As a result, the following action items have been created:

• On February 11th, 2015 the CHUG Board sent a letter to Mr. Jan De Witte, President and CEO of GE Healthcare IT, requesting a meeting to discuss and advocate for the needs of the users (request and response attached). We look forward to meeting with Mr. De Witte and members of his leadership team at CHUG @ Centricity Live.
• Based upon your feedback, the CHUG Board has developed a list of 15 items that have been long standing issues. In March, we hope to communicate the full list to you, including resolution dates promised by GEHCIT.
• The CHUG Board will continue to work closely with GEHCIT to deliver needed information in a timely way
• As a community, CHUG will start to become increasingly active in lobbying the US government for regulatory relief. Please keep an eye out for further communications.

These are all steps in the right direction as we continue to advocate on the behalf of users. Please continue to reach out to the CHUG Board to have your voice heard. Get involved in one of our many committees, there is so much good we can do together.

On a personal note, as the new President of the CHUG Board of Directors, I hope we are able to continue this initial momentum into concrete improvements for all GE Centricity users. With open, honest, transparent, and collaborative communication from all stakeholders, I believe we will be able to realize amazing improvements and innovations.

Thank you for your time and attention, I look forward to seeing all of you in Orlando, FL at CHUG at Centricity Live and in New York City on October 1st-3rd, 2015 for the Fall CHUG.

Respectfully,
Etan M. Walls, CISSP
President, Centricity Healthcare User Group Board of Directors

Get Involved – CMS potential EHR Incentive Changes for 2015

Notice from the CHUG Board:

Dear CHUG Members,

Are your providers tired, overworded and struggling to meet meaningful use measures? Have staff starting asking “What is the point”?

Yesterday CMS announced a potential EHR Incentive Program Change for 2015! These proposed changes will reduce program complexity and ease the administrative burden on physician practices.

The CHUG Board is strongly recommending that you DON’T WAIT – GET INVOLVED….if you did not respond before NOW IS THE TIME! Reach out to Congress and let your voice be heard. MGMA members can also use this link.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements.

In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

  1. Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software.
  2. Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs.
  3. Modifying other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden.

Please note: these modifications must still be finalized through formal rulemaking, expected to occur this spring. While CMS intends to pursue these changes through rulemaking, they will NOT be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS intends to limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017 and beyond.

For further information, please read Dr. Conway’s blog on the announcement. For more information on the EHR Incentive programs visit CMS.

SAVE THE DATE: FALL CHUG Conference, New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City, October 1 – October 3, 2015

CHUG at Centricity LIVE – Call for Presentations Deadline Friday Jan 30th

Your Expertise is Needed for CHUG at Centricity LIVE

Lead a Breakout Session CHUG at Centricity LIVE needs users like you to lead discussions or present on topics of interest to attendees. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and establish yourself as an expert who tackles the most pressing issues.   There are plenty of speaking opportunities available. Help teach practical skills to your peers. Participate in or lead a panel discussion. Share best practices or a case study. CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2015 is a terrific venue to explore and discuss healthcare’s most pressing issues.

Here are some of the areas of interest –

  • Meaningful Use – How do we get the patient engaged in the process?
  • How do you utilize eRx?
  • How do you use reports?
  • What is the best way to enroll patients in the web portal?
  • Techniques to increase IT department productivity and efficiency
  • Change management techniques
  • Training techniques/ systems
  • How do you prioritize in a world where every project is a high priority?
  • How do you keep your Clinical Decision Support information up to date? Organized?
  • How do you get providers to use Orders?
  • How do you take the pain out of the orders module?
  • Customize versus Standardize – How do you balance them?
  • Any other topic that would be of interest to Centricity EMR or PM Users

Choose from the topics above or submit a new hot topic idea.

  • Build a crucial dialogue with your audience through multiple interactive education formats and social media.
  • Spark creative conversations: we welcome unique ideas for full sessions or topics for CHUG Table Chat.

Can you draw a crowd or start a discussion? If so, please submit a session!   Click on Call for PresentationMake sure to select “Propose a CHUG session”

In exchange for your participation, we’ll provide you with up to two complimentary registrations—each valued at $640—per session. Plus, you’ll achieve recognition for your organization and for yourself as a thought leader in healthcare informatics.

If you’d like to be a rock star at Centricity LIVE 2015 in Orlando or to learn more about leading a session, please contact at chug@beattygroup.com, or go ahead and submit a session. For those of you that don’t plan to lead a session but want to attend, register now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

Join CHUG at Centricity LIVE in Orlando

Register Today and Save!

Save $60 on the Platinum Pass if you register before February 28, 2015

Save $100 per person by registering three or more people from the same organization

As an attendee you have the opportunity to gain knowledge, tips and tricks from the multiple educational sessions and collaborate with healthcare professionals.   Click on Registration; Enter Registration Code CHUG15

Register today, mark your calendar, and bookmark the CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2015 web page to get updates on Conference content in the coming months. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Orlando in April!

SAVE the DATE – CHUG Fall 2015

Thursday, October 1 – Saturday, October 3, 2015 New York – Marriott Marquis in Times Square

Join us CHUG at Centricity LIVE

More reasons than ever to attend CHUG at Centricity LIVE

With over 40 education sessions, product roadmap presentations, panel discussions and hands-on training, CHUG at Centricity LIVE is a premier learning conference to help YOU optimize your investment in GE Healthcare and network with other users like you!

Valuable Content

  •  Dedicated education tracks for Financial Management, Care Delivery Management, Population Health Management and Technology.
  • Customer presenters.
  • CEU credits available.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: The Centricity Technology track, designed with input from the GE Software Center of Excellence in San Ramon California.

Multiple Choices

CHUG at Centricity LIVE offers a full spectrum of learning options to suit your knowledge needs.

  • Product Roadmap sessions: Get a glimpse of what’s ahead for future releases.
  • Panel Discussions: Share and exchange best practices with industry and GE Healthcare experts.
  • Partner/Sponsor sessions: Get answers in deep-dives on complementary solutions.
  • Product Exploration sessions: Learn more about your existing solutions and discover new ways to boost their productivity — and their value.
  • Best Practice Case Studies: Hear how other organizations use their GE Healthcare solutions to tackle the challenges you face.
  • The Collaboration Zone: Get insight on new technologies and emerging healthcare trends.
  • Hands-on: Product demos at our ‘Sandbox’.

Attendees are eligible to purchase specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets. CLICK HERE to save 10% at Walt Disney World.

REGISTER TODAY, mark your calendar and bookmark the CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2015 web page to get updates on conference content in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in April!

Webinar Etiquette

How many webinars, on-line meetings, or calls have you been on in the past month? We have complied a list of the Top 4 things Not To Do:

1. Show up late and interrupt the conversation to let those know you have arrived.

2. Forget you are on mute. People are asking you questions and you aren’t responding? Why? Check your phone to make sure you haven’t forgotten to un-mute the call!

Read more

Is there Light at the end of this Healthcare Tunnel?

“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens.  An response is something we can choose at any moment.” www.livelifehappy.com

Does anyone else feel like healthcare is consuming most of your life these days? I am reading blogs on Healthcare IT, Healthcare law, Healthcare updates, Healthcare mandates, Healthcare…you get the idea.

As a Practice Administrator, I feel as though I should have an IT, law, administration, accounting, and marketing degree. I am fortunate to work for a Physician that believes in investing in his employees and providing resources to get our jobs done, but I wonder about those that don’t? Even with endless resources, the burden to stay on top of the latest news in healthcare is cumbersome. On top of the things you HAVE to do, what about the things you want to do?

Read more

Join us for CHUG at Centricity LIVE! – Call for Presentations

CHUG at Centricity LIVE April 29 – May 2, 2015 Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida

Your Expertise is NEEDED for CHUG at Centricity LIVE – Lead a Breakout Session…CHUG needs users like you to lead discussions or present on topics of interest to attendees. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and establish yourself as an expert who tackles the most pressing issues.

There are plenty of speaking opportunities avaiable. Help teach practical skills to your peers. Participate in or lead a panel discussion. Share best practices or a case study. CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2015 is a terrific venue to explore and discuss healthcare’s most pressing issues.

Here are some of the areas of interest:

  • Meaningful Use – How do we get the patient engaged in the process?
  • How do you utilize eRx?
  • How do you use reports? 
  • What is the best way to enroll patients in the web portal?
  • Techniques to increase IT department productivity and efficiency
  • Change management techniques
  • Training techniques/ systems
  • How do you prioritize in a world where every project is a high priority?
  • How do you keep your Clinical Decision Support information up to date? Organized?
  • How do you get providers to use Orders?
  • How do you take the pain out of the orders module?
  • Customize versus Standardize – How do you balance them?
  • Any other topic that would be of interest to Centricity EMR or PM Users

Chose from the topics above or submit a new hot topic idea.

  • Build a crucial dialogue with your audience through multiple interactive education formats and social media.
  • Spark creative conversations: we WELCOME unique ideas for full sessions or topics for CHUG Table Chat.

Can you draw a crowd or start a discussion? If so, please submit a session!

https://www.gehealthcare-centricity-live.com/2015/portal/cfp/cfpLogin.ww

In exchange for your participation, we’ll provide you with up to two complimentary registrations – each valued at $640 – per session. Plus, you’ll achieve recognition for your organization and for yourself as a thought leader in healthcare informatics.

If you’d like to be a rock star at CHUG at Centricity LIVE 2015 in Orlando or to learn more about leading a session, please contact: chug@beattygroup.com or go ahead and submit a session.

For those of you that don’t plan to lead a session but want to attend, register now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

JOIN CHUG AT CENTRICITY LIVE IN ORLANDO – REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE!

Save $100 per person by registering three or more people from the same organization

As an attendee you have the opportunity to gain knowledge, tips and tricks from the multiple educational sessions and collaborate with healthcare professionals.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.gehealthcare-centricity-live.com/2015/portal/newreg.ww

 

New CHUG Board Member!

derrick

December 1, 2014

Dear CHUG Members,

The CHUG Board of Directors is pleased to announce Derrick Bovenkamp has been elected to the Board as a member-at-large.  Derrick is a Senior Systems Administrator with Family Care Network in Bellingham, Washington and will begin his term on January 1, 2015. 

Thank you to all the members who took the time to vote.

Sincerely,

The CHUG Board of Directors

Donating Leftover Food to Charitable Causes

Original article posted on 11.04.14 by Ross Beatty http://www.beattygroup.com/donating-leftover-food-to-charitable-causes-2014-11-04/

One thing that seems to come up over and over again in the conference planning world is what happens to all of the leftover food? Does the hotel repurpose it for the hotel staff? Does it get thrown away? It seems like this is an area where there is a huge amount of waste.

We recently encountered this situation at the Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG) conference that our company help organize this fall and found ourselves wondering if there was something we could do. The first night of the event there was a catered welcome reception at the hotel. One of the events that we had set-up was a do it yourself cupcake decorating station. Well as the night progressed, the CHUG Board President, Terri Werner-Brown noticed that there were a lot of cupcakes that had not been touched nor were they going to get decorated. Instead of having the cupcakes go to waste she thought that it would be a nice gesture to see if the cupcakes could be donated. She asked us to contact the hotel and see if it was possible to have the cupcakes donated, which in return we were told was not possible because it was against hotel policy since it was a liability.

The thing is, it is not actually illegal to donate the leftover food, it is just against hotel policy due to their fear of liability for the donation. Many people do not know this but the Bill Emerson Food Donation Act was created to allow people to make donations to the hungry without having to worry about being liable for any harm that may come from the donation.

What does the law do?

The law protects good-faith donors from civil and criminal liability in the event that the product later causes harm to its recipients. The Emerson Act gives uniform protection to food donors who may cross state lines.

Who is protected?

The law protects food donors, including individuals and nonprofit feeding programs that act in good faith. More specifically, the law protects individuals, corporations, partnerships, organizations, associations, government entities, wholesalers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, gleaners, nonprofit agencies, and others.

What sort of food is protected?

The Emerson Act provides protection for food and grocery products that meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations, even though the food may not be readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions.

Where can I find a place to donate?

Find a local food bank using the Food Bank Locator on Feeding America’s Web site. You just need to connect the local food bank and the catering firm, they will take care of all the details.

With the state of the current economy, food banks are having difficulty keeping their shelves full in order to help serve the hungry. As event planners we want to know how we can help out, especially when we have food that we could donate.

Next time you want to donate the leftover food from your event the best thing to do is contact event caterer early in the planning process and let them know this is something you want to do. Use the resources that are readily available and last but not least, do not take no for an answer!

 

Upcoming Southeast Centricity User Conference

The annual Southeast Centricity User Conference, sponsored by HealthSystems is coming soon for Centricity Practice Solution users.

“Designed for novice and experienced clinicians, administrators, and front and back office staff, this education-packed event features two days of concurrent learning tracks for participants. Many key GE representatives attend and speak at the conference, and many GE vendor partners speak and exhibit throughout the event.”

The 2015 event will be held March 25-27 at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.

“Last year we hosted 230+ attendees, exhibitors, industry expert guest speakers and a team of GE executives. In 2015 we look forward to an even bigger and better SEUC.”

For more information regarding the event: Conference Information

New Website!

October 16, 2014

Dear CHUG Members,

We have created a fresh new look and feel for CHUG.  We started by redesigning our logo to have a cleaner and more modern appearance.  From there we built a fully responsive website that is modern in appearance and intuitive in design.  We expanded on existing functionality, and added many new features.

We hope you will visit this new website and acquaint yourself with the new design. And while you’re here, let us know what you think by visiting https://centricityusers.com/forum/new-chug-website/.

We’re quite proud of it, but we know there’s still work to do. If you notice any bugs or have any suggestions please let us know.  We are monitoring the thread mentioned above, or you can email us at: technology@centricityusers.com.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more information, and that it will be yet another tool for your arsenal.

Respectfully,
CHUG Technology Committee

CHUG at Centricity Live

October 14, 2014

Dear CHUG Members:

Based on your feedback and working diligently with GE staff….the CHUG Board and Jon Zimmerman, VP & GM of Clinical Business Solutions are pleased to announce that CHUG will be joining GE’s Centricity LIVE conference in the Spring of 2015 April 30th – May 2nd in Orlando, Florida!

This combined event will give members a unique opportunity to expand education and training for products across the entire Centricity Solutions portfolio while maintaining CHUG’s mission as an independent USER DRIVEN conference, designed and organized by users.

CHUG at Centricity LIVE will continue to provide you with dedicated tracks on EMR and PM with a focus on solving common issues, optimizing systems, preparing you for federally mandated requirements and networking.

Admission to CHUG at Centricity LIVE is flexible and allows attendees to decide what works best for their time constraints and budget.

CHUG will continue to encourage users to deliver relevant and timely presentations. Please consider submitting a presentation for review and approval.

In addition, CHUG will continue to meet independently in the Fall.

The location for Fall 2015 is not yet confirmed but notification will be sent out once plans are finalized.

Thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions or concerns please email us at chug@beattygroup.com. We hope to see all of you in Orlando in the Spring!

Respectfully,

The CHUG Board of Directors

 

Top Six Things to Know for the Conference Newbie

If this is your first time attending a Centricity Healthcare User Group national conference, we have put together a list of the top six things you need to know to help you get the most out of your first conference!

1. Who is presenting? | The conference is made up of users, GE employees, and vendors. Sometimes you will go to a breakout session and it will be presented by a user, sometimes it will be a GE employee and other times it will be a vendor. The conference guide will help you determine who is speaking, but it is important to know this information when going into a session. Everyone presenting has great information to share.

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