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SCAM ALERT – FRAUDULENT HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS

Dear CHUG Members:
It has been brought to our attention that a third-party housing company, Exhibitor Housing Services (EHS), has been contacting exhibitors and claiming to be in charge of the sleeping room block for the CHUG Fall 2017 Conference at the Sheraton in New Orleans. This is a fraudulent claim and they are NOT affiliated with Centricity Healthcare Users Group (CHUG), Beatty Group, or the Sheraton.

We will never call you to book your hotel room. To guarantee your room reservation, please do so during registration. CLICK HERE for the link to the CHUG Fall 2017 registration website.

Third-party companies, such as Exhibition Housing Services (EHS), are fraudulent and reach out to several conference attendees and exhibitors each year. Per Google, we found several other conference that have also been solicited by EHS. See here for a couple of articles – Affiliate Summit, AAPL and AED.

Do NOT send any personal information, including credit card information to EHS or to any other unknown vendor.

If you receive an e-mail from EHS or have any concerns, please contact Beatty Group at CHUG@beattygroup.com.

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!

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER – 2015 CHUG Conference

Take a minute to listen to how two of our users describe the CHUG experience. Click HERE to see why you should attend CHUG!
FLASH SALE: Save $50 with discount code FLASH50 – HURRY expires FRIDAY September 25th.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER AND SAVE!
The CHUG Fall 2015 conference taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis, October 1st – 3rd, 2015 is quickly approaching.

We know it’s hard to break away from the day to day workload at your organization, however, the CHUG conference provides you with unprecedented access to GE Healthcare executives and product managers along with crucial networking time with your peers, who can help you solve some of the challenges you have been facing.

REGISTER NOW!

Take a LOOK at our jam packed agenda, see you in New York!

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!

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

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!

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

 

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!

 

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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