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Meaningful Use Stage 2, mHealth, ACOs: You Name It, We’ve Got it Covered at UC13

by Leslie Brunner, SVP of People and Process

We’re in the home stretch, with just about a week left until our 2013 User Conference. And now, more than ever, I am truly honored to welcome our athenahealth family of clients, partners and colleagues to the proud city of Boston.

This year, we’ve aligned the three themes of User Conference 2013 with the very same ones that we have at athenahealth to help create our goals and work toward our mission: Jedi, Beautiful and Coordinate. Learn how we define these themes here. Today, I’d like to build on those themes by sharing a sneak peek into some of the sessions we’ve designed to prepare our clients for health care regulations and mandates coming out of D.C., such as Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ACOs.

Jedi: "Meaningful Use Stage 2: What You Should Know to Achieve the New Standard"
As the industry leader in Meaningful Use attestation—96 percent of our eligible providers received payment for Stage 1 Year 1 Medicare Meaningful Use in 2012—we’re committed to guiding and coaching our clients toward Stage 2 success. Our experts will review the new Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements and how we’ll work with you during this new phase of Meaningful Use.

Quick tip: You can receive CME credit for attending this session.

Beautiful: "athenahealth and Epocrates: Redefining the Physician Mobile Experience"
Physicians and clinicians love Epocrates. As the first health care app in the Apple store, it was downloaded on iPhones at a rate of 2,230 downloads per day; its iPad app has over 86,000 downloads; and its beautifully constructed content is unmatched. During this session, you’ll learn why athenahealth and Epocrates have joined forces and our thoughts on how Epocrates will enhance your experience on athenaNet.

Quick tip: UC13 attendees can get six months of Epocrates Essentials for FREE!

Coordinate: "New Payment Models and Accountable Care"
Among the dizzying variety of newer reimbursement models, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) can be among the most complicated—but it can also deliver a financial upside to practices and better care for patients. The ACO philosophy dictates that when a group of caregivers share accountability for a patient, they can also share savings across the care continuum. This session will discuss the upside and downside with today’s accountable care models and key things you should consider before starting your journey toward risk-based reimbursement.

Quick tip: You can receive CME credit for attending this session as well.

To find out how you can register for these sessions and more, be sure to visit the User Conference 2013 Sessions site. And for those of you procrastinators out there (don’t worry, I’m the queen of procrastination) you’re in luck because UC13 registration is open right up until go-time. But why hesitate? Register today!

Follow all the action at UC13 on Twitter at #athenahealthUC or @athenahealth.

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