Two back-to-back sessions with top federal officials will help provider organizations get a better handle on electronic health records meaningful use provisions--and speak their minds--during the Medical Group Management Association's Annual Conference, Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans.

David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, and Tony Trenkle, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' office of e-health standards and services, will walk attendees through meaningful use and other provisions of the HITECH Act of 2009. They'll also review the regulatory development process that resulted in the meaningful use and EHR certification programs and initiatives such as regional extension centers to help providers automate.

Immediately following the session, "A12, Meaningful use of EHRs: Perspectives from the National Coordinator for HIT," Blumenthal and Trenkle will hold a Town Hall meeting to hear the views of stakeholders. The sessions start at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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