CHUG NEW YORK – Call for Presentations

DON’T WAIT….the deadline is FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015

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.

- 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.


New ICD-10 Resources & Webinar Links

Message from GE Healthcare:

Our teams have designed a thorough program to help you make a smooth transition to ICD-10, and thousands of you have already begun to take advantage of these resources. This communication brings a few of these key elements to your attention and introduces additional links for recent and upcoming webinars. Click HERE for more information!

ICD-10 Webinars – Recent & Upcoming

Message from GE Healthcare:

Last week, we kicked off our new ICD-10 webinar series. Due to overwhelming demand for these webinars, we scheduled yesterdays and all future sessions for this series in a higher-capacity platform. We apoligize for any inconvenience attendees may have experienced. All previous sessions were recorded and are being posted to the new ICD-10 communities section of the Service Portal. We encourage anyone who was unable to attend live to watch these recordings at their convenience and post questions to the portal. The same experts who gave the sessions will monitor and respond to your questions there.

The demand for this series is understandable – the transition to ICD-10 has the potential to decrease your team’s productivity and disrupt cash flows.

Our team has assembled a comprehensive ecosystem of offerings to help you strengthen financial performance to offset the impact of the ICD-10 transition on your practice. We strongly encourage you to join the remaining webinars for this week. Read our communication to learn more.

Visit New ICD-10 Community & Register for New ICD-10 Webinars

Message from GE Healthcare:

As we mentioned in our prior communication, GE Healthcare expects the ICD-10 transition deadline to remain October 1, 2015, and there is much that practices need to do to prepare. Our teams have designed a thorough program to help you make a smooth transition during this period of change. GE Healthcare is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaboration site for ICD-10 on the Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Service Portal and share the registration links for additional upcoming webinars. Read our communication for more details.

Message from the CHUG Board


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 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 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.


The CHUG Board of Directors

ICD-10 WEBINAR SERIES: Prepare Now for a Smooth Transition

Notice from GE Healthcare:

We are pleased to announce a new complimentary webinar series desgined to help you prepare for ICD-10. GE Healthcare expects the ICD-10 transition deadline to remain October 1, 2015, and there is much that practices need to do to prepare.

We recommend that you begin coding in ICD-10 at least two to three months prior to the deadline to leave ample time to audit your staff’s accuracy and reduce the risk of cash flow disruptions. As such, we strongly recommend you allow adequate time to design, implement, test and train on your ICD-10 solution.

Join our expert presenters for an in-depth webinar series that will help you build a robust transition plan.

Click here for more details.

Upgrade Now for ICD-10 Readiness

Notice From GE Healthcare:

GE Healthcare expects the ICD-10 transition deadline to remain October 1, 2015, and there is much that practices need to do to prepare for this change.

You should begin coding in ICD-10 at least two to three months prior to the deadline to leave ample time to audit your staff’s accuracy and reduce the risk of cash flow disruptions. If your practice has NOT upgraded to an ICD-10 ready version of Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) and/or Centricity EMR (CEMR), we STRONGLY recommend you accelerate your upgrade plans, so you may design, implement, test and train on your ICD-10 solution in time. ICD-10 ready versions include CPS 11.x, CPS 12.x and CEMR 9.8.x.

Please read our communication for more details about how GE Healthcare can assist you with this transition and take action well before June 1st.