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Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter

Allentown, PA

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Health Information Exchange, PA's KeyHIE
Speaker: Jim Youngkin
Date: 03/27/2017
Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: SUPPLEMENTAL MEETING in addition to the monthly chapter meeting on March 29th.

Presentation held at:
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034-8447

Presentation held in Room 309

Our speaker, Jim Youngkin, is the former IT Director at Geisinger and founder of PA's first health information exchange.

No food will be provided at this meeting.


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Chapter News

02/20/2017 - MACRA Made Simple
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of PAHCOM hosted our February meeting in collaboration with our Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus. Jennifer Swinnich of the PA Medical Society presented "MACRA Made Simple". The presentation included a MACRA Overview including the MIPS Categories and Scoring, Alternate Payments Models, Pick you Pace, Preparation and interactive discussion including scoring scenarios. The PA Medical Society has excellent resources available via their website. Jennifer was very kind in supplying a detailed handout entitled “MACRA made Simple.” Contact Cindy Fisher if you would like a copy.

02/08/2017 - Lehigh Valley Pahcom January Meeting
Employment Law Review … Kicking off the year with a bang! Attorney George C. Hlavac was our speaker for our January meeting. George is the Chair of the Pennsylvania office’s Labor and Employment Group for the firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA in Allentown, PA. This has become a tradition for our Lehigh Valley PAHCOM Chapter to start off with George reviewing relevant topics as they relate to Employment Law. The topic of our January meeting was entitled “Seven Deadly HR Sins.” The “Seven Deadly HR Sins” topics: 1. Employee Handbooks 2. Harassment 3. Inadequate Supervisor Training 4. Interactive Process 5. Documentation 6. Wage and Hour 7. Job Descriptions

01/09/2017 - December 8th Health Reform Conference - Huge Success!
Re-Defining Value in Healthcare: Evolution or Revolution? The Lehigh Valley Chapter hosted a ½ day conference on December 8th at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Macungie, PA, preceding our Holiday Dinner Program, Officer Induction Ceremony and Chapter of the Year Celebration. The moderator for our program was Joseph C. Lennert, CEBS, Senior Agency Executive for BB&T Insurance Services in Eastern PA. He, along with our 2017 Chapter President, Cindy Fisher, CMM, HITCP-PP, put together a program that brought in over 100 attendees. What an unbelievable turnout! The program took a look at Heath Reform in 3 segments: From the perspective of the Employer, Insurance Carriers and Hospital Systems. Speakers for the Employer Segment were Joseph Lennert, and Charles A. Bruder, Esquire, an ERISA attorney from the firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA. Speakers in the Insurance Carrier segment were Michael Fiaschetti, President, CEO & Co-founder of Vibra Health Plan (a Medicare Advantage Plan in PA), Diane Minetola, MBA, MM from Highmark Blue Shield and Matt Varner from Capital Blue Cross. Speakers in the Hospital Executive Segment were John Nespoli, President & CEO of the Sacred Heart HealthCare System, Jorge J. Scheirer, MD, FACP, MBI, Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer of the Reading Health System and Ray Midlam, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy of St. Luke’s University Health Network. Following a very robust day of education, our chapter members moved into our evening program – A Year in Review. After our officer inductions, we celebrated our chapter being named Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row. Brenda Foose, CMM, HITCM-PP, our outgoing 2016 Chapter President, did a comprehensive review of our year’s accomplishments and our plans for the future. Our chapter saw huge growth in 2016 year with a rapidly growing number of new members and newly certified members. A trend we intend to continue in 2017!

01/09/2017 - Cheers to Us - Chapter of Year 2016
At our Holiday Dinner Program we raised a glass to our accomplishment, Chapter of the Year 2016!


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