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For Release: April 1, 2008
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Demo  Electronic Health Records -- OKC Hosts Event on April 3

What: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announce a demonstration project being implemented by HHS that will encourage physician practices to use electronic health records to improve the quality of patient care.

Where: Oklahoma State Medical Association
601 N.W. Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City

When: Thursday, April 3

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. media roundtable briefing*

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. stakeholders meeting (open to press)

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. media follow-up Q&A

Featuring:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Health and State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher

Background: A meeting with key Oklahoma stakeholders, federal and state officials will discuss a new Medicare demonstration project to use certified electronic health records to improve patient care. Community leaders will be encouraged to join together to apply for assistance in acquiring health information technology for physicians’ offices. The application process is open now through May.  In June, 12 states selected to participate in the demonstration project will be announced.

*DHHS Secretary Michael Leavitt will personally host a 30-minute media roundtable prior to the stakeholders meeting to explain the Electronic Health Records process. Media representatives interested in participating in this briefing should contact Tony Salters by calling 972-897-8167 and plan to be at the Oklahoma State Medical Association no later than 2 p.m.

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