Compliance: Meaningful Use Synergies with CARF and Joint Commission - Streamlining and Reinforcing Your Accreditation - Webinar Archives

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Wednesday May 9, 2012 1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT

One of the greatest concerns of eligible professionals in behavioral health regarding the decision to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs of meaningful use is that their participation will cause them to do additional work unrelated to what they see as their mission and their primary job. Behavioral health professionals are afraid that the work they must do to collect data for the measures of meaningful use is going to decrease their productivity, and more importantly, take away from the time they have to provide services to their clients.
With that challenge in mind, two compliance professionals and Qualifacts' Meaningful Use SME set out to assess how the measures of meaningful use synergize with the standards of CARF and Joint Commission and ultimately, can streamline and help reinforce your accreditation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the measures of meaningful use (for an eligible professional) and how they compare to some of the standards of the Joint Commission
  • Gain a better understanding of the measures of meaningful use (for an eligible professional) and how they compare to some of the standards of CARF
  • Learn how to integrate the measures of Meaningful Use into your current workflows (based on specific examples)
About the Speaker(s):

Lance C. Niles, B.S.
Corporate Compliance Officer
Sound Community Services, Inc.

Lance Niles brings to Sound Community Services a diverse professional background. He has 3 years of compliance experience in the financial industry with Ameriprise Financial where he supervised two award-winning offices for commitment and results in compliance, 7 years of healthcare operations and billing experience with Ingenix (now Optum) and as co-owner of Medical Billing Management, and 16 years of engineering experience with Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA (with an emphasis in quality systems) where his efforts were essential in initial certification of Draper as an ISO9001 facility. Lance is a 1992 graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering with a humanities concentration in the Program in Science, Technology & Society.  Active in his church community, he is a part-time DJ on a radio station on Saturday mornings.  He has been married to his wife Angela since 2006, and they are the proud parents of two young boys, Connor and Owen.

Jennifer Woods, MA, CHC
Corporate Compliance Officer
Albertina Kerr Centers

Jennifer began work at Albertina Kerr Centers in 2005 as a Clinical Care Coordinator in the children’s psychiatric Day Treatment program. Since that time she has held progressively responsible positions in the organization including Clinical Manager of Intensive Community-based Treatment Services and Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance. During her time at Kerr she has been instrumental in leading the implementation of CareLogic, an electronic medical records system, and in strengthening the compliance activities in Kerr’s children’s mental health services. Jennifer earned a Masters of Arts degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University and holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. Jennifer was recently certified in Health Care Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association.


Mary Givens
Meaningful Use Program Manager
Qualifacts Systems, Inc.

Mary Givens is dedicated to educating behavioral health providers about the Meaningful Use program and helping every Eligible Professional attest and receive their incentive payment. Prior to this role, Mary worked for over 20 years providing service in the community as an LPN, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Director of Program Services, Employment Specialist, and as the Executive Director of a nonprofit that served adults and children with developmental disabilities and adults with significant behavioral health issues. Mary has her Masters in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Meaningful Use Program Manager