NorCal HIMSS Advocacy Webinar

March 27, 12:00pm, PDT - 1:00pm, PDT


Non-member Price: 
CMS and State of California releasing an additional $700 million for HIT grants

NorCal HIMSS Policy and Advocacy in partnership with HFMA presents a WEBINAR where you can learn about the new federal and state programs to support HIT initiatives.

Medicare and Medi-Cal Programs Providing
Free Support for Practice Transformation

This online education event will use a one-way audio broadcast through the participants' computer speakers. A computer sound card and a headset or speaker is required. Participants can communicate with the host, speaker and panelists using tools such as the chat box and Q&A. 

If you are a clinician concerned about the shift from fee-based to value-based payments or working to implement or upgrade an Electronic Health Record system, you’ll want to check out this webinar about technical assistance available free to eligible providers.

  • CMS is releasing $670 million across all states and awarding 35 contracts. 
  • Medi-Cal is releasing $37.5 million for the State of California and plans to award up to 10 contracts. 

We hope you can attend this important webinar to learn more about funding to help you with Practice Transformation.  

Learn how California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization (CalHIPSO) is planning to provide training, technical assistance and resources to help clinicians achieve the Triple Aim (better health, better care, at lower cost), as well as thrive in a pay for value environment.  

  • Recruiting of providers is going on now, to be ready for May 1st awarding of the grant

Also hear about an additional program that will provide the type of Electronic Health Record technical assistance services previously provided by the RECs, while expanding the scope of services to include specialists and providers practicing in medium or large size practice settings.

  • The California Department of Health Care Services is preparing the Request for Applications that will be sent to Vendors that will work with Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans and entities that provide practice management and quality assurance support for providers.

Webinar Presenter: David T. Ford

Mr. Ford is currently the Interim Executive Director of CalHIPSO, the largest federally-designated Regional Extension Center (REC) for Health Information Technology in the country.

David was previously with the California Medical Association where he was the Assistant Director of Policy and a registered lobbyist.  This role combined policy and strategy development on behalf of California’s physicians during this critical juncture in California’s health care delivery system.   David has closely monitored unfolding developments in other major health care delivery system changes currently underway, such as the dual eligible population’s transfer to managed care and the integration at the county level of the Low Income Health Program.  His advocacy position at the Medical Association has allowed David to gain keen insight into the operations of Medi-Cal and other health care programs.   David is also a nationally-recognized expert on the transition to electronic health records and health information exchange.

Prior to his work at the CMA, David was then-Assembly Member (now Senator) Ted Lieu’s (D- Torrance) Chief of Staff. He has previously served as a staff member for former-Assembly Member George Nakano. For both legislators David worked on business issues, especially related to the banking and finance industry and California’s aerospace industry.