Pre Conference Workshops

Pre Conference Workshops


Register now for the great workshops offered at the 2019 Inspire MUSE conference!

From report writing to revenue cycle optimization; from data repository basics to clinical quality control; it's here!

Date:  Tuesday May 28, 2019
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Workshops - Full Day

[9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm]

Price: $130         Register

601 - Hands-on Advanced NPR Report Writer Techniques

We will offer a hands-on, all-day workshop for eager NPR report writers. Bring your own laptop so you can connect back to your own hospital network, and learn how to:

  • Default into a LI
  • Use multiple indexes in one report
  • Write loops with @Next/@Prev/@Next.get and + and -
  • Use MAGIC and C/S debuggers inside reports
  • Cross applications without using fragments
  • Select records based on multiple visit criteria
  • Create an easier to develop and maintain export using a macro as a program
Come and learn advanced NPR techniques that you can code right into your own system!


Important notes:
  • Students will be expected to bring a laptop that can use a wireless network to connect back to their own hospital’s MEDITECH system (MAGIC or C/S). Training exercises will be applicable to either platform.
  • Power strips will be available.
  • Please note that we will not be able to assist individual students with connectivity or access issues, so prior to the start of the workshop, you should test your ability to make a remote connection back to your hospital, get to your NPR Report Writer, and write reports in your Test directory (or ring).
  • Be prepared to write reports in the following applications: ABS, BAR, ADM, NUR, and MIS.

Duration: Full day
Instructor: Joe Cocuzzo
Organization: Iatric Systems

Joe Cocuzzo is the Director of Report Writing Services at Iatric Systems. He leads a team of more than 30 report writers and consultants, and he has more than 30 years of healthcare reporting experience. He began his report writing career as an Application Consultant at MEDITECH, after which he spent nine years as a Senior Programmer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, before joining Iatric Systems in 2000.


602 - Revenue Cycle Workshop – Rapid Results to Solving Preventable Revenue Leakage

In this session, we will offer an approach to solving preventable revenue leakage with a rapid one-day session. We will align existing people, processes, and technology to find and fix the root cause, create a sustainable redesign, and keep the investments organizations have already made in their technology.

In just one day, learn about the critical success factors of a transformed revenue cycle that maximize financial performance; discover the “silent pillars” of the revenue cycle and the cross-functional departments that impact revenue leakage; adapt techniques to prioritize project for immediate wins; identify HCIS modules and functionalities to optimize, strengthen, and continuously improve IT investment; and highlight the 6.1/Expanse opportunities for increased workflow improvements.



Duration: Full day
Instructor: Sheryl Easter
Organization: Jacobus Consulting

Sheryl Easter has been a Managing Director at Jacobus Consulting with over 30 years’ experience working closely with healthcare organizations to help improve their Revenue Cycle and Financial Processes, resulting in increased revenue and decreased AR Days for the facilities. She has functioned in many roles including Managing Director-Revenue Cycle & Finance, Project Manager, Senior Practice Director, Manager, Senior Management Consultant, Senior Consultant, and Senior Financial Analyst working in the areas of Billing/Claims, Admissions, Scheduling, Materials Management Health Information Management, Abstracting, Payroll, General Financials, and Human Resources. Sheryl has proven significant accomplishments with 6.x/Expanse Implementations/Optimizations. Education has been a key motivator, and after achieving a Master’s Degree (MBA/HCM) with a large focus on healthcare, she became an educator focusing on healthcare regulations, optimizations, changes and revenue cycle.


Workshops - Half Day Morning

[9:30 am to 12:00 pm]

Price: $70    Register

701 - Data Repository Boot Camp Basics

Welcome to DR boot camp! We’ve got two sessions designed to teach you the ins and outs of reporting from MEDITECH Data Repository: DR Boot Camp Basics, and Advanced DR Boot Camp.

In DR Boot Camp Basics, we’ll start with an overview of what DR is and how it fits into the MEDITECH systems picture. Then we’ll demonstrate different ways to find the specific data you need from DR, so you can write your reports more quickly and efficiently, instead of constantly browsing table data. We’ll dive into some basic T-SQL concepts that every report writer needs to know, including primary keys, indexing in SQL Server, writing more efficient table joins, reviewing execution plans and how to use both T-SQL and user-defined functions to improve your coding technique.

Be sure to join us if you want to learn the basics – and more - about writing efficient and useful reports from your MEDITECH Data Repository.

This is a beginning to intermediate technical T-SQL class and applies to all MEDITECH platforms from MAGIC to Expanse.



Duration: Half day
Instructors: Jamie Gerardo and Taylor Solari
Organization: Acmeware

Jamie Gerardo is Vice President of Acmeware’s Professional Services group and has been a presenter at MUSE going back to her days at Hays Medical Center. While at Hays, she helped develop the DR into an integral part of daily operations. Jamie has a passion for databases and enjoys sharing information and teaching others. She has been involved with MEDITECH healthcare for the past 15 years, with a concentration on the Data Repository environment since 2005. She studied Business Administration in Management at Texas State University. Jamie is a Microsoft certified Technical Specialist in Business Intelligence.

Before joining Acmeware in 2015, Taylor Solari worked as a Systems Analyst at Licking Memorial Health System (a MEDITECH MAGIC site), where he supported DR and trained new staff on utilizing their electronic medical records software. Taylor also worked as a Senior DR Application Specialist at MEDITECH, including both customer and new staff training. Taylor lives outside Columbus, OH.

702 - The Alphabet Soup of Clinical Quality Measure Reporting and Reimbursement 

CMS is transitioning to what they call "a new and more responsive regulatory framework" for quality reporting and reimbursement. We have already started experiencing the transformation of fee for service into value-based care models driven by the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), Quality Payment Program (QPP), MACRA, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APM).  Healthcare organizations are no longer motivated by implementing and meeting Meaningful Use, but instead driven by value-based care and risk-based payment models that focus on quality outcomes for reimbursements.

In this education session we will review:

  • How CMS are aligning CQMs to reduce the reporting burden for healthcare organizations and providers.
  • The following CMS reporting programs and how they interact with each other: Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Merit-based Incentive Payments (MIPS), Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR), The Joint Commission (ORYX), Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), and Alternative Payment Models (APM).
  • How the Hospital and Provider reimbursement models will change in 2019 and going forward.
  • Compare and contrast the requirements for quality measure reporting and identify strategies to ensure compliance.
  • The potential impact to hospital reimbursement of current and proposed programs that will affect quality reporting for hospitals and providers.
  • How to improve efficiency and quality by aligning measures across initiatives.
  • Where to find current information (and breaking news) on each of these Quality Initiatives.


In the past, organizations participating in quality reporting involved abstractors sifting through a small sample set of unstructured data in paper charts to then manually convert their findings to discrete reportable data. This approach is time consuming and requires extensive amount of resources from both IT and Quality staff. Aligning quality initiatives can improve efficiencies and processes, and contribute to population health management efforts, both locally and nationally.

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to apply what they’ve learned about aligning Clinical Quality Measures across initiatives specific to their organization to improve reimbursements, reduce their reporting burden, increase efficiencies, and realize the benefits of Population Health Management.

If you are responsible for hospital quality, IT, clinical quality measure initiatives or have a vested interest in making sure your organization is aligning quality measures reporting, this informational session is a must.

Duration: Half day
Instructors: Alexis Donnaruma, Greg D’Abate, and Jodi Frei
Organizations: Acmeware; Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, Vermont

Alexis Donnaruma, MPH, is the Quality Reporting and Product Manager at Acmeware. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Management and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine. At Acmeware she continuously reviews quality reporting regulatory updates to contribute to the development of Acmeware’s quality reporting and analysis application. She also educates clients about reporting requirements and manages eCQM submissions for Acmeware clients. Prior to her time at Acmeware, she worked at Partners Healthcare, reviewing quality reporting regulatory updates to educate Partner’s hospitals on the latest reporting requirements, and analyzed hospital data to determine individual and system-wide performance on quality measures.

The Director of Sales and Marketing, Greg D’Abate started with Acmeware in 2013 as a Marketing Consultant and promoted to Marketing Manager in 2015. Currently the Director of Sales and Marketing, Greg is responsible for the branding, lead generation and new revenue generation for Acmeware. Prior to Acmeware, he spent three years working for a marketing agency in Atlanta, GA developing its digital marketing strategy and implementation. The first 22 years of Greg’s professional career were sales and marketing roles within the mortgage industry. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from Fairfield University.

Jodi Frei, PT, MSMIIT, Director of Quality, Northwestern Medical Center, has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1990, holding leadership roles since 1991, with a focus on clinical outcomes. In 2010, she became Manager of Organizational Informatics, leading Northwestern in MEDITECH implementation and optimization. Having the prerequisite knowledge of CMS Quality Strategy and understanding of MEDITECH functionality enabled her eventual transition to Director of Quality at Northwestern. Most recently, she was project manager for Northwestern’s MEDITECH Expanse go-LIVE. Jodi supports health care reform efforts within her organization, and has presented on related topics at national MEDITECH and HIMSS events. She holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Information Technology.


703 - Report Designer 101

Learn how to write your first report and other basic Report Designer topics, including:

  • Where to find Report Designer training information
  • NPR R/W vs. Report Designer terminology
  • Utilize tools to find specific data in the MEDITECH system
  • Report naming convention
  • Versioning
  • Determine the type of report you need
  • Choosing the detail record
  • Using the field lookup tool
  • Choosing selection criteria
  • How to choose the best index
  • Cover all of the different screens: Fields, General, Selection, Sorting, Regions, Report Pictures
  • Adding lines, boxes, and shading
  • Adding totals
  • Adding counters
  • Adding selection defaults and selection lists
  • Print selection variables on report header
  • View report with .pdf viewer


Duration: Half day
Instructor: Dan Collins
Organization: The HCI Solution

Dan Collins has been at the forefront of EHR implementations, development, and customer care for over 20 years. Before joining The HCI Solution, he worked at MEDITECH in various roles in all platforms, managing programmers. Dan had the pleasure of training new MEDITECH employees on MAGIC, C/S, FS, and M-AT programming languages and has supported almost all MEDITECH applications through his career. With decades of experience writing reports, Dan has been the primary software developer for the HCI Solution SyncSolve and manages a team of Integration Engineers.

704 - Story Mapping for Successful Deployments

This class introduces the concepts of framing how various users will interact with any product, feature, or process.  By learning how to use conversations, words, pictures, and user personas to “map” out your desired outcome, you will increase the “shared understanding” of each of your project team members; thus increasing your chance of successful deployment.




Duration: Half day
Instructor: Gary Armfield
Organization: IPeople

Gary Armfield, along with co-founder Jenny Blue, started Interface People to provide integration solutions to the MEDITECH community making access to the HIS data open. As CEO he provides top-level leadership and vision to a growing company striving to improve patient care through technology. With over 24 years of experience in the industry, Gary’s strong background in MEDITECH provides solid direction to all departments, while his expertise in programming sets the pace for outstanding innovation, meeting the many challenges and objectives in healthcare. Gary offers extensive knowledge in Magic programming, NPR Report Writing, Visual Basic, SQL

705 - MEDITECH Expanse Clinical Charge Capture and Automation

MEDITECH’s Expanse platform brings organizations many advanced features and functionality. Navigating the array of options available are key to a successful implementation. Come hear firsthand about the exciting options available to automate and maximize charge capture in the Expanse platform. Topics of conversations will include:

  • Current state assessment - Processes, Charge capture, claims, materials/supply processes
  • Optimizing workflows
  • Web Acute, Web ED, and Web Ambulatory considerations
  • Ambulatory and Acute integration considerations
  • Charge forwarding – professional, facility, and practice (acute to AMB, AMB to acute, etc.)
    • Charge forwarding troubleshooting (tips & tricks)
  • PCS charge methods and automation – Materials, procedures, etc.
  • Provider on-line documentation
    • Professional charge capture options, tips & tricks
  • EDM (Web and Non-Web ED) automation
  • ED (Web and Non-Web ED) Facility E&M calculation tool development
    • Methodologies and options
    • Standard Register review and use
  • Medical Problem Management – coding options and impacts
  • Injections & Infusions (I&I’s)
    • MEDITECH options
    • Reports
    • Hierarchy
    • Coding
    • Training and education
  • Provider/professional billing options, RVU’s, tips & tricks
  • Provider education methodologies and recommendations
  • Tracking development opportunities and issues
  • Process Improvement



Duration: Half day
Instructor: Chad Turner
Organization: HealthNET Systems Consulting, Inc.

Chad Turner is a Director and senior level informatics consultant who has deep expertise in implementation and optimization of clinical systems, financial services, professional/clinical charge capture and billing optimization, as well as E&M development and optimization. Over the course of 25 years he has a demonstrated success record of implementing Physician Advanced Clinicals, CPOE, clinical and ancillary documentation systems, and in particular using MEDITECH rules and attributes and advanced report writing to enhance application usage/optimization. He has also project managed many Expanse and professional charge capture projects. Chad has an extraordinary talent in leading and facilitating physician and clinical work groups.



Workshops - Half Day Afternoon

[1:00 pm to 3:30 pm]

Price: $70    Register

801 - Advanced Data Repository Boot Camp

Welcome to DR boot camp! We’ve got two sessions designed to teach you the ins and outs of reporting from MEDITECH Data Repository: DR Boot Camp Basics, and Advanced DR Boot Camp.

In Advanced DR Boot Camp, we’ll dive more deeply into T-SQL stored procedure coding techniques, including using CASE statements to define your own if/then logic, properly handing NULLs in DR, and different methods for working with data subsets, like temp tables and CTE.  We’ll also cover handling data in complex scenarios such as combining multi-valued results into a single column, pivoting your output, accurately performing date calculations and much more.

Finally, we’ll demonstrate how to bring all these concepts and coding techniques together.  There are many possible ways to solve a data request or coding logic problem – in other words, more than one “right” way to do it.  What are the factors to consider to get the best balance of well-performing code that can be efficiently written and maintained?

Be sure to join us if you want to take your T-SQL skills to the next level! This is an intermediate to advanced technical T-SQL class and applies to all MEDITECH platforms from MAGIC to Expanse.



Duration: Half day
Instructors: Jamie Gerardo and Taylor Solari
Organization: Acmeware

Jamie Gerardo is Vice President of Acmeware’s Professional Services group and has been a presenter at MUSE going back to her days at Hays Medical Center. While at Hays, she helped develop the DR into an integral part of daily operations. Jamie has a passion for databases and enjoys sharing information and teaching others. She has been involved with MEDITECH healthcare for the past 15 years, with a concentration on the Data Repository environment since 2005. She studied Business Administration in Management at Texas State University. Jamie is a Microsoft certified Technical Specialist in Business Intelligence.

Before joining Acmeware in 2015, Taylor Solari worked as a Systems Analyst at Licking Memorial Health System (a MEDITECH MAGIC site), where he supported DR and trained new staff on utilizing their electronic medical records software. Taylor also worked as a Senior DR Application Specialist at MEDITECH, including both customer and new staff training. Taylor lives outside Columbus, OH.

802 - Understanding MEDITECH NPR and M-AT Data Object Structures

This educational session is designed for beginner thru advanced MEDITECH NPR and M-AT reporting professionals and analysts with MEDITECH Magic, Client Server, M-AT 6.x and Expanse versions. We will include introductory discussion of Data Repository using MEDITECH data definitions, NPR tables, and SQL table relationships.

Understanding the MEDITECH data structures is key to successful discovery analytics and data mining. We will take an introductory through advanced approach to look at how data is stored, structured, and accessed in the MEDITECH NPR random access file (RAF) data structures. Along the way we will share open source tools used to understand and access NPR prefixes, databases, nodes, subscripts, and fields.



Duration: Half day
Instructor: Ken Hoffman
Organization: The HCI Solution

Ken Hoffman is a healthcare information technology industry veteran and is well known for providing innovative solutions for challenging hospital issues. Having developed integrated applications and interfaces for hundreds of hospitals, he is highly experienced in design, development, and delivery of solutions that enhance patient safety, streamline workflow, and improve clinical and administrative efficiency.


803 - Advanced Report Designer Topics

Learn an array of advanced Report Designer topic, including …

Learn the data structures behind MEDITECH's M-AT applications.

  • List structures
  • Internal vs. external representations
  • Demonstrate MAGIC Kingdom examples
  • View M-AT data with object explorer tool
  • UNV/HCIS/Databases/Files/Objects/Records/Fields/
  • Sorting/Preserve order

Learn how to write Report Designer Rules to retrieve and manipulate data using programming logic.

  • The data record associated to the rule
  • Local variables
  • External variables
  • Looping on Records/Indexes
  • Using fields
  • Using String Extraction/Date Functions
  • Report return value

Write several calculated fields for a Report Designer report using rules.

  • Write rules to generate output for calculated fields
  • Write rules to output customer defined query responses
  • Layer rules - output for one rule fed into next rule

Creating a list of data in Report Designer is a very powerful tool. Learn how to create, navigate, and output your own lists of data.

  • Creating and sorting a list
  • Searching a list
  • Traversing a list
  • Printing a list



Duration: Half day
Instructor: Dan Collins
Organization: The HCI Solution

Dan Collins has been at the forefront of EHR implementations, development, and customer care for over 20 years. Before joining The HCI Solution, he worked at MEDITECH in various roles in all platforms, managing programmers. Dan had the pleasure of training new MEDITECH employees on MAGIC, C/S, FS, and M-AT programming languages and has supported almost all MEDITECH applications through his career. With decades of experience writing reports, Dan has been the primary software developer for the HCI Solution SyncSolve and manages a team of Integration Engineers.

804 - Lean Education

Imagine if you could help create an environment where patient wait times were minimal, the organization saved money, all employees felt a sense of purpose, and the patients were always delighted with their experience! Does this sound like a dream? There are ways to achieve this but it does require a change in culture ... and that culture is a lean culture.

Simply, lean means creating more value for customers and is an approach to running an organization through continuous improvement. Lean is not about tools but it is about thinking. Every member of the organization needs to think about a better way to get things done. We need to think about how we can do our work better, experiment with new ideas, and learn from these experiments. That is the lean way!




Duration: Half day
Instructor: Jenny Blue
Organization: IPeople

Jenny Blue, along with co-founder Gary Armfield, started Interface People to provide integration solutions to the MEDITECH community making access to the HIS data open. As COO, she provides top-level leadership and vision to a growing company striving to improve patient care through technology. With over 24 years of experience in the industry, Jenny’s strong background in MEDITECH provides solid direction to all departments, while her expertise in programming sets the pace for outstanding innovation, meeting the many challenges and objectives in healthcare. Jenny offers extensive knowledge in Magic programming, NPR Report Writing, Visual Basic, SQL Server, and interface protocols and development. She has consulted for numerous hospitals to improve workflow and process automation across departments and has conducted educational seminars for the MEDITECH population since 1994.


805 - MEDITECH’s EHR Excellence Toolkit Program

This workshop will help you understand the fundamentals of EHR Excellence Toolkit Program and its components. You will also learn how our new and existing EHR Toolkit topics provide your organizations with the evidence based guidance and embedded clinical decision support (CDS) to accelerate your quality improvements efforts at your organization. Last, we will take a deeper dive into the implementation process for these toolkits walking you through the steps your organization can follow to integrate these toolkits into your quality initiatives. We will also provide a brief introduction to the new MEDITECH support models for these toolkits.

You will learn:

  • EHR Excellence Toolkit Program and Components
  • Overview of new MEDITECH EHR Toolkit Topics
    • Opioid Management
    • Hypertension Management
    • Diabetes Prevention
    • Depression & Suicide
  • The steps for implementation of these toolkits



Duration: Half day
Instructors:Lisa Bourgeois and Jenny Capizzi
Organization: MEDITECH

Lisa Bourgeois is a Senior Manager in the EHR Excellence Group overseeing the Toolkit Program, Clinical Leadership Preparedness Program (CLPP), Doctor’s Hours, and Stage 7 initiatives. She manages a group of Analysts and Clinicians who are responsible for developing and evolving programs to support our customers in achieving clinical and operational excellence. Lisa has been with MEDITECH for 28 years serving various roles in both Implementation and Client Services.

Jenny Capizzi is a Manager in the EHR Excellence Programs responsible for the development and maintenance of Toolkits and other Clinical Quality initiatives. Over her last 12 years at MEDITECH, Jenny has supported and implemented the various components of the physician product suite as well as served as an Advanced Clinical Coordinator. She has worked with a wide scope of customers across all platforms to optimize the use of their software.


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We look forward to seeing you at 2019 MUSE Inspire Conference!

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