Friday, October 1, 2010

Holy CCHIT!




You gotta love the government.  Only bureaucratic paper pushers could come up with an incentive program (read between the lines; "incentive program" translates to - "handing out taxpayer dollars") that requires the people receiving the incentives to first purchase something that is "CCHIT Certified®"

In a nutshell, part of the HITECH Act which was part of ARRA (or the "stimulus" bill)  provides qualifying health care providers and hospitals incentive payments to transition to electronic health records.  One of the criteria for qualifying is that these providers have purchased a "certified electronic health record system." 

The federal government needed an entity to certify these products so they turned to CCHIT or the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.  According to the CCHIT website:

"CCHIT Certified®, an independently developed certification that includes a rigorous inspection of an EHR’s integrated functionality, interoperability and security. Products that are CCHIT Certified® are tested against criteria developed by the Commission’s broadly representative, expert work groups."
I don't really have anything against the incentive program, I just think it's funny that the government is essentially telling folks to buy certified CCHIT.  Seriously though, did the people creating this organization and acronym not think when they were picking a name?  If they went with CCHIT, I can only imagine their short list of name top contenders:

Foundation for the Use of Computer Charts or FUCC
Association of Select Surveyors for Electronic Systems or ASSES
National Uploading Transmitting and System Approval Commission or NUTSAC
Federation of Automated Records Technicians or FART

This blog entry is certified CCHIT.  Please see attached certification identification:




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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Harmless Legitimate Words that Sound Naughty

So maybe I have the maturity of a ten-year-old, but I can’t help but chuckle every time I hear some one say “disseminate” and it just happened again today. As in, “Once we notify internal staff, we will disseminate the documents to our stakeholder groups.” Really? Is there really no other way to get that point across without resorting to such vulgar language? (side note – I know it’s not vulgar, but those of us who are kids at heart, or maybe just perverts at mind, are reduced to holding our laughter in like a fart on a first date.)


Rectify is another one of those innocuous words that seems to have much seedier connotations. When someone brings me a document to edit with that gem in it, I chuckle to myself and take out the big red pen cross it out and write “correct” or “fix” or “resolve” in its place.

So in acknowledgement of my immaturity, I decided to write up a quick list of other harmless words that can make this 29-year-old going on 11 chuckle. Please feel free to add your own.



Rectify

Disseminate

Pianist

Seamen

Minstrels

Booby-trap

Uranus

Rectory

Titillating

“White stuff” (from TV weathermen)

Erected

Honeré de Balzac (French novelist and playwright)

Penal Code

Dictate

Post dictated but not read by its author to be disseminated among the masses on the interwebs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"I'm happily" Sounds stupid, doesn't it?


You've heard it, I dare say some of you out there probably say it, and it drives me crazy. Here's the scenario: A friend or co-worker walks up to me and we begin a conversation.

Person: "How are you?"
Me: "I'm good. How are you?"
Person: "I'm well."
Me: *smile, but really cringing inside*
Person: *smile, but secretly swelling with a sense of superiority for exhibiting his or her perceived exceptional grammar skills*

I started observing this phenomenon a few years ago. At that time it was a rare occurrence. The first few times I heard the "I'm well" response I thought "Damn, I must have been using incorrect grammar all these years." I honestly couldn't believe I had missed this one. I have always been a stickler for the correct use of adverbs and for years have been lamenting the slow death of the adverb.

When I was a teenager and my folks would tell me to "Drive safe" as I walked out the door, I annoyingly would correct them and say "Drive safely. Drive is a verb therefore it requires an adverb." Yeah I know, makes you want to slap that little know-it-all in the face, but it really did bother me that most people ignored the existence of adverbs. And it's not just the average Joe doing so, just look a couple company slogans that have been used in the past decade:

Fazoli's: Real Italian. Real Fast.
Apple Computers: Think Different.

So for the most part, it seems America is fine with letting the adverb die a slow unnoticed death (or you could say: The adverb is dying SLOWLY and America hasn't noticed - see what I did there?) Then that pesky "I'm well" response emerges and all of a sudden it appears some Americans do indeed care about the ailing adverb. Pretty soon it's a full-blown pandemic. I'm in Tennessee - while lovely, it's not exactly a state known for paramount grammar skills - and I'm getting the "I'm well" response from McDonald's cashiers and building security guards.

Even though it's spreading like crabs at Woodstock, for some reason I never could jump on this particular bandwagon. Well, it turns out my gut was telling me more than "stop eating hot wings before a volleyball match." The "I'm well" response is grammatically incorrect unless you are speaking of your health. Here is a brief explanation from Grammar Girl:

"Even though good is primarily an adjective, it is OK to say, "I am good": am is a linking verb, and you use adjectives after linking verbs.

Aside from the linking-verb-action-verb trickiness, another reason people get confused about this topic is that well can be both an adverb and a predicate adjective. In the sentence He swam well, well is an adverb that describes how he swam. But when you say, “I am well,” you're using well as a predicate adjective. That's ok but, well is reserved to mean “healthy” when it's used in this way. So if you are recovering from a long illness and someone is inquiring about your health, it's appropriate to say, “I am well,” but if you're just describing yourself on a generally good day and nobody's asking specifically about your health, a more appropriate response is, 'I am good.'" You can see the full explanation here.

So now when you hear someone say "I am well." Just think how silly they sound. It is exactly like you asking someone how they feel and they respond: "I'm happily."

Long story short it's a technique people who want to appear smart/intellectual/superior/above you use. Like people who use the word "plethora" or who say: "Please be sure to include Jim, Peter and I on the next email chain." (if you are scratching your head right now, plethora means "a lot" and the correct way to write that sentence is "Please be sure to include Jim, Peter and ME on the next email chain.") What's really more pretentious though - pretentious people screwing up a grammar rule in an attempt to sound even more pretentious, or someone writing a blog about how said pretentious people are screwing up a grammar rule?



Sunday, May 16, 2010

Because of resounding demand.....


I have an overwhelming amount of readers on this blog (at least zero to 2 readers per entry) and I have speedily posted a massive amount of entries in a short time. I mean, come on, I've had this blog going for over a month now and I already have a total of 4 - yes 4 - posts up. That's just shy of one entry every seven days. Well in order give the laundry lists of readers what they are demanding, I've decided to start a SECOND blog.

Don't worry though, this one will still be kept up-to-date at it's usual exhausting pace. I just had a moment of unexpected enlightenment today when I was walking downtown after dinner at our favorite Ukrainian-owned Italian food restaurant (if you live in Nashville, you the type of place I'm talking about. These places have a menu with everything from tacos to pasta primavera to hamburgers to gyros to sushi on the menu). As I was walking home I spotted a velvet rope-protected red carpet with a few dozen camera-equipped people in eager anticipation. Being in Nashville, you pretty much know there is some country music event going on and you are about to get a star sighting.

Well what do you know, a few minutes after becoming a camera-toting-eagerly-awaiting-velvet-rope-restricted person myself, who walks down the red carpet but Brad Paisley. A few minutes after that Dierks Bentley and a few minutes after that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman stroll down the red carpet - on the safe side of the velvet rope of course. Luckily my awesome parents had just bought me a mini video recorder for my birthday and I captured their crimson guided walk from the Ryman to the Convention Center. The thing is my new device has a lens that swivels so as each star got close to me, I could turn the lens and capture them and me in the same shot. Being the complete nerd that I am, each time that happened I would provide the commentary "It's me and Brad Paisley" or "It's me and Dierks Bentley".

That got me thinking, hmmmm I end up running into country music artists from time to time in Music City, and I am no where near cool enough to not ask them to take their picture with me when this situation occurs. Therefore I have a few of these pics already and will most likely turn up the nerd volume and continue to take video of these unfortunate people when I see them. Hence the birth of my new blog "It's me with...". My hope is that it will be able to live at www.It'sMeWith...blogspot.com.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Victory is MINE!!!


Ok, I've gotten a little bit of rest from my string of all nighters and working two jobs and feel like giving some props where they are deserved. After they completely missed the boat (pun intended) on their initial media coverage of the Tennessee flooding, a couple of the main stream media news outlets have issued some mea culpas.

This morning on Fox and Friends the gang admitted that they has let the media frenzy surrounding the the attemped bombing in Times Square take over their air waves mostly because the themselves (meaning the media) are mostly based in New York. They then had Governor Bredesen on live from downtown Nashville to talk about the situation and promised to not let the story slip from the headlines.

Also, Anderson Cooper himself came to Tennessee to do stories about the flooding. On-air he also admitted that CNN had let the story slip through the cracks when they shouldn't have.

One last media outlet that decided to cover the flooding - E! News. They had a phoner with Kenny Chesney. Apparently his house was completley destroyed. Just giving credit where credit is due.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hey There Anderson Cooper - Just wanted to let you know the State of Tennessee is now Lake Tennessee





Unless you have been......well anywhere besides Tennessee, you probably know that there has been massive flooding throughout the entire middle part of the state since this weekend. What really blows my mind is that the national news IS BARELY COVERING THE EVENT!!!!!! At first it was described as a 100 year flood - meaning you only see a flood of this magnitude once every hundred years - but now it appears to be more like a 1,000 year flood because of the sheer size and number of people affected. And again, the national news is hardly touching it.

There have been two other big national issues - the attempted bombing in NY and oil spill off the coast of Louisiana - but seriously this flood is a big freaking deal. Local TV news in Nashville has had pretty much wall-to-wall coverage for days now, more than thousands of people are living in shelters (this doesn't include the thousands of others who are staying in hotels or with friends or family), 5 waterways have hit record levels, several of the bars and businesses off historic Broadway are flooded, the Opryland Convention Center has several feet of water in it, entire sections of the state were marooned, boat loads of people had to be evacuated from the ATTICS AND ROOFS OF THEIR HOMES and hundreds of motorists were trapped on interstates for hours on end.

Dare I say it? Is this a case of the left wing liberal media elite being biased? It may be a stretch but I really have no other estimation as to why this story is being ignored nationally. So the left wing part - the big bad oil industry is killing the poor fishies. Not to say that the LA story is not newsworthy - it is - but it is either on the same level of the flood or little maybe a level or two below. Now the media elite part - to the MSM (main stream media) it only matters if it happens in New York. Again, the attempted bombing is a big story and should be covered, but if this happened in downtown Omaha would it get the same attention by the MSM? I think not. I mean come on, it's scary and all but the FREAKING BOMB DID NOT GO OFF.

Well Tennessee, it time for you to step up to the plate. If you want to get media coverage for a massive natural disaster - probably the biggest since the national media even existed - you need to do one of three things 1) Be able to blame some evil capitalist 2) Make sure it in some way impacts the Columbia and Berkley Journalism grads in Manhattan or 3) Screw up the rescue and recovery efforts so badly that years later the Ninth Ward is still uninhabitable. There. I've said my peace.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I'm no slave to fashion, but........









Seriously, why do some of the most hideous things become fashion trends? Hey ladies, here is some free advice for you: Unless you are a size 2, those skinny jeans make YOUR ASS LOOK FAT!!!! Also, even though they are "hip" right now, they really are just one stop away from the dreaded "mom jeans." And men, if you are sporting jeans that look like you may have snatched out of one of the Jonas Brothers' closets, you pretty much look like you may have spent some time in the closet yourself.

Now on to the glamorous platform stilettos like the Louboutins J.Lo and Posh like to stomp around in. Guess what they aren't so new, they've been around a long time and at one time you could only find them in very select shops. Yep, they are a less tacky version (though only slightly less) than the lucite stripper shoes you could only purchase in XXX shops. Now don't you feel so modern and sophisticated you went from boardroom meeting ending to backroom happy ending.

Now on to the appropriately named Ugg boots. Unfortunately and surprisingly these babies have had staying power. I don't care how comfortable they are, they look horrible. Not only do they look like awful on the outside, I can only imagine the lovely aroma that would greet you on the inside. Please take notes, you are allowed to wear horrible functional shoes when needed, say when walking in two feet of snow in 20 degree temperatures. However, there is never a need to slip on sheepskin boots when you are walking around in shorts and it's 70 degrees outside. Then again, no one would actually wear these boots in the weather they are designed for because they cost $200 + a pair. So let's all make a deal and put these to rest with leisure suits and scrunchies.

Ok, so the vest thing is just up there for fun. I really don't think they are that bad. I personally don't wear them, but hey I had to put four options on the poll. Speaking of, please let your opinion be known on these trends and vote on the poll.