The 60-day comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) for Stage 2 meaningful use ends on May 7. The clock started ticking on the comment period when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the NRPM to the Federal Register on March 7. MORE

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A policy paper released April 20 by the American College of Physicians presents 12 recommendations to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to high-quality, coordinated care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, recently updated a question/answer posted on the agency’s FAQ web page. The updated information, presented here, pertains to attesting for the incentive programs when using multiple certified EHRs.
Harvard Data Privacy Lab to launch secure health record bank April 20, 2012 | William Yasnoff, MD, PhD - President, Health Record Banking Alliance
To facilitate use of MyDataCan as a health record bank, the Data Privacy Lab will provide both a physician and patient portal for intuitive access, and expects to implement interfaces to holders of electronic medical information, such as prescriptions, to facilitate direct electronic deposits of patient data.
A unique patient education collaboration announced April 19 at the Internal Medicine 2012 meeting in New Orleans pairs the largest medical-specialty group in the United States with the world’s largest independent product-testing organization.
Health IT areas to watch if Court overturns ACA April 19, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Striking down ACA would not affect funding by the Health & Human Services Department for other health IT programs, such as the electronic health record incentive program. That said, several ACA health IT-related provisions could be at risk
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center on behalf of three eligible professionals.
While 2012 campaign unfolds, states grapple with health insurance exchange plans April 18, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
A critical underpinning of the healthcare reform law is being fought not in the nation’s capital, but in the states. The fate of healthcare reform depends on resolution of how the exchanges will operate.
40 percent of PCPs using EHRs, up from 20 percent two years ago April 17, 2012 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
If one measures advancement in physician use of technology by adoption of electronic health records, recent movement has been substantial. The number of physicians using EHRs has doubled over the past two years.

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The future of primary care March 23, 2012 | Jay Parkinson, MD
Primary care is in such a bad state. Only about 5 percent of graduating residents are choosing primary care mostly because primary care doctors can expect to earn $3.5 million less than a specialist over their lifetimes.
Huge strides in health IT March 21, 2012 | Miriam Paramore - senior vice president, clinical and government affairs, Emdeon
The industry will soon see great returns on its efforts: improved patient care combined with overall decreased costs.
WEDI survey says industry not ready for ICD-10 March 20, 2012 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has released its latest ICD-10 industry readiness survey results, and it's not pretty. The healthcare industry is falling behind in preparing for ICD-10 compliance.
Study reveals specialist-PCP gap in EHR adoption March 19, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
KLAS Research reports that specialists aren’t adopting EHRs as quickly as their primary care colleagues.
Why mHealth matters to me March 16, 2012 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
My son Andrew is 15 years old, which places him squarely in the ever-confusing, ever-shifting universe of the teenager. He is also a type 1 diabetic – has been since he was five years old. At a time in life when he is constantly trying to test and define his limits, then, being forced to check his blood sugar several times a day and administer doses of insulin doesn’t exactly square with his ideas of personal freedom.
Weighing in on meaningful use proposed Stage 2 rules March 15, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
Meaningful use rules are driving current and future EHR functionality modifications.
80-20 coding for ICD-10 March 08, 2012 | Rhonda Butler - ICD-10, 3M
As with just about every endeavor, the 80/20 rule can be applied to learning ICD-10 terminology for the needs of your practice.
Recent study: Get the facts March 07, 2012 | Farzad Mostashari, MD
Apparently, doctors who order a lot of imaging tests are more likely to have electronic systems that let them view those images in their offices.

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Angela Golden, president elect of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, issued the following statement concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the role of nurse practitioners in the American health care system.
The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc. (HMG), a leader in healthcare advisory and managed services consulting, today further illustrated its commitment to the industry's "90 percent"—the lion's share of the healthcare community that has yet to prepare for ICD-10. HMG has done so by hiring healthcare executive Nancy Chapman, adding more than 25 years of provider operations and IT experience to help clients transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
WESTMED Medical Group announced it is collaborating with the UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses of UnitedHealth Group to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) for its more than 220 physicians in Westchester County, N.Y.
FairWarning, Inc., the inventor and world’s leading supplier of privacy breach detection solutions for Electronic Health Records (EHRs), today announced that CoxHealth has selected FairWarning® to conduct proactive privacy auditing for Cerner Millennium as well as other healthcare applications across their enterprise
Nirvanix announced that Acuo Technologies, the leader in high-performance software for intelligent medical image lifecycle management, has integrated the latest version of its award-winning Universal Clinical Platform (UCP3) software with Nirvanix public, hybrid and private cloud storage services. The combination delivers a HIPAA -compliant, enterprise-grade cloud storage service that enables healthcare organizations to consolidate diverse department-specific PACS into a unified and secure cloud environment for on-demand storage, availability and bandwidth resources with usage-based pricing.
DataArt, a custom software development firm that builds advanced solutions for select industries, announced completion of CloudRecords, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution that offers healthcare providers a variety of tools to efficiently consult with patients and smoothly run all departments of a medical practice.
Surescripts Network accelerates interoperability between physicians, pharmacists and take care health providers by making it easier to supply information often missing during patient visits.
SuccessEHS to offer consulting services March 07, 2012 | Industry Release
SuccessEHS announces that it will begin offering consulting services to help clients implement health reform initiatives, optimize workflows and maximize revenue. SuccessEHS will offer general consulting services, as well as consulting services for achievement of specific initiatives such as clinical workflow optimization, practice/billing workflow optimization, Patient-Centered Medical Home, Physician Quality Reporting System, Meaningful Use and Ryan White reporting. Consultants will help guide clients by performing gap analyses, creating customized training plans, providing assistance during the planning phase of the desired initiative and offering follow-up support.

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