A look at potential successors for top ONC post
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Are shorter shifts for interns dangerous? July 09, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Are shorter shifts for interns endangering patients?
As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.
ACP backs SGR repeal, blended payments July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
SGR repeal and blended payments backed by ACP
American College of Physicians President Molly Cooke, MD, urged Congress to consider the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform's recommendations, which are "aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid."
CMS proposes complex care payment July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year July 08, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year
New online marketplaces will begin selling health insurance to individuals in October, offering federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums to those who qualify. An outstanding question: In which states will national plans operate?
ACA coverage requirement extended July 03, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Employers get an extra year to implement ACA coverage requirement
The Obama administration on July 2 announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act's requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be forced to go to health insurance exchanges to get coverage.
Error compromises patient files July 02, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Programming error compromises thousands of patient files
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches reported this year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying 187,533 clients that their protected health information, financial and employment data and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed following a computer glitch.
ONC details EHR headway July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
Sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds June 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Global sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds
The International Internet Week of Action, a global cooperative effort to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products, concluded June 25 with measures taken against more than 9,600 websites, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many of those sites, falsely claiming to be Canadian pharmacies, appeared to be operating as a part of an organized criminal network.

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Complete testing urged for hep C patients May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
How to optimize your EHR May 08, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.
Deadline looms for 2014 eRx adjustment May 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
June 30 deadline looms for 2014 eRx payment adjustment
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
Adapting to meaningful use May 06, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Adapting to meaningful use
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to meet meaningful use.
Q&A on EHR incentive audits May 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
What you should know about EHR incentive audits
Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, shares details about pre- and post-payment audits currently underway and expected to impact between 5 and 10 percent of eligible providers who have attested for meaningful use.
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness April 30, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open during the process.
6 tips for better data security April 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
MU reporting after an EHR switch April 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How to report for MU if you switch EHR vendors
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your meaningful use status if you were to change EHR vendors? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, has an answer for you.

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Reform goes for both exam rooms March 22, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Where healthcare goes, so goes education, yet the latter seems to have been sidelined, a neglect that will prove to be much to the chagrin of the system if left alone for too long.
Doctors urged to hang on for more useful EHRs March 20, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
Getting engaged March 19, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Asking medical records to engage patients is like asking a dictionary to tell a story.
To care or to document, that is the question March 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What is the primary purpose of an EHR, and how, accordingly, should it be structured?
See you in OtherOtherland March 13, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
To thrive in these turbulent times, you will need five skills. Four of them you probably did not learn in medical school or residency.
Trickle-up economics March 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Specialists benefit from reducing their overhead while getting guaranteed payment, I benefit by increasing the value of my type of practice even more to my patients, and the patient benefits by getting cheaper care.
The health IT conundrum: To document or to doctor? March 05, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What’s the purpose of health IT? It may seem a bit late to be asking that question, but given that the evolution of IT ongoing, it seems worth periodically revisiting the question in case, well, previous assumptions were wrong. After all, ideas about purpose lead pretty directly to the form a piece of equipment or, in this case, software ultimately takes.
Doctor-patient teamwork not quite what it could be February 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
A new study finds that collaboration isn't happening to the extent it could be, and the reason may be that the technology isn't ready to do its part.

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Emdat Inc., a leading provider of web-based medical documentation software, announces the newest release of InScribe, the HIPAA-compliant typing application designed to help clinical documentation specialists easily and quickly complete quality documents. InScribe version 4.109 boasts advanced voice recognition (VR) integration and Qualified Text capabilities.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, announced an expansion of its relationship with ExitCare, LLC, an enterprise-wide solution for patient education.
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients.
Privia Health, LLC, a physician-based wellness and care management company that is building the nation’s largest high performance network of top doctors, announced today it has secured $12.3 million in Series B financing from a group of leading healthcare industry investors and executives. The round of financing was led by Health Enterprise Partners (HEP), a New York-based healthcare private equity group whose limited partners include some of the nation’s top health systems and health plans.
Paladin, a leading provider of managed care services, announced today at the 2012 Risk Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, the addition of a new physician-guided service, Physician Case Management.
Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. (AFHI) recently created a comprehensive narcotics program to help reduce the health risks of these drugs on injured workers and ultimately provide a mechanism for them to get back to work sooner.
Marci Nielsen, Ph.D., MPH, executive director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, will be a featured speaker at The Atlantic's fourth annual Health Care Forum on April 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.
Healthcare management consulting firm, Beacon Partners, today announced they are expanding their ICD-10 Assessment Services to include an ICD-10 Translator and business intelligence application from McGladrey, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services. The addition of McGladrey’s Translator will allow Beacon Partners to enhance their overall ICD-10 Assessment service offering and provide a more in depth solution to healthcare organizations making the transition to ICD-10.

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