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July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practice Advisor tool offers modules for MOC points
The American College of Physicians' Medical Home Builder tool has been renamed ACP Practice Advisor to reflect a broader scope of use, the organization announced on July 26. It includes two modules that internists can use to achieve Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance points towards...
July 26, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
EHR
The requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use are more stringent, said John Glaser, CEO of Siemens Health Services, during a July 24 Senate Finance Committee hearing on health IT. He recommended a delay to October 2015.
July 26, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
quality
Tasked with reviewing national public health quality efforts and the Healthy People 2020 strategy, the Institute of Medicine came to a conclusion shared by others: Partners in the health system use a complex array of measures of quality in a manner that seems uncoordinated.
July 25, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Physicians placing patients over price
Doctors have a price priority, but it never trumps patients' best interests, a Mayo Clinic-led survey of 25,000 U.S.-based physicians has found. According to the report, most physicians admit to feeling some degree of responsibility to address costs, but will side with patient need over...
July 25, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
draft physician payment
The legislation proposes to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and transition to a stable system. A voice vote moves the bill to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to consider it before lawmakers' month-long August recess.
July 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Medical Manager of the Year
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers has announced the finalists for the 2013 award, which will be presented Oct. 23 at the organization's annual conference in Clearwater, Fla.
July 24, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Regarding psychiatric comorbidity, narcolepsy patients were found to also suffer from depressive and anxiety disorders and to greater excess than those within the control group. Furthermore, psychiatric medication usage, office visits and costs related to mental illness were noted to be...
July 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
The Regenstrief Institute and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation announced July 24 they have signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their global healthcare terminologies. The cooperative work will connect the clinical semantics of SNOMED...
July 24, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
meaningful use
Starting in 2015, doctors in Massachusetts will have to show meaningful use proficiency as a condition for medical licensing. The state medical society is encouraging the Board of Registration in Medicine to broadly interpret the rule, but the provision's primary author feels primary care...
July 24, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Offering succinct praise to the Energy and Commerce Committee and other congressional leaders for putting their best foot forward to stamp out a “broken Medicare physician payment system,” the American Medical Association focused on routes to restructuring in its address to lawmakers on July 23.

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