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Do you know how much the ICD-10 transition will cost? August 06, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 budgeting: Do you know how much the transition will cost?
To calculate the whole price, you'll need to gather best estimates of several key elements.
Mostashari confirms fall departure from ONC August 06, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
Mostashari confirms fall departure from ONC
Farzad Mostashari, MD, tweeted confirmation on Aug. 6 that he will be stepping down this fall from his post as national coordinator for health IT.
EHR adoption
Electronic health record adoption has passed 50 percent in the United States; however, some states deserve more credit than others. This infographic by Health Biz Decoded breaks down which states have the highest EHR and e-prescribing rates, and which have some catching up to do.
Physician payment bill advances through House committee August 02, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Physician payment bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 31 unanimously approved legislation to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula. As Congress adjourns for its annual recess, the bill moves to consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Provider incentives approach $6 billion August 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Providers approach $6 billion in EHR incentives
The total number of unique eligible professionals who have received payments since the Medicare/Medicaid programs' inception in 2011 surpassed 293,000 as of the end of June. Medicare-eligible MDs or DOs took in most of that total, about $3.4 billion.
Top 10 RECs: Converting providers to meaningful use July 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Regional Extension Centers
The Health IT Regional Extension Center Cooperative Agreement Program is government-funded to provide technical assistance for EHR implementation to 100,000 primary care providers through 62 sites located nationwide. This slideshow shows the 10 RECs that have achieved the highest percentage to goal of PCPs demonstrating meaningful use.
How IT impacts medical consolidation July 30, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How IT impacts medical consolidation
While most health IT professionals are probably more focused on implementing or maintaining systems than they are tracking larger healthcare trends, they should be aware of five areas where IT concerns factor into the drive toward, and the success of, consolidation.
Individual mandate opposition gets new life July 29, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Anthony Brino
Efforts by Republican lawmakers to delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate got renewed media coverage in July.

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