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August 20, 2013  2:19 PM

HIMSS requests extension to meet requirements for stage 2 of meaningful use

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Farzad Mostashari, HIMSS, Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is asking  healthcare officials to extend the attestation period for stage 2 of meaningful use to 18 months, instead of the planned timeframe of a year. A formal

August 14, 2013  11:00 AM

CMS solicits comment on publicizing physician Medicare reimbursements

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR safety, medicare, Medicare payments, medicare reimbursement, sequester

CMS has issued a request for public comment on how to create "the most appropriate" policies for disclosing individual physician Medicare reimbursement payment data. Earlier this year, A Florida federal district court lifted an injunction from 1979 that prevented the Department of Health,...


August 9, 2013  11:06 AM

Dr. Mostashari, care coordination really stinks in my city

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
care coordination, Farzad Mostashari, Interoperability and health information exchange

Federal HIT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D. made waves this week, announcing his resignation effective this fall. Tributes and accolades, all deserved, are rolling...


August 6, 2013  11:49 AM

MaineHealth closing down its eICU for lack of reimbursement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
eICU, telehealth, Telemedicine

MaineHealth announced the closing of its VitalNetwork electronic intensive care unit (eICU) program, effective Oct. 1. The critical care remote monitoring system was used by nine Maine hospitals. The...


August 1, 2013  11:56 AM

ACO dropout rate concerning but it’s alpha testing healthcare’s future

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organization, Affordable Care Act, Pioneer ACO Model, population health management

CMS announced that several Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACO) participants are changing their status to lower-risk, lower-reward plans, or even dropping out altogether. While many news outlets covered the story, the


July 31, 2013  10:38 AM

ICD-10 facts and myths resource addresses key coding issues

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
computer-assisted coding, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

The CMS updated their ICD-10 facts and myths resource to help providers who are preparing for the transition to the new codes. One of the issues the document addresses is the age of ICD-10 -- it was released in...


July 24, 2013  12:30 PM

CIOs to Farzad: More time for stage 2 meaningful use adoption, please

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
certified EHR technology, HIPAA, ICD-10 implementation, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

In a letter to the U.S. Senate responding to the "Reboot" policy paper signed by four Republicans, members of the College of Healthcare Information Management...


July 23, 2013  2:17 PM

CMS clarifies meaningful use eligibility for retired providers

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, EHR incentive program, medicare

Providers who retire or opt out of Medicare after successfully attesting to the meaningful use program will still receive an incentive payment, according to an update to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services frequently asked questions page. Providers can also


July 18, 2013  10:58 AM

Aetna launches CarePass mHealth app while pulling out of Calif. HIX

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ACA, Aetna, CarePass, Google, health insurance, health insurance exchange, health reform, HIPAA, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA security, HIX, mHealth, NSA, phr, PHRs and patient engagement

Last month, Aetna Inc. launched CarePass, a smartphone mHealth app that aggregates and dashboards data from many popular personal health and fitness apps such as FitBit, Jawbone, Lose It! and RunKeeper. The insurer's Vice President and CarePass lead Martha Wofford told SearchHealthIT that services...


July 16, 2013  11:52 AM

New IHE/ICSA certifications another step toward interoperability in healthcare

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, EHR certification, Interoperability, ONC

The software products of eight health IT vendors were certified as secure and interoperable by IHE USA and ICSA Labs. The products are the first to be certified by...


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