Comment period for EHR certification, quality reporting programs expanded by CMS, ONC
The deadline for sending feedback regarding quality reporting and EHR certification measures has been moved to Feb. 16 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the CMS. Comments from stakeholders will help the agencies determine the frequency for recertifying EHRs, methods to enhance health IT products testing and the number of clinical quality standards needed for health IT certification. Healthcare IT News
CMS proposes regional benchmarks for ACO program
CMS officials have released a proposed rule updating the methodology for evaluating the performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program participants. The rules are intended to increase the number of accountable care organizations and will base benchmarks on regional rather than national trends in the growth of health care spending. Healthcare Informatics online
Tissue Regenix partners with German tissue bank
Tissue Regenix and Germany-based tissue bank GTM-V have formed GBM-V, a joint venture that will focus on supplying skin graft and replacement heart valves using the former's cell-washing technology, dCELL. Tissue Regenix will provide support for the production and distribution of products. Regulatory applications will be overseen by the joint venture. ProactiveInvestors.co.uk (U.K.)
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