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June 12, 2013
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  • U.S. making calculated progress on interoperability, Mostashari says
    The U.S. remains a ways off from achieving widespread interoperability where "every encounter and every patient has access to all the world's knowledge," but the nation is making steady progress, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said at a conference. The U.S. will not have one federally run exchange as some people expect, he said, but rather an industry-created exchange guided by the federal government, with the two working together to find regulatory and market-based solutions to problems. The ONC's goal, Mostashari said, is: "The information follows the patient wherever it needs to go." Government Health IT online (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Industry isn't prepared for stage 2 SNOMED criteria, expert says
    Dave Delano of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative has expressed concern that many in the industry may not be able to meet the clinical quality measures for using SNOMED under stage 2 of the meaningful use program because the codes are too complex and aren't widely used by providers and EHR vendors. The government should start a national campaign to raise awareness on the SNOMED criteria and offer opportunities for stakeholders to learn the codes and test the CQMs before reporting, he said. Health Data Management (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Labor Department certifies AHIMA's apprenticeship guidelines
    The Department of Labor has certified AHIMA's National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards, which AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon says will help fill the industry's need for well-trained health information management and technology experts. The standards' certification will help close the gap between employers and graduating or post-certification students looking for HIM jobs through paid apprenticeships. Healthcare IT News (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal EHR incentive payments exceed $14.6B
    The federal government has released more than $14.6 billion in EHR Incentive Program payments as of the end of April, CMS data show. About 191,305 doctors and eligible professionals have received payments from Medicare, while 88,903 have received incentive payments from Medicaid and 11,117 have been awarded incentives from the Medicare Advantage program. Healthcare Informatics online (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACOs, other trends push providers toward active care
    TEAM of Care CEO Mark Stabile has identified three trends that are driving health care groups to take more active roles in patient care. These are the move to accountable care organizations and other new payment models that require greater care coordination, a greater emphasis on treating chronic conditions and fee-for-value programs. Healthcare IT News (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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