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October 19, 2012
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  • GOP senators request EHR program meeting with CMS, ONC
    Four Republican senators have submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a meeting with CMS and ONC members regarding EHR attestation and meaningful use. Included in the letter were several questions they would like to have answered by the agencies, including whether taxpayer-subsidized EHRs increase the use of diagnostic tests and whether EHR use has increased the amounts providers are billing to Medicare. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • CMS highlights progress of federal meaningful use program
    The federal program to offer incentives to Medicaid and Medicare providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs has made strides despite some growing pains, CMS officials said. Almost 20,000 eligible professionals and about 81% of eligible hospitals have signed up for the program, and about $7.7 billion in incentive payments has been issued as of last month, officials said. Government Health IT online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Move forward with MU, Mostashari tells CHIME forum attendees
    National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari pressed participants in the CHIME 2012 Fall CIO Forum to forge ahead with their meaningful use efforts to improve care quality, patient safety and efficiency at reduced costs, saying that the internal reform of the health care system would be accomplished through technology. "[I]f there's one thing I ask of you, it's to use meaningful use, use certification, as your tool. And help us improve every part of it," he said. Healthcare Informatics online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • R.I. private practice receives HIMSS award
    Coastal Medical, a private medical group based in Providence, R.I., has been tapped by HIMSS to receive the annual Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. "Coastal has used the EHR technology platform to establish a strong foundation on which to deliver evidence-based, high quality care and produce measurable outcomes," said Dr. John Bender, chairman of the Davies Ambulatory Committee. Healthcare Informatics online (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New app informs breast cancer patients on reconstruction techniques
    The New Orleans-based Center for Restorative Breast Surgery is launching a new iPhone application designed to inform newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and those who underwent a mastectomy about the latest and most advanced techniques in breast reconstruction. The first-of-its-kind app features a "Procedure Wizard" section that uses a supercomputer to determine the best reconstructive procedure for each patient and a "What to Ask" section that allows patients to ask the right questions on surgery prior to their appointments. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Experts stress need for IT security amid BYOD trend
    The proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace, driven in part by the bring-your-own-device trend, highlights the need for organizations to prepare for mobile forensic investigations. Experts advise groups, particularly those that are required to comply with HIPAA and similar rules, to be selective in which mobile devices are authorized to be used at work, make sure the company has the right to examine employees' mobile devices and train IT teams in forensic tools, among other recommendations. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fitness device maker unveils free app to promote healthy behavior
    Striiv, a portable fitness device maker in California, has unveiled a free iPhone application called Striiv Smart Pedometer. The app, which has a large food database and calorie counting features, has the same functions as the firm's portable fitness device that offers virtual rewards and incentives to users. "We call it the first 'smart' pedometer because it learns from your activity, learns your behavior and motivates you to walk a lot more throughout the day," said Striiv's head of design Lexy Franklin. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC to conduct nationwide HIE survey in laboratories
    The ONC is set to launch the National Survey on Health Information Exchange in Clinical Laboratories to assess the level at which labs share information with doctors. The agency will create a baseline level for data exchange between laboratories and providers using the survey data, with the ultimate goal of offering more targeted assistance to states as they create strategies for laboratory exchange. Health Data Management (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Fla. hospital system names new CIO, senior VP
    Lori DeLone has been selected by Health First, a hospital system in Florida, to be its chief information officer and senior vice president. DeLone, who previously worked as regional vice president at a physician workflow solutions provider, is expected to monitor contract negotiations and capital budgets at Health First. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • ASC X12 Clearinghouse Caucus attendees to collaborate on 5 areas
    Cooperative Exchange, the national association representing organizations in the health care information technology and transaction industry, hosted the first-ever Clearinghouse Caucus at the ASC X12 Standing Committee meeting. Caucus Chairman Joseph Gonzalez, president of the Cooperative Exchange, led attendees to identify five areas of collaboration:
    • Stakeholder collaboration, reduction of administrative burden and increased adoption of EDI solutions;
    • EDI enrollment;
    • Understanding issues of clearinghouses (removing “Black Box” perspective);
    • Emerging regulation/legislative landscape (including operating rules, HPID/OEID and workers’ compensation state legislation); and
    • ICD-10-CM industry collaboration.
    Also, Betty Gomez, ASC X12 Provider Information co-chair, provided an overview of the EDI enrollment work group efforts. Attendees can join this work group by sending an e-mail to The next ASC X12 Clearinghouse Caucus meeting will take place in conjunction with the Standing Committee meeting Jan. 20 – 24 in Seattle, Wash. For more information, contact Executive Director Tim McMullen, JD, CAE, at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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