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January 15, 2013
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  • CMS allows Method II docs to join Medicare EHR incentive program
    CMS has allowed physicians at critical access hospitals who use the Method II approach to bill Medicare for services performed in outpatient departments to join the Medicare EHR incentive program starting this year. Because of changes in the CMS system, eligible doctors will not receive incentives for last year. They also cannot submit their meaningful use attestations until January 2014. AHA News Now (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Neb. practice to replace current EHR system
    Lincoln Orthopaedic Center in Nebraska announced it will replace its EHR system with one from SRS, as the current platform fails to meet the practice's needs. The center is eager to try the specialty-focused SRS EHR with the workflow of an orthopedic practice, said Dr. Matthew Reckmeyer, senior partner and president of LOC. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • NCI plans to study efficiency of mHealth smoking cessation initiative
    The National Cancer Institute is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve its request to perform a three-year research project on how its SmokefreeTXT mobile health program has helped teenagers and young adults to stop smoking. Smokers who join the cessation program receive motivational text messages for eight weeks. Participants then get follow-up texts from the NCI up to six months after the end of the program. Government Health IT online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. health systems part of ACO testing programs
    Missouri health systems are participating in accountable care organization projects to test the new care coordination and provider payment system. Mercy Health began participating in a CMS pilot in 2005. An official with the system said higher quality of care meant higher costs, at least in the short term. Mercy has been named among more than 100 participants in the next ACO initiative, which will emphasize preventive care and early intervention. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • NIST seeks participants in HIE demonstration program
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for groups to participate in a health information exchange demonstration initiative being conducted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. Participants will offer technical expertise and products to evaluate security tools that could be used by small health care providers in health data sharing. Government Health IT online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • KLAS names new advisory board members
    KLAS Research has added Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, Citizens Memorial Hospital CIO Denni McColm and Alameda Medical Center CEO Wright Lassiter to its advisory board. "We're extremely excited that they have chosen to join KLAS and engage in the work of improving the world's health care by providing transparency to every major health care technology and services decision," said KLAS President Adam Gale. Healthcare Informatics online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smith to leave posts at Calif. foundation
    Dr. Mark D. Smith announced he will leave his posts as president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation at the end of the year. Smith, who helped the group in its efforts to implement health IT and offer technical assistance to providers, will remain a clinical faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business
    Join us for a day of online virtual education and networking with peers and experts in HIX at the free WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business on Friday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presentation topics include:
    • HIX 101
    • State Approaches
    • NPRM/Final Rules
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - Medicaid
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - GHP
    • Medicare Advantage: Lessons Learned
    • 834 and 820 Transactions
    • Financial Reporting
    • Technical Assistance for Carriers
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