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October 11, 2012
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  • OIG releases report on CMS' efforts to lessen Medicare financial losses
    CMS has failed to satisfy the legal requirements that were developed to lessen financial losses to Medicare, despite the agency's notification of the almost 14,000 Medicare beneficiaries whose health identities were compromised in 14 security breaches between Sept. 23, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2011, according to a report from the HHS' Office of Inspector General. The report also calls on CMS to reissue identification numbers so the victims of the breaches continue to have Medicare coverage. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • IOM recommends clearinghouse of EHR reviews, feedback
    The Institute of Medicine recommended establishing a central, publicly available database where users of EHRs can share their experiences and reviews. Organizations "will benefit from lessons learned by similar health care organizations about how to improve the performance and safety of their existing systems," wrote the authors of the IOM report. American Medical News (free content) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. eligible providers receive $25M in EHR payments
    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released a report stating 31 hospitals and 463 providers in the state have received around $25 million in EHR payments from the CMS for qualifying in the Medicaid EHR incentive program. Providers and hospitals have to satisfy at least one public health meaningful use goal to receive incentives, including recording laboratory results or electronically transmitting data to state and federal programs. Government Health IT online (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  Technology Trends 
  • Mercy offers lessons on transitioning to the PCMH model
    The Mercy system in Toledo, Ohio, has seen positive outcomes from its pilot effort to move to a patient-centered medical home model over the past two years and is on schedule to have all of its 20 primary care practices adopt the model by year's end. Keys to Mercy's success include focusing on certain PCMH measures and adopting an online reporting tool to boost its performance in those areas. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app from Thermo Fisher offers free access to gene research
    Thermo Fisher Scientific has created Gene News, a free mobile application designed to allow researchers and students to access gene research and news updates using their iPhones and Android devices. The app enables users to view gene research data in easy-to-read formats, as well as bookmark and customize search queries, among other functions. Mass High Tech (Boston) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs Dexcom's continuous glucose monitoring system
    San Diego-based Dexcom received FDA approval for its Dexcom G4 PLATINUM continuous glucose monitoring system, which includes features such as a long transmission range, customized and tone-specific alerts and a hypoglycemia alert set at 55 mg/dl. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT panels accept comments on patient ID verification
    The HIT Policy and Standards Committees are asking for input on how best to verify patient identities, especially since the stage 2 meaningful use criteria require more than 5% of patients to access their health data and perform secure messaging with doctors. Questions being considered include how to ensure only authorized individuals have access to patient records, and how digital certificates can be reliably issued without burdening patients. Health Data Management (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • Health data management firm names 2 execs
    Pyramid Healthcare Solutions in Clearwater, Fla., has appointed two new executives. The firm has tapped Angela Carmichael to be its coding and auditing assistant vice president as well as Nav Ranajee as sales and marketing vice president. "These individuals offer specialized skills within the areas of HIM and revenue cycle services, and they exemplify our core values of quality assurance and customer service expertise," said Pyramid Chief Operating Officer Jay Hutchinson. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • New block of hotel rooms available for WEDI 2012 Fall Conference through Oct. 12
    The WEDI 2012 Fall Conference room block at the Hyatt Reston in Reston, Va., has sold out, but it's still not too late to take advantage of the discount hotel room rate. WEDI has secured an additional small block of rooms at the Hyatt Dulles at the discounted room rate of $219/per night. Please make your reservation by Oct. 12, either online or by calling 1-888-421-1442 and requesting the "WEDI Fall Conference" group rate. The room block at the Hyatt Dulles may sell out prior to the cutoff date, so call soon to make your reservation. Get more information online or contact Amy Verd at 202-618-8802 or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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