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November 14, 2012
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  • Health care suppliers urge quicker timeline for device ID rule
    The Healthcare Supply Chain Association has called on the FDA to reduce from seven years to three years the time frame for implementing a unique device identifier system for medical devices. "Patient safety outcomes far outweigh any rationale, economic or otherwise, for such a prolonged phase-in," the group said in a comment letter sent to the FDA. Health Data Management (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NIH database integrates genetic data from various sources
    The NIH's new ClinVar database integrates data from dozens of databases and allows clinical testing laboratories to deposit their data. The database describes diseases using standard nomenclature, allows data to be incorporated into other software and supports complex searches. "It provides a forum that is computer readable for people to develop tools to find connections between genetics and disease," said James Ostell, chief of the National Center for Biotechnology Information's engineering branch. Nature (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HIT panel asks for input on stage 3 MU proposals
    The Health IT Policy Committee is set to issue a request for public comments on its proposed meaningful use requirements for the final stage of the EHR incentive effort. The group also seeks feedback on how to integrate consumer-reported information into clinical quality measures, which have been a component of MU specifications since the launch of the program. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mostashari: Election result is a chance to build on HIT momentum
    President Barack Obama's re-election highlights the increasing importance of data and analytics in our society, which is mirrored in the provision of health care, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said. The election result also allows the administration more time to build on the "incredible progress in the past four years on health IT," he said. Government Health IT online (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • CMS pays out $8.36B in EHR incentives through October
    The CMS has paid $8.36 billion in EHR incentives to 165,800 doctors and hospitals through October. Medicare payments to eligible providers and hospitals during October amounted to $435 million, while Medicaid incentives paid to professionals and hospitals for using and upgrading EHRs totaled $210 million. Healthcare IT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insurer, hospitals partner to form ACO in San Francisco
    Health Net of California has partnered with several hospitals in San Francisco to create an accountable care organization targeted at University of California employees working or living in the area. The effort moves area providers and patients to a care model in which the traditional obstacles to efficient, integrated and coordinated care can be removed, a hospital official said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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