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November 30, 2012
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  • CMS rolls out $692M in EHR incentives in Oct.
    CMS paid $692 million in EHR incentives to hospitals, doctors and other eligible professionals in October, bringing the total payout to slightly more than $8.4 billion since the program commenced. The agency has paid $2.84 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives for physicians and other professionals since early last year, while hospitals received almost $5.38 billion during the same period, CMS said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • CHIME weighs in on OIG EHR incentive payment report
    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has released a statement in response to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General that criticized CMS' oversight of the Medicare EHR incentive initiative. The group backs the OIG's suggestion that CMS create and distribute guidance on the documentation needed to comply with audits, but it expressed concern about prepayment audits. "Such an action would impose a significant delay on the payment process, causing an unnecessary and detrimental situation for providers," said Sharon Canner, senior director of advocacy for CHIME. Healthcare Informatics online (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • MobiCare to unveil Alzheimer's disease tracker
    MobiCare is developing a mobile health application that allows caregivers to use the day-to-day emotional health and wellness of patients with Alzheimer's disease to monitor their progression. The app features a symptom tracker that enables users to log their observations, a medicine tracker and more. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Software aids in management of radiation doses
    Unfors RaySafe has launched cloud-based software called RaySafe S1, designed to improve management of patient radiation doses. The software can capture patient dose during radiology procedures, thus allowing for better handling of tests, reduction of unneeded exams, cutting of radiation doses and other functions. (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • HIMSS recognizes 2 provider practices' HIT adoption
    Coastal Medical and the Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice Center were awarded the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for health IT utilization. Coastal Medical's adoption of an eClinicalWorks EHR helped the practice have a return on investment totaling $17.8 million. Bradley's practice has used Praxis' EHR software and seen a yearly ROI of $130,000. Health Data Management (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS issues quality reporting waivers to storm-hit hospitals
    CMS has sent notice to quality improvement organizations notifying them of its plans to waive certain quality reporting requirements for storm-hit hospitals in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Hospitals in these areas may have suffered damage to their records or data systems as well as to their physical facilities. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Health management services firm appoints CMO
    Dr. Gregory Larkin, health commissioner of Indiana, will become the chief medical officer of OurHealth starting in January. Larkin has worked as global medical director at a pharmaceutical company and CMO with the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Modern Physician (free registration) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • WEDI National Conference in Las Vegas -- Only a few days remaining to submit your proposal
    WEDI is inviting individuals and companies to submit presentation proposals to be considered for the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference to be held May 13-16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference is expected to attract more than 500 health information management professionals to learn the latest in the management of health information and technologies. We need you to share your expertise, successes and ideas with your peers! Learn more and submit a proposal. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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