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December 19, 2012
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  • Lawmakers urged not to further burden providers amid budget talks
    The Premier health care alliance sent a letter urging Congress not to subject health care providers to further financial burden in the ongoing fiscal cliff talks, since providers are continuing their efforts to boost patient care and cut costs. "The changes required by the federal government’s health information technology goals, coupled with the regulatory and legislative financial adjustments, make the investments necessary to achieve an outcomes platform highly problematic. This should not be the case, and should not be an either/or situation," the group said. Health Data Management (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research Ready 
  • NIH leader cites lack of trial-based evidence on mHealth's value
    The lack of clinical studies linking the use of mobile health solutions or services to better outcomes is preventing industry acceptance of the technology, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said during the recent 2012 mHealth Summit. To prove that mHealth is enhancing patient care, Collins recommended building an EMR-based national research network that connects the scientific community to a database of real-time information. Government Health IT online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Coordinated Care 
  • NeHC offers road map for successful HIE implementation
    The Health Information Exchange Learning Network of the National eHealth Collaborative has released a series of white papers describing a road map for successful HIE implementation. The road map presents two broad approaches to tackle community-level HIE needs, as well as a formula for attaining long-term HIE financial sustainability, among other information. Healthcare IT News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • ONC chief commends states' EHR meaningful use efforts
    National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari acknowledged the states with the most advanced adoption of meaningful use of EHRs at the ONC's annual meeting last week. Among the states with the highest percentages of providers receiving EHR incentives are Maine, Delaware and Massachusetts. Mostashari also saluted the states that have risen the most in the rankings, which include California, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Healthcare IT News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO report highlights digital divide in EHR incentive payments
    Pediatric hospitals were 1.6 times more likely and acute care facilities were 1.7 times more likely to receive Medicaid EHR incentives for last year than were critical access hospitals, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. The report also showed 57% of hospitals with incentives were not affiliated with a medical system chain, while the same percentage were nonprofit hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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