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January 16, 2013
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  • ONC picks 4 groups to certify EHRs in stage 2 MU
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has named the first groups authorized to test and certify EHR systems under stage 2 of the federal meaningful use program. They are the Drummond Group, the Certification Commission for Health IT, InfoGard Laboratories and ICSA Labs. Health Data Management (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research aims to investigate role of mHealth in smoking cessation
    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
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  Coordinated Care 
  • AMA asks feds to hire external evaluator for EHR incentives
    The American Medical Association has called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS to employ an outside expert to evaluate the EHR incentive program. Hiring an external evaluator may help determine attainable measures, EHR functionalities that can be developed in a given period and reasonable meaningful use requirements, an AMA official said. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME weighs in on stage 3 meaningful use proposals
    CHIME has asked the Health IT Policy Committee to perform a thorough review of what has been achieved thus far under the meaningful use program to avoid setting unrealistic measures and goals for hospitals in stage 3 of the initiative. In its comment letter to the stage 3 MU proposal, CHIME urged that stage 3 time frames should be "linked to and preceded by proven HIE capabilities," among other recommendations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • CMS issues guidance on Medicaid health home program
    The CMS has issued guidance on core quality measures under the Affordable Care Act regarding health homes, a person-centered model of care focused on enhancing outcomes for Medicaid patients with chronic diseases. The guidance is intended to help state Medicaid agencies in their efforts to develop and implement health home initiatives. Health Data Management (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas health group teams with insurer to set up ACO
    Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas have established an accountable care organization. The ACO aims to use different strategies to boost patient experience and care quality, including leveraging advanced technology to improve care transitions and adopting a new payment scheme. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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