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February 6, 2013
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  • Study of antidepressant arrhythmia risks proves value of EHRs
    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers used EHR data in a study that supported FDA warnings regarding risk of arrhythmia in patients using the antidepressant citalopram. Pulling data from EHRs was more efficient than working with patient charts, researchers said, saving time while safeguarding patient privacy. "We only extract the data we need and never see anything that would allow us to identify an individual patient," said Dr. Roy Perlis, co-author of the study. Government Health IT online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS accepts input on expanded use of clinical quality measures
    CMS is seeking feedback on ways to help doctors easily use clinical quality measures reported as part of other initiatives to help them meet the requirements for EHR meaningful use and the Physician Quality Reporting System. "We are requesting information from medical specialty societies, boards and registries; other third party registry vendors, eligible professionals using registries to report quality measures, and any other party interested in providing information on this request for information," according to the agency. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS seeks to ID issues with new HIPAA operating rules, transactions
    The CMS wants to identify issues tied to the revised HIPAA operating rules and transactions prior to enforcement. To that end, the agency has contracted with Emdeon to test the usability, business usage, interoperability and functionality of draft standards for various health care transactions, as well as new rules that might be considered for implementation. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Groups ask CMS to expand role of pharmacists in ACO efforts
    The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association sent a letter asking the CMS to increase the role of pharmacists in accountable care organizations and related efforts. "Permitting pharmacists to practice to their maximum capabilities within these new delivery models would help increase medication adherence and coordination between health care settings," the groups wrote. Chain Drug Review (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert identifies 6 key trends in health IT for the coming year
    Six key trends are expected to affect health groups this year, including: the expedited growth of value-based purchasing and accountable care organizations; more mergers and acquisitions; greater emphasis on data; increased sales of revenue cycle systems; enhanced focus on ICD-10; and a shortage of skilled health IT workers. These trends will be driven by EHR meaningful use and other factors. Healthcare Informatics online (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet


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