Health Care Information Technology

CCHIT set to close its operationsThe Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced that it will end all of its business operations by November 14.
With MU2 under attack, DeSalvo works two roles with HHSIn the midst of ONC Director Karen DeSalvo gaining new responsibilities, the ONC’s meaningful use program has been under scrutiny, with many questioning its effectiveness.
DeSalvo steps down from ONC position to aid U.S. Ebola responseFormer national coordinator named assistant health and human services secretary

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Meaningful Use 2: A work in progress for physiciansSome critics of the EHR incentive program have said the slow rate of attestation shows that the program should be revamped or dropped.
Roundtable: The future of interoperabilityThree experts from different parts of the health IT arena discuss the barriers to achieving interoperability.
10 Apple HealthKit mobile apps for physicians and their patientsThe latest version of Apple’s operating system iOS 8, released in September, allows physicians to connect with patients in more ways than before.

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Primary care can extinguish fee-for-service, study saysA new report suggests that primary care can phase out fee-for-service models by incorporating multiple healthcare teams, diverse pay models and technology.
AMA provides blueprint for making meaningful use more physician friendlyThe American Medical Association released its blueprint for the future of the meaningful use incentive program, a proposal that includes greater physician flexibility in attesting and addressing physician usability challenges
How to avoid modifier 25 denialsExploring three patient scenarios using the modifier 25 code.
Health IT stakeholders: Time for Congress to take actionNearly 60 health information technology stakeholders want Congress to take action to clear up uncertainty surrounding the regulation and oversight of health IT.

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