Health Care Information Technology

Telemedicine reimbursement is a barrier to implementationThough the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is driving interest in telemedicine, providers are still having difficulty getting paid for using the technology, according to a survey.
Are ICD-10 conversion cost estimates overblown?Study says many low-cost or free options are available to help practices prepare
Halt MU2 penalties in 2015, AMA saysThe majority of physicians could be facing penalties for not meeting meaningful use 2 requirements, and AMA says penalties should be removed.

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IT leaders call for DeSalvo’s replacement at ONCThe health IT leaders point to multiple leadership changes within the ONC that add to possible instability in the agency.
EHRs found to improve quality of clinical notesFive-year study shows improvement in all aspects of notes
Many physicians still unprepared for ICD-10Why this year’s delay and burden on practices is making it difficult for physicians to get ready.

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MU2 attestation still sluggish as deadlines nearMeaningful use 2 attestation continues to be sluggish and some of the top medical societies say it is time that the CMS provide more flexibility to the incentive program.
Google Flu Trends collaborates with CDC for more accurate predictionsGoogle initially launched Flu Trends to rival CDC’s weekly flu activity and surveillance reports, and predict flu outbreaks weeks before the CDC.
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.

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