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Frank Irving

Editor, PhysBizTech, an online publication covering business and technology issues at small physician practices.

A few weeks back, with the assistance of Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan, I had the opportunity to participate in an “exit interview” with outgoing ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD. On behalf of my Medical Practice Insider readers, I asked Mostashari what business benefits — aside from meaningful use incentive payments — could accrue…

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One can learn quite a lot by examining the statistics of eligible professionals (EPs) who have received a Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive payment. No doubt, the figures are impressive, with 6,358 unique providers having been paid an aggregate of more than $109 million through June in the current program year, according to CMS. Totals…

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As required under the HITECH Act, the Department of Health & Human Services — via the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) — has filed its annual report to Congress on the adoption of health information technology. Among the highlights, ONC told lawmakers that by the end of 2012, nearly three-quarters of office-based physicians (72…

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