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Guest Editorial As controversial and frustrating as it may be, the federal government’s role in modernizing American healthcare is far from over. Healthcare occupies an unusual role: it is technically a private service subject to free market forces, yet in many ways it is insulated from consumer demand and market pressures of the sort that…

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed Test Tools for conformance testing of Health IT Modules related to the 2015 Edition ONC certification criteria for electronic prescribing, immunization messaging, syndromic surveillance, and reportable laboratory results. Complementary test process documents that describe the testing actions for using these tools were also developed and…

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The recent release of the AmericanEHR Partners research report, Physicians Use of EHR Systems 2014 prompted a number of media responses, one of which questioned the process and methodology by which the data was collected from target populations in conjunction with professional society partners. In order to respond to the question of survey populations, I…

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For those of you who spend time caring for patients, rather than keeping up to date on every proposed regulation that comes out of CMS, here are the highlights of one that directly affects you. On April 15, CMS published a proposed rule that makes dramatic changes in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use (MU). Essentially,…

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Over the past 4 years, there has been a major shift in the world of healthcare. The medical community has had greater influence from the government, insurance companies, lawyers, and like the rest of our society, an overarching increase in digital technology. Thus, the emergence of mainstream electronic health records (EHRs). People in present day…

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Providers need to report a compliant 90-day period from 2014 by March 20th, 2015 in order to achieve Meaningful Use for the first time and qualify to receive incentive funding. This is the last chance to report Meaningful Use compliance from 2014. For more information on EHR Incentive Programs, visit The Official Web Site for…

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Don’t delay. The Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals is February 28, 2015. For more information on Attestation on CMS.gov, click here Useful links: For information on state registries and specific requirements in your state click here CMS Attestation & Registration System portal

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Guest Editorial by Benjamin Shibata If you want to give hospital clinicians severe heart burn or an arrhythmia, talk to them about implementing a new state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.  Although EHRs may seem like an intuitive improvement over paper health records, the transition has been a huge headache because the process is being…

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Since 2009, there has been a significant national effort to encourage the adoption and use of EHRs. A significant number of medical practitioners are now using EHRs which have had financial impacts on practices as well as effects on productivity, clinician satisfaction and patient outcomes. In response to the need for credible information organized and…

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At our most recent  HIMSS “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use “ Education HIMSS Regional Event for Eligible Providers and Health IT Staff in Dover Delaware several Eligible Professionals have expressed to me that they have had difficulty meeting the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs  criteria. Many complained that their vendors for example have not…

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eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the

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