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Obama Signs Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Bill Into Law

  President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a bill that allows for more flexibility when applying for a hardship exemption under Meaningful Use.


Providers press for delay, flexibility in EHR rule

  The federal government’s $31.7 billion electronic health-record ( EHR ) incentive payment program needs to be refocused on promoting interoperability of electronic health-record systems, improving their usability and enhancing outcomes instead of measuring processes, according to comments on the feds’ latest round of program rules.


Docs Back E-Care Coordination, Flag Meaningful Use Stage 3 Hurdles

  A majority of physicians view electronic care coordination positively, though many have concerns about obstacles to meeting care coordination requirements under Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association


ICD-10 Success for Large Practices, Problematic for Small

  Several weeks following the implementation of the ICD-10 code set, the progress of the transition appears to vary according to size of the practice.


Why Unique Device Identifiers Will Soon Be Required in EHRs

  Currently there is no standard way to document which devices are implanted in patients.When a patient needs an implanted device replaced, how do clinicians identify which particular implant the person has? The answer is that they often change hats from surgeons to detectives to try to piece together that information. The initial team may have typed the information into the EHR somewhere.


Meaningful Use Stage 3 a Mixed Bag for Physicians

  It’s a case of good news, bad news for physicians, when it comes to CMS’s latest modifications to the EHR Incentive Program, affecting both Stages 2 and 3 of the program.

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