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  • newCMS: 257K EPs Hit With MU Penalties; AMA Calls the Number “Dismal”
    Healthcare Informatics: Approximately 257,000 eligible professionals will face penalties under the meaningful use program in 2015 for failing to meet requirements of the EHR incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servic…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:31pm -
  • newONCs 5 goals for the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
    Government Health IT: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday shared more detail about its vision for the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 it laid down last week.
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:30pm -
  • newHospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): More than 700 hospitals will see their total Medicare payments docked by 1% in fiscal 2015 as part of the first year of a federal penalty program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:30pm -
  • newHealth IT 2014: Interoperability, Ebola and 2.0
    FedScoop: Health IT in 2014 continued its path toward a system of interoperable and open data to improve patient care with IT systems.
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:27pm -
  • CO: Colorado awards $8 million to study medical marijuana uses
    Reuters: Colorado health officials awarded $8 million in research grants on Wednesday to study the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, childhood epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:09pm -
  • HHS rolls out tech partnerships to promote
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): HHS is rolling out online partnerships with three online firms to further promote during the current open-enrollment period, which ends Feb., a job-search website, w…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • VA, IBM to Pilot Watson-Based CDS Study
    Healthcare Informatics: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corporation are joining together to conduct a two-year pilot that will assess clinical decision support through the use of Watson technology.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • VT: Vermont bails on single-payer health care
    Politico: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:07pm -
  • Federal Health Exchange Sees Enrollment Flurry
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that nearly 2.5 million people had selected health insurance plans through the federal marketplace in the first four weeks of open enrollment this fall.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 12:49pm -
  • Interoperability: Can it really happen in 10 years?
    Government Health IT: Interoperability: With electronic health records now in place among hospitals and medical practices, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT embraced its new mandate in 2014: getting them to talk to each other.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 12:48pm -