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  • newAnother “Is Meaningful Use Dead” Debate? You Don’t Say!
    Healthcare Informatics: It was on Jan. 11 when Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said at a healthcare conference in San Francisco—and then doubled down on Twitter— that “the meaningful use program…
    - 10 hours ago, 5 May 16, 11:34am -
  • newCMS requests doc input on MACRA
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt struck a strongly conciliatory tone Wednesday at the second meeting of the committee created to evaluate payment models to be used in Medicare's new reimburs…
    - 10 hours ago, 5 May 16, 11:34am -
  • newFDA Panel Urges Mandatory Opioid Training for Doctors
    The Wall Street Journal (online registration required): WASHINGTON—An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly endorsed mandatory training for doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers, in an effort to stem what has become a…
    - 10 hours ago, 5 May 16, 11:33am -
  • newMedicare pays bonuses to 231 hospitals with lower quality because of cheaper costs
    Healthcare IT News: The federal government paid bonuses to 231 hospitals with subpar quality because their patients tend to be less expensive for Medicare, new research shows.
    - 10 hours ago, 5 May 16, 11:33am -
  • Health IT Stakeholders Question ONC’s Authority in Proposed EHR Certification Rule
    Healthcare Informatics: Industry stakeholders have given the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) feedback for a proposed rule that would give the agency more power in overseeing and reviewing electronic health records (EHR) and oth…
    - 1 day ago, 4 May 16, 10:52am -
  • CMS releases Quality Measure Development Plan in support of MACRA
    Healthcare IT News: As physicians study the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models outlined in the newly proposed MACRA rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its finalized Quality Meas…
    - 1 day ago, 4 May 16, 10:51am -
  • CDC warns that Americans may be overmedicating youngest children with ADHD
    The Washington Post (online registration required): U.S. health officials are urging parents of preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to try behavior therapy first before trying drugs — and they're calling on insurers to…
    - 1 day ago, 4 May 16, 10:51am -
  • CMS grants Texas' short-term Medicaid waiver extension
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): The CMS has awarded Texas a 15-month extension waiver that would help cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients in the state.
    - 1 day ago, 4 May 16, 10:50am -
  • Survey: Most Digital Health Users Are Not Using EHRs to Manage Their Health
    Healthcare Informatics: About 60 percent of consumers who use digital health tools say they have an electronic health record (EHR), yet only 22 percent of these patients are accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions, according to a survey by Heal…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 11:31am -
  • Latest Medicaid managed-care reforms are left to states to carry out
    Modern Healthcare:  The key word defining the first significant federal changes to Medicaid managed care in 14 years is “flexibility”—for states, that is.The CMS laid the responsibility of ensuring that some of the country's poorest residents…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 11:30am -