The federal government at the start of the Labor Day weekend finalized a rule to add flexibility to attesting for Medicare and Medicaid Stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use during 2014. But for many providers, the relief is too little too late.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced three separate weeks of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing to allow providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with the codes.  more »
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking scientific information submissions from the public on health information exchange.  more »

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Google has released what it calls a "preview" software developers' kit for its recently announced Google Fit platform.

Healthcare consultancy and care management organization Qualis Health has published an online tool kit that provides hospitals a practical, low-cost approach to engaging patients and families in infection control.

The pending $1.3 billion acquisition of the hospital information systems business line of Siemens Healthcare will enable Cerner Corp. to be a stronger competitor to Epic Systems Corp., while also being in line with Cerner CEO Neal Patterson’s vision of embracing change to make a difference. But danger looms.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft “vetting guide” to aid in testing mobile applications to find security vulnerabilities in them, and is accepting industry comment.

Despite more than $24 billion in incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals who "meaningfully use" electronic health records and another $2 billion spent on interoperability standards and EHR certification, there is very little electronic information sharing among providers.

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles are developing web and mobile apps to aid patients struggling with addiction--and their therapists--to track progress and have quick access to help.

The computing model continues to win converts in a market reluctant to take security risks.

Providers have ideas for software vendors and regulators on how to make the next stage of meaningful use a bit more realistic.

The Canadian government is the first in the Americas to launch an Internet-based effort to help its residents with rare diseases get information they need to help combat those diseases, as well as access to drugs that may help their treatment.

Telemedicine has the potential to deliver more than $6 billion a year in healthcare savings to U.S. companies, according to an analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson.

Increased data sharing and greater interoperability of electronic health records are needed to modernize and improve America’s clinical trial process, according to witnesses who testified at a July 9 congressional hearing.

An innovative new tool is now available to help policy makers, physicians and health systems better plan where to practice and what type of practitioners will be needed to meet the growing utilization of healthcare in the United States.

With over 90 percent of US hospitals attesting for meaningful use of an EHR last year, most hospital information system vendors reported continued growth in annual revenue for 2013. So how did your vendor fare in the race for these HITECH dollars?

An initiative to help providers easily enroll to receive electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice from insurers got off to a slow start but has gained momentum in recent months.
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