Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Extend Sunset Dates for Electronic Health Records (EHR) Subsidy Rules

CMS extends the sunset date on the Stark exception to December 31, 2013. The decision will allow hospitals to continue to finance EHR implementations for referring physician practices without breaking anti-kickback laws.

More partnerships between doctors and hospitals strengthen coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries

123 new ACOs are announced, bringing the national total to 360.

MaineHealth increasing spending on software system that was involved with billing glitches

MaineHealth will increase the budget on its Epic install from $145 to $200 million. Bill Caron, president of MaineHealth, says that the health system underestimated the total cost of training all its staff on Epic, and acknowledges that it was a mistake to start the install at 600-bed Maine Medical Center, the systems largest hospital. The additional funding will be used to provide end users additional Epic training.

EMR alert cuts sepsis deaths

Active surveillance alerts generated by the EHR at Mount Sinai Hospital (NY) have led to earlier detection of sepsis in its inpatient census, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in its sepsis mortality rate.

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