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Susan DeVore, president & CEO of the Premier healthcare alliance discusses what is required by health systems in order to begin accountable care models. DeVo… Video Rating: 0 / 5

Alan Gilbert, Vice President of Business Development at AxSys Health, chats with Billian’s HealthDATA/Porter Research about the conversations going on at HIM…         http://advisory.com?WT.ac=P_Y_Youtube_ABC_Flexible+Work+hours_Apr192013_1 With Sarah O’Hara Sarah O’Hara explains how—with the company’s support—she’s found …        

A new article series presented by CTS, a publisher of medical software reviews and evaluation tools, explores some of the significant medical practice management challenges related to EMR / EHR software. Written by medical software expert and CTS President, Sheldon Needle, the series sheds light on problems associated with managing patient data electronically and how physicians and other healthcare professionals can avoid common technology traps

CMS has posted an update to their FAQ that more fully answers the question of Sequestration and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments. The short answer to the question of whether or not the sequestration will affect EHR incentive payments is yes, sort of.  If you’re scheduled to receive payments through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program then those payments are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending, as long as the final day of your reporting period is on or after April 1st, 2013.   However, if you’ll be receiving Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments then you’ll be receiving the full amount.  The more complete answer, direct from the CMS website is below: Will incentive payments earned in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive programs be affected by sequestration? Incentive payments made through the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for 2 months.  As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2%. This 2% reduction will be applied to any Medicare EHR incentive payment for a reporting period that ends on or after April 1, 2013. If the final day of the reporting period occurs before April 1, 2013, those incentive payments will not be subject to the reduction. Please note that this reduction does not apply to Medicaid EHR incentive payments, which are exempt from the mandatory reductions.

Today’s EHR and HIT news includes several new product announcements from OmniMD as well as customer acquisition news from MedAptus . In other news ZyDoc , a New York-based medical informatics company, announced that its  Clinical Data Repository application has been selected as a finalist in the Sanofi 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge OmniMD Launches Three Cutting-Edge Software Products OmniMD™ announced today the introduction of three new products: Its new revenue cycle management software, OmniRCM™, a truly superior solution for medical practices and medical billing companies OmniXchange™, an advanced health care interface engine OmniACO™, OmniMD’s suite of products for accountable care organizations (ACOs) “OmniRCM has advanced capabilities which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of revenue cycle management,” said Divan Da’ve, CEO of OmniMD and its parent company, Integrated Systems Management, Inc. “Its unique features allow users to easily identify and implement dramatic improvements in their billing and collections processes.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has placed a hold on one of President Obama’s top healthcare nominees. Marilyn Tavenner had previously seemed poised for an easy, bipartisan confirmation as the administrator of the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency.

Top News Nextgov uncovers a scathing internal Pentagon memo that says DoD’s plans to acquired commercial off-the-shelf software fly directly in the face of the President’s call for a joint DoD-VA EHR based on open standards.

With a two-fold increase in adoption since 2006, use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in community-based practices in Canada has yielded efficiency and patient care benefits valued at $1.3 billion, an independent study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway and  prepared by PwC  reveals. The study drew on more than 250 research publications from around the world and includes up-to-date Canadian results from recent studies and surveys

Today’s EHR and HIT news includes two partnership items, the first from Health Solutions Plus and Context4 Healthcare allowing shared customers to streamline processes and the second from Creative Computing Solutions , and Socrata who have announced a strategic partnership that they claim will help federal agencies leverage data to make informed mission and program decisions.  There is also customer acquisition news from IT services provider NTT Data. Health Solutions Plus, Inc. and Context4 Healthcare, Inc

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