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Act III for meaningful use — The EHR incentive program Stage 3 proposed rule

April 27, 2015

CMS issued its Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule on March 30 (Proposed Rule). Stage 3 is expected to be the final stage of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program when the regulation is finalized. This article provides a high-level review of the Proposed Rule. A more comprehensive assessment of the proposed objectives and measures is available here.

Providers who fail to meet the meaningful use requirements face payment reductions

Initially, the EHR Incentive Program provided incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs who adopt and meaningfully use certified EHR technology (CEHRT). Today, EPs who were not meaningful users faced Medicare payment adjustments of up to 2% starting on Jan. 1. The penalty will increase to 5%.

Study:Work-focused, hospital-based interventions produce similar results for people with neck, back pain

April 27, 2015
Norwegian researchers found a reduction in pain and disability scores for people in both work-focused and control interventions for people with neck and back pain…
Nanotech-enabled moisturizer may speed healing of diabetic skin wounds

Nanotech-enabled moisturizer may speed healing of diabetic skin wounds

April 24, 2015
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new high-tech but simple skin ointment that may one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers…
Senators introduce bill to improve O&P care for service members, veterans

Senators introduce bill to improve O&P care for service members, veterans

April 24, 2015
Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Chris Murphy recently joined Rep. Matt Cartwright to introduce two bills to improve orthotic and prosthetic care for U.S. service members and…
Researchers identify effective, cost-effective treatments for complex wounds

Researchers identify effective, cost-effective treatments for complex wounds

April 23, 2015
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have identified the most effective and cost-effective methods of the treatment of complex wounds, according to recently…
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3D printing has applications, challenges in a variety of medical specialties

March 20, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — Scott Hollister, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, talks…
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VIDEO: Coordinated care starts with smart management

March 13, 2015
NEW ORLEANS Coordinated care needs organized management and administration to keep patient care flowing…
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Peer mentorship provides support for amputees

February 9, 2015
LAS VEGAS — Pedro Pimenta, Hanger patient advocate, visited the Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting to…
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