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The White House Urges Standards for Health Information Exchange

In a White House report published on December 8th, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) advocated the adoption of standards (i.e., a universal exchange language) to enable healthcare providers to exchange patient health information in real-time.  The White House urged the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for

MTBC’s E-Prescribing Application 100% Approved by SureScripts®

It is very pleased to announce that mtbc has achieved 100% approval from Surescripts®—both for the web-based e-prescribing application offered through its website as well as for MTBC iRx, its e-prescribing app designed specifically for use with Apple® mobile devices.   Unlike other vendors who offer e-prescribing capability through a third party provider, MTBC has developed

Senate Passes One-Month Reprieve for Medicare Pay Cuts

The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill on November 18th that will postpone a 23% cut in Medicare physician pay that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2010.  The House is expected to take up the Senate bill after Thanksgiving.  Nonetheless, even if the house follows suit and approves the bills, physicians

MTBC EMR Updated with EMR Patch Version 4.0.07.00

The latest patch for its proprietary EMR, version 4.0.07.00, has been recently released by MTBC, providing users with an exciting array of new features and improvements.  With this new update, MTBC is one step closer to helping you achieve “meaningful use.” Some of the major features included in the update are: Letter auto-generation, which allows

CCHIT to Launch Custom EHR Certification for Hospitals

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has announced that it will launch a new custom EHR certification programs for hospitals on December 15, 2010.  CCHIT is one of three ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies designated by the government. CCHIT’s EACH program (EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals) will be used to test and certify

Medical Practices with EHRs Financially Out-Perform Practices with Paper Medical Records

According to a new survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), medical groups with EHR systems financially outperform medical groups still using paper medical records.  In its report entitled “Electronic Health Records Impacts on Revenue, Costs, and Staffing:  2010 Report Based on 2009 Data,” MGMA found that the total revenue of an average

HHS to Cut Premiums for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will cut premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions by about 20% in those states in which it operates its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  In addition, HHS will ask those states that operate the program on their own to cut coverage rates as well.

Partial I-9/I-10 Code Freeze Finalized and Ready to Begin in 2012

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee intends to implement a partial freeze of ICD 9-CM and ICD 10-CM codes prior to the implementation of the ICD-10 on October 1, 2013. This was announced at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) meeting, which took place in Baltimore, MD from September 14-16, 2010.  The

ONC-ATCB Certification Program Launched by CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has successfully launched its certification program as an ONC-ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology).  CCHIT, acknowledged by the ONC as one of the initial ATCBs, will verify that EMRs solutions are capable of meeting the 2011/2012

AMA Calls on the Debt Commission to Repeal the SGR Formula

The country’s largest medical society, the American Medical Association (AMA), has urged the bipartisan Debt Commission created by President Obama to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AMA expressed its demands to members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. It requested that a proposal be sent to Congress to permanent repeal