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CMS announces that the first Medicare EHR incentive payments will be issued this week. Eligible Professionals, who can receive a maximum of $18,000 during the first year, will be paid via electronic funds transfer or by check.

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Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick helps eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani and COO Mahesh Navani cut the ceremonial ribbon on eClinicalWorks’ new Westborough headquarters. Patrick then took some time to meet and greet eClinicalWorks staff members.

Carmel Foot Specialists (NC) partners with TSI Healthcare to deploy NextGen’s PM/EMR/Patient Portal.

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Patient check-in company Phreesia wins the Triple Tree I Award for Operational Effectiveness at the recent Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance Convergence Summit.

Billing service provider MedData introduces an online patient portal option.

Florida’s Center for the Advancement of Health IT says over 700 physicians have signed up for assistance. The REC has funding for 2,000 providers and is waiving membership enrollment fees for eligible participants. I wonder if the waived fees are a result of too few providers enrolled for services?

ADP AdvancedMD earns ONC-ATCB certification from CCHIT for its 2011 Summer release.

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CCHIT announces plans to certify ambulatory EHRs in obstetrics, oncology, and clinical research. CCHIT’s specialty-specific certifications are separate from its ONC-ATCB certification program.

Capario says it is now processing inbound 5010 claims (Errata version) and providing 5010 ERAs with submitters.

Sage Healthcare Division President Betty Otter-Nickerson is featured in the May issue of Imaging Economics discussing the need for industry leaders to bring technology tools and connectivity to patients and physicians.

I realize today’s post is a bit short. I am blaming it on a slow news day, though it could be a hot date or a need to catch a shoe sale.

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  • Other RECs offering waivers….

    Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) who join CalHIPSO by December 31, 2011 will have their membership fees waived until January 2014. (One of the CA REC organizations)

    To encourage enrollment of PPCPs, ALREC has agreed to waive membership fees for the first 1,000 PPCPs through April, 2011. (Alabama REC)

    RECs are funded partially based on milestones, so very motivated to sign up providers, get them live and and meet meaningful use.
    The key provider-specific milestones include:
    • Signed technical assistance contracts between the Regional Center and provider (with receipt of any participation fees required);
    • Documentation of Go-Live status on a certified EHR, with active quality reporting and electronic prescribing;
    • Meeting the meaningful use criteria established by the Secretary.

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