From Yachting “Re: AMA and MU’s recipe for failure. Ah, good old AMA. MU stage 2 is ridiculous anyways. ICD-10 PCS? And HCPCS? Really?! You’ve gotta be kidding me. So unnecessary. HCPCS is full of inventory stuff. Who’s coming up with this stuff? Surely no one at the point of care.” Yachting’s comment follow this recent AMA editorial, which suggested Stage 2 MU is a recipe for failure because it puts too much of a burden on physicians. AMA has a long history of promoting delays when it comes to government-mandated changes, but in this case AMA is probably on target with its suggestion that the ONC seek more provider input before finalizing the Stage 2 rule and timeline.
The ONC announces a plan to help providers in small to medium-size offices increase the security of their mobile devices. ONC will initially provide scenarios or use cases which offer practice information for mobile device security; in its next phase, ONC will test third-party vendor security tools to see how well they score on information protection.
Amanda Woodhead, corporate communications manager for Emdeon, is awarded a community involvement award from the National Capital Area chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Coming next year: Welldoc’s Mobile Diabetes Intervention System, a physician-prescribed mobile health application that transmits messages to Type 2 diabetes patients based on their blood glucose values and instructs patients on needed adjustments.
Seacoast Radiology (NH) and North Brevard Medical Support (FL) discuss their partnerships with McKesson’s Revenue Management Solutions group to improve collections and productivity.
WebPT, a developer of a PT-specific EMR, acquires Health Data Solutions, a provider of PT and chiropractic billing and RCM.
The St. Louis Business Journal names Kelly Triska, EVP of client services for Gateway EDI, to its list of the area’s Most Influential Business Women.
More than a third of physicians participating in an athenahealth/Sermo survey say their EHR was not designed with doctors in mind, while almost 3/4 report that using an EHR distracts them from face-to-face patient interaction.
EMR and PM provider MTBC partners with PDR Network to integrate PDR’s drug information and safety services with MTBC’s ChartsPro EHR.
AHRQ takes a look at patient safety in medical practices and concludes that offices with greater EMR implementation had slightly higher patient safety culture scores. The report, which considered input from 934 medical offices, also reports that the majority of surveyed doctors feel rushed taking care of patients and most feel there are too many patients for the number of providers in the office.