From Deacon “Re: Michael Stearns. As a former e-MDs employee, I really don’t believe Dr. Stearns did anything that was listed in the email to e-MDs clients and on their Website. e-MDs is a good company that can’t get out of its own way, but Dr. Stearns was the least of their worries. He probably would have been a better CMO and working with product challenges than a CEO working on business challenges.” I’m sure I am not the only one surprised by the seemingly swift removal. Just one week earlier, the company hosted its annual user conference and symposium and posted photos (now removed) on Facebook showing Stearns to be large and in charge.
HHS announces the selection of 89 new ACOs, bringing the total number of organizations participating in Medicare’s shared savings initiatives to 154.
Southwest Community Health Center (CT) selects NextGen EHR, PM, and electronic dental record products for its 12 location FQHC.
CMS issues a proposed rule that would increase Medicare payments to family physicians by about seven percent and by three to five percent for other primary care providers for the 2013 calendar year. The same proposed rule includes new hardship exemptions and an informal review process for the e-prescribing program and recommendations for increased alignment between the PQRS reporting program and the MU use program.
The AMA offers advice for physicians who wish to remain in private practice but also want to facilitate better care coordination by becoming part of larger clinically integrated organizations. Critical elements for success include connectivity to other providers and access to data from EHRs and claims databases.
The 10-provider OrthoKC (KS) contracts with SRS for its EHR.
The California Primary Care Association and Arcadia Solutions develop Health Home Accelerator, a program to help primary care practices transform their organizations into a Patient Centered Medical Home and earn NCQA recognition.
Manet Community Health Center (MA- above) and Community Health Programs (MA) select athenahealth’s athenaClinicals, athenaCollector, and athenaCommunicator for their FQHCs.