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SGR Fix Hostage to Fiscal Cliff Debate

Physicians are scheduled to reSGR Fix Hostage to Fiscal Cliff Debateceive a 26.5 percent reduction in payments starting Jan. 1 unless Congress intervenes. Action to avert the cut is being considered as part of broader fiscal cliff negotiations on tax and spending policies. However, these discussions remain up in the air, creating uncertainty over the timing of a solution.


ACOs Serve Nearly 10 Percent Of Americans

Almost 10 percent of U.S. patients receive their healthcare from an accountable care organization (ACO), and almost half live in areas served by at least one ACO, according to a new study from Oliver Wyman. This means that ACOs, little known in the United States as recently as two years ago, now have a substantial…


The Future of Meaningful Use and Beyond

At the 98th meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago on Nov. 26, 2012, Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, discussed the future of imaging informatics in the face of meaningful use. CMS’ meaningful…


CMS Releases 2014 Meaningful Use Quick Reference Grids

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated reference grids for Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, detailing how meaningful use objectives align with EHR certification criteria. Each quick reference grid includes the meaningful use objectives and which group of physicians those objectives apply to, the core set and menu…


Assessing and Improving EHR Templates for ICD-10

The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), comprises two sets of codes, one for documenting diagnoses (ICD-10-CM) and the other for documenting procedures (ICD-10-PCS). Compared to ICD-9, these codes are more extensive and more numerous. ICD-10-CM codes number close to 68,000 and contain 3–7 characters compared to ICD-9-CM total more than 14,000 3–5 digit…