HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Announces Major Progress in Doctors, Hospital use of Health Information Technology

February 22, 2012

Source: U.S Department of Health and Human Services

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 - KANSAS CITY, MO – The number of hospitals using health information technology (IT) has more than doubled in the last two years and nearly 2,000 hospitals and more than 41,000 doctors have received $3.1 billion in incentive payments for ensuring meaningful use of health IT, particularly certified Electronic Health Records (EHR).

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Moore Eyes Health Care Bill by March, Mariano Touts Short-term Plans

February 8, 2012

Source: State House News Service

FEBRURY 8, 2012 - STATE HOUSE, BOSTON - A major refashioning of the Massachusetts health care system aimed at incentivizing high quality health care and eliminating duplicative procedures could be presented to the House in a month, a lawmaker leading negotiations on the proposal said Wednesday.

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Senate Passes RX Monitoring Bill, Rejects Drug Trafficker Registry

February 3, 2012

Source: State House News Service

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 - The top prescribers of controlled substances like Vicodin or OxyContin would be required to immediately enroll in the state’s prescription monitoring program, and others would be forced to follow suit over the next three years under legislation passed by the Senate on Thursday.

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Medicare Advantage Premiums down 7 percent on Average, Enrollment up 10 percent

February 1, 2012


FEBRUARY 1, 2012 - Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen by 7 percent on average and enrollment has risen by about 10 percent since this time last year, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

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Privacy and Security Mobile Device Good Practices Project Launched

January 26, 2012


JANUARY 25, 2012 - ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), in working with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently launched a Privacy & Security Mobile Device project.

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Mostashari: Meaningful use to reach new heights

January 18, 2012

Source: Health IT News

JANUARY 11, 2012 - WASHINGTON – “In 2012, meaningful use will soar," National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari asserted at the Jan.

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CMS EHR Incentive Programs paid $2.5B in 2011

January 13, 2012

Source: Government Health IT

JANUARY 10, 2012 - The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record program has paid more than $2.5 billion to physicians and hospitals in incentive payments for all of 2011, with December contributing to the steep growth curve. 

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The Direct Project

January 10, 2012

Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

DECEMBER 2011 - The Direct Project: Scalable, cost-effective, secure transport of patient health information via the internet. Read more

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We Can’t Wait: Faster Adoption of Health Information Technology

December 19, 2011

Source: US Health and Human Services (HHS)

Secretary Sebelius announced in this proposal that providers who adopt an ONC-ATCB certified EHR in 2011 will have until the end of February 2012 to meet Stage 1 meaningful use.

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County physician practices slowly moving into e-world

November 14, 2011

Source: Berkshire Eagle

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 - Local physician practices that are still operating on paper records are making headway in the slow and often complicated migration to electronic medical records, according to a state agency assisting in the process.

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