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Proposed Health IT Certification Programs.

Today the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Establishment of Certification Programs for Health Information Technology (Health IT). The rule first proposes the creation of a temporary certification program for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and EHR modules. This serves as a bridge to the second, permanent certification proposal, which establishes detailed guidelines to support an ongoing program of testing and certification of health....

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One in Three Small Town Residents Without Health Coverage by 2019.

According to a recently released Center for Rural Affairs' report, approximately one in three rural Americans living in communities with fewer than 2,500 residents will be uninsured by 2019. Throughout the remainder of rural America, approximately one in four residents will likely go without health care coverage and the annual cost of health care for all rural households will rise from $2,705 to nearly $4,700 on average..

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HIPAA version 5010 fact sheets and checklists Released by CMS.

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HIT Policy Committee Recommendation One Small (CPOE) Step From Flexibility.

by Louis Wenzlow, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative What is the 3-1-1-1-0 Recommendation? The HIT Policy Committee today created a framework for much needed flexibility within the EHR incentive program. Rather than requiring providers to meet all of the 20-plus meaningful use objectives (as is currently required in the CMS proposed rule), the Policy Committee recommended that providers be able to defer a certain portion of meaningful use objectives without jeopardizing their incentive....

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