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Congress Moves to Delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

The U.S. Congress may step in to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program, with both chambers taking action on the third and final stage of the program. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., introduced her Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex IT 2 Act),…
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Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"] Federally-supported gun violence intervention program (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] By Jerry Walden and Andrew Zweifler As of 2012 in the U.S.,guns continue to be associated with approximately 30,000 deaths per year. Over one-half of these fatalities are suicides and the…
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Highlights of MSMS Board of Directors Meeting, January 18, 2012

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="120" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] From Jim Mitchiner Highlights of MSMS Board of Directors Meeting, January 18, 2012 Future of Medicine:  The Board was updated on progress on the five Future of Medicine activities (childhood obesity, primary care, quality & safety, healthcare stewardship, and Medicaid).  Membership:  The Board voted to eliminate the current…
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Concerning News From Washington State

The Washington state Medicaid program has enacted a concerning policy - limiting its beneficiaries to only 3 non emergency visits per year. A non-emergency under this policy would include a presentation for chest pain that is diagnosed as GERD.
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Happy Bday, EMTALA

Note: This was originally published as an online commentary in the Detroit Free Press on April 8,2011. This week marked the 25th anniversary of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. By signing the massive Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act on April 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Congress gave legal imprimatur to a requirement…
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