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December 4, 2013 Headlines 3 Comments

Meaningful use incentive payments soar toward $17B

The EHR incentive program has paid out $17 billion, with 85 percent of eligible hospitals attesting to Stage 1 MU.

CMS boosts telehealth coverage for 2014

Within Medicare’s 2014 physician fee schedule, CMS expands reimbursable telehealth services to include most rural communities up to “the fringes of metropolitan areas.”

Texting While Doctoring: A Patient Safety Hazard

In a recent Annals of Internal Medicine op-ed, the overlooked danger of charting in an EHR while interviewing a patient is equated to texting while driving. The authors argue that "using a cell phone while driving reduces the amount of brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent. Multitasking is dangerous – cognitive scientists have shown that engaging in a secondary task disrupts primary task performance."

Class Action Law Suit Filed Against 23andMe

23andMe, a genome testing service provider that markets direct-to-consumer genetic tests, is hit with a class action lawsuit just a week after the FDA ordered the company to pull its  tests from the market until its submits evidence that the tests are scientifically valid.

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3 Responses to “Morning Headlines 12/5/13”

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    Obfuscator Says:

    And I suppose taking notes while sitting in a lecture or meeting is dangerous to your ability to comprehend the content? Multitasking is when two unrelated tasks are being done simultaneously. I don’t think that’s an accurate assessment of what we’re doing, cognitively, when we use an EHR.

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    Jay Adams, MBA, CPHIMS Says:

    I think it will be interesting to see how the market for practice management vendors will roll out. With “30 percent of office-based physicians are poised to change vendors.” I think were going to see a lot on M/A activity in the not so distant future.

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    Ridiculousness Says:

    I agree with @obfuscator. That sentiments behind that Annals of Internal Medicine remind me of when Dwight K. Schrute asserts that the internet is a fad.

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