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Morning Headlines 4/24/13

Pentagon Resists Administration’s Mandate For An Open Source Health Records System

A leaked Pentagon memo reveals that President Obama’s administration has repeatedly recommended that DoD implement a more cost effective open source system like VistA, but that the Pentagon has resisted due to "an incorrect assumption that modernizations based on open systems, as opposed to proprietary commercial systems, will take too long."

CMS Listening Session: Billing and Coding with Electronic Health Records

CMS and ONC will hold a meeting to discuss the increase in code levels billed for some Medicare services associated with EHRs and appropriate coding in an increasingly electronic environment.

Bennet, Burr, Harkin, Alexander Release Draft Bill to Improve Safety of Nation’s Drug Supply

Bipartisan senators unveiled a draft bill calling for a uniform standard for drug tracking that would result in an interoperable, unit level drug product tracing.

Doctors-In-Training Spend Very Little Time at Patient Bedside, Study Finds

A recently published Johns Hopkins study finds that medical students are spending just 12 percent of their time with patients and more than 40 percent of their time on the computer. Researchers say residents spend significantly less time with patients now than they did before 2003, when hospitals were first required to limit the number of consecutive working hours for trainees.