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Proposed policy and payment changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2015

CMS’s proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule expands reimbursable telehelath services, adds language requiring 2014 Edition EHR adoption for physicians providing chronic disease management, and introduces a bonus structure to the ACO program that further incentivizes quality improvements.

VistA for NHS’ ready for trusts

Responding to the NHS’s call for more open source EHR solutions, General Dynamics and Medsphere team up to introduce an anglicized version of the VA’s VistA EHR in England. The team has been at work since the end of 2013 and is now prospecting for its first UK customers.

Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

In Europe, 130 prominent neuroscientists are threatening to boycott the $2 billion Human Brain Project funded by the European Commission because they say that the project’s scope is too narrow and limits research topics to those that support HBP’s goal of mapping the human nervous system and creating a computer model of the human brain.

ONC 2014 Edition Test Method

The ONC has updated the test procedures and test data used by vendors when seeking 2014 Edition EHR certification. The changes address automated measure calculation and automated numerator recording for measures that have percentage-based thresholds.

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