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This Week in Health Care: ESRD Program, Diagnostic Errors, and EHR Updates

Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:

• Medicare launched Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC), a new accountable care organization (ACO) model centered on patients who receive dialysis for end-stage renal disease. Under the new model, participating facilities will coordinate care for ESRD patients by forming organizations which will be financially accountable for Medicare spending and patient outcomes. The model is designed to encourage dialysis providers to use a more patient-centered approach for more effective and efficient care. Source

• A new report by the Institute of Medicine found that people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, including an incorrect or delayed diagnosis. The study calls for better collaboration and widespread commitment to improve diagnostic accuracy among health care professionals, health care organizations, patients, researchers, and policy makers. Source

• CMS and ONC released the final rules for the EHR Incentive Programs this week, which include significant changes to the current criteria and will ease reporting requirements for providers. Providers and hospitals have until Jan. 1 2018 to comply with the requirements under Stage 3 Meaningful Use using a certified EHR. Those who choose to report in 2017 will now have a 90-day reporting period. Source

On The Front Lines:

Apple has been on a hot streak since the release of the iPhone 6s, gaining 0.03 percent of the mobile device market this week among pMD's charge capture physician users. The new highly acclaimed Steve Jobs movie may have ignited even more excitement around Apple and is releasing this weekend in select markets.


iOS: 90.16%
Android: 9.84%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.