Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new regulations this week under Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. The regulations are largely focused on the advanced use of electronic health records (EHR) through interoperability and patient engagement. By 2017, nearly all providers would be required to report on a set of quality measures over a full calendar year in order to earn incentives or avoid payment penalties. Source
• The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), or "doc fix," this week, which would impose automatic 21 percent Medicare reimbursement cuts for providers. Now, the Senate must address the bill before a two-week recess that would overlap with the March 31 deadline. Source
• A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine this week found that lack of communication between hospital clinicians and primary care providers often results in poor care coordination after discharge, and a greater chance of patient readmissions. Some of the challenges that clinicians faced included lack of time, difficulty reaching other clinicians, lack of personal relationships with other clinicians, lack of information feedback, and medication list discrepancies. Source
On The Front Lines:
This week Apple lost a sliver of the mobile device pie to Android, giving up 0.03 percent of pMD's charge capture physician users. In Apple news, CEO Tim Cook explained in a recent interview with Fortune his plan to donate all his wealth, a current net worth of $120 million, to philanthropic projects. “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change,” said Cook.
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.