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• Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced that the agency will roll out a new "Meaningful Measures" initiative. This initiative will streamline quality measures and move away from fee-for-service models, allowing providers themselves to assess core issues surrounding high-quality care and the improvement of patient outcomes. Read More
• A new study recently found that stent procedures, most often used to relieve chest pain in patients who have blocked arteries, are virtually useless to many of them. The findings raise questions about how often stents should be used, if at all, to treat chest pain. Read More
• The future of personalized patient care is not in the hands of an EHR but that of apps. It's no secret that many EHRs lack usability and data integration functionality, which could eventually lead to their demise. EHRs aren't designed for treating patients. The problem is that EHR vendors have to engineer their products in a way that meets the government's criteria for meaningful use but at the expense of usable, exciting software. Early-adopter hospitals are already working on building their own apps to transform the future of personalized care. Read More
• On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama took to twitter to urge people to shop for Affordable Care Act health insurance. He encourages people to log on to the federal insurance exchange and sign up for coverage for next year. Read More
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