MU Has Led to Digital Divide

A study of New York providers participating in the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program found “systematic differences” between early adopters of EHRs and those who did not use EHRs before implementation of the program.

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Lawmakers to CMS: Create an ICD-10 Contingency Plan

An ICD-10 contingency plan is needed in case the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is unable to process the new codes, members of Congress said in a letter to Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

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How much does IR improve low-dose CT imaging quality? It depends on the scanner

Iterative reconstruction (IR) makes it possible to reduce radiation dosage without a reduction in imaging quality in low-contrast CT examinations, but its effectiveness varies with different doses and vendors, according to study results published online May 19 in the journal Radiology.

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AMA chief throws support behind bill to delay ICD-10, says US should wait for ICD-11

ICD-10 should not only be delayed, but scrapped, said Steven Stack, the incoming president of the American Medical Association, throwing his organization’s support behind a bill by Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe delaying its rollout.  “We support Rep. Poe’s bill,” he said. “We strongly support that.”  Instead, Stack said the United States should wait to change its diagnostic medical coding system until the implementation of ICD-11, Stack said.

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