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Changes to Deadlines for Stage Two – Meaningful Use in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, health care professionals and hospitals may qualify for incentive payments when they adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health records (“EHR") under a three stage process. More >

Here Comes the Sun, Are you Prepared? – Tips for Navigating the New Sunshine Provisions

The Sunshine Act was legislated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) to reduce the risk of inappropriate financial incentives interfering with medical judgment and patient care by enhancing the transparency of financial relationships between certain health care providers (i.e. physicians and teaching hospitals) and manufacturers of covered drugs and devices.  Because these relationships are being scrutinized now more than ever, those involved in clinical research with manufacturers of drug and device companies   may find the following these general guidelines  helpful in avoiding  risks of non-compliance and legal complications: . More >

THE “WILD WILD WEST” OF SMS

SMS text messaging is quickly becoming the preferred method of communication for many people who find it a quick and convenient way to share information with friends, family and, increasingly, with colleagues.  This is true in the health care space as well with patients increasingly using text messaging to communicate with providers and to receive health-related reminders and updates, including for health care appointments, medication therapies and health news.  For example, anyone can text the word HEALTH to 87000 and begin receiving text messages from the Center for Disease Control regarding emergency alerts, new research and reports, as well as health information and tips. More >

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