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Senate Approves SGR and ICD-10 Delay

By a vote of 64 to 35, the U.S. Senate on Monday, March 31 approved legislation that includes a provision to delay the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. The so-called "Doc-Fix" bill also suspends Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that would have cut the physician reimbursement rate this year by nearly 24 percent. Congress had until Monday to pass the legislation that averts the payment cut and further delays Medicare cuts to physicians until April 1, 2015. In addition, the bill further delays enforcement of the Medicare two-midnight payment policy for hospitals until March 2015. The Senate conducted a straight “up or down” roll call vote on the

Free EHR Educational Series

In June of 2012 Stratis Health and the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a survey which indicated that approximately 67% of chiropractic clinics had not implemented EHR. ChiroCare, Stratis Health, the State of Minnesota - Minnesota Department of Health, Best Practices Academy and others recognized the urgent need to assist providers with EHR implementation and formed the Minnesota Chiropractic Health Information Technology Taskforce (MNCHIT) to work together to launch an EHR educational program. MNCHIT is providing this educational service to help implement secure and standardized EHR for Minnesota chiropractors, and thus enabling improvement in patient safety, health care efficiency and quality of individual and public health. This program addresses cost and time barriers, hardware upgrades, benefits, return on investment and

A Sign of Primary Care?

A recent study conducted at National University of Health Sciences reviewed the prevalence of nonmusculoskeletal versus musculoskeletal cases cared for in their student clinics. Those treated only for musculoskeletal conditions totaled 52% of the patients; 48% of the patients were treated for nonmusculoskeletal conditions, or musculoskeletal plus nonmusculoskeletal conditions. This comparison suggests to NUHS that it is nearing its institutional goal of training its student interns as primary care practitioners.   Prevalence of nonmusculoskeletal versus musculoskeletal cases in a chiropractic student clinic. Hodges BR, Cambron JA, Klein RM, Madigan DM. J Chiropr Educ. 2013 Fall;27(2):123-127

Will EHR Companies Make the Second Cut for Stage 2?

There has been a large drop in the number of E HR companies who are ready for the Stage 2 menaingful use.  2011 marked the Stage 1 meaningful use requirements and more than anticipated amount of vendors achieved this stage of development in their clinical record systems. But with the more stringent requirements set forth in Stage 2, will there be a shake-out of products? So far just 79 vendors have certified systems ready for the mandatory Stage 2 standards set to go into effect in 2014. “This is just the beginning of the shakeout,” said Dr. David Brailer, founder and CEO of Health Evolution Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm and former head of the Office of the National

Heavy Traffic to Blame for HHS Exchange Site Issues

Due to having 5 times more visitors than usual with one million visits before 7am opening day, the exchange has still experienced difficulties in operating. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated the agency was anticipating issues and has asked for patience. She stressed October 1 was the beginning of the launch, not the end of anything. The 6 month period of time allowed should be ample time for awareness and education of the public. Read more about it here:

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