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The $44,000 Question for Ambulatory Providers

By Judy Hanover – 6 Comments

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provides about $20 billion in funding for healthcare IT, including incentive payments to physicians who implement and use eligible electronic medical records under the conditions laid out in the law.


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Stark Opportunities

By Judy Hanover

Depending on whether you consider the relaxation of the Stark anti-kickback rule to have begun with the HHS rule change in August 2006, or the IRS ruling in May 2007 that clarified the tax implications for non-profit hospitals, the rule change has been in place for about two years. The rule change allowed hospitals to subsidize up to 85% of EMR application and implementation costs for community and affiliated physicians, and was expected to accelerate the adoption of EMRs by community physicians for use wit


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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) signed by President Obama A national health information network where the electronic medical records for all Americans could be exchanged makes ardent privacy advocates very nervous.  In the 400-plus page document the only reference to "opt out" concerns opting out of receiving fund raising communications from organizations that meet the definition of a health operation.  Despite this seemingly glaring oversight, there are other provisions


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The Economic Stimulus Package and Healthcare Payers By Janice Young   Within the economic stimulus package signed this week by President Obama is reportedly $1 billion for comparative-effectiveness research, with another billion going toward clinical preventive services and community-based prevention programs, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House. In addition, nearly $20 billion is reportedly included for investment in health information technology, with HHS receiving $50 million for inf


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    Jonas Knudsen says:
    HI, Yes I do. At least in western Europe, there is a growing trend to apply IoT technologies as the main infrastructure to handle compliance with traceability regulations. That is, for smart pharmacy, drugs, instrument tracking from sterile services department (SSD) to the operation rooms and back etc. That also adreesses the need for automation,…
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    guy weiss says:
    Jonas, don' you think that the architecture adopted to address traceability regulation could easily be replaced by IOT solutions. Main drivers: less implementation costs, no packaging line performance decrease, no additional cost for aggregation, and of course interconnexion with smart phone app.
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