GOP Doctors Caucus urges delay of MU Stage 3, blanket hardship exception for Stage 2

The GOP Doctors Caucus has weighed in against the Meaningful Use program, sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging that Stage 3 of the program be delayed and a blanket hardship waiver exception be granted for Stage 2.

Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on...

Epic refutes Mother Jones' accusations on lack of interoperability

Electronic health record vendor Epic Systems has written a letter to the editor of Mother Jones magazine refuting statements made in a story published by the latter about Epic products' lack of interoperability with other EHR systems.

DoD: Joint legacy viewer provides 'interoperability' with VA

The Department of Defense claims to have met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act.

HIMSS, EHRA urge caution by CMS when structuring MIPS, alternative payment models

More stakeholders have weighed in on the structure of the Merit Based Incentive Program System and alternative payment models, with the Electronic Health Records Association and the Health Information Management and Systems Society both expressing concern about over-burdensome requirements.


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The consequences of physician burnout extend beyond the health of doctors themselves to the quality of care they provide. It's not just a personal issue of work-life balance, but rather a professional issue that affects patient outcomes, and therefore physician practices, as well. Options have begun to emerge for those seeking to stem the tide.


While primary care providers are increasingly reaping the benefits of integrated mental health, logistical challenges can make it difficult for practices to offer both resources onsite. Enter "telemental health." A cousin of telehealth, virtual consults with mental health professionals can offer patients convenient and effective help for problems such as anxiety and depression as part of comprehensive primary care, according to an article from  The Washington Post.