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OIG: Massachusetts overpaid Medicaid EHR incentives to hospitals

Massachusetts overpaid hospitals for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program by $2.1 million over a two-year period from 2011 through the end of 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Why we should give thanks for Meaningful Use

As the editor of FierceEMR, I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.

UCSB grads develop homegrown EHR to treat the homeless

A nonprofit outreach group that provides medical care to the homeless in Santa Barbara, California, has developed its own mobile electronic health record to help them treat patients.

Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program.

CMS extends MU hospital attestation deadline to Dec. 31

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken yet another measure to throw a lifeline to providers struggling with Meaningful Use attestation, this time extending the attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the 2014 reporting year to Dec. 31, 2014.

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A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.