ONC Delays Start of EHR Permanent Certification Program

The permanent certification program for the meaningful use EHR incentive program will not ring in with the New Year as planned. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has pushed back the start date to summer 2012. The launch of the permanent program, which will replace the temporary program in effect since June 2010, will now coincide with the release of the stage 2 meaningful use final rule and the attendant release of...

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Working to Make RECs Sustainable

The regional extension centers—created through federal grants to help small providers and hospitals select, implement, and use health IT—have several years remaining on their contracts. However, they are already considering business models that would make them self-sustainable long after their federal funding runs out. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which created the program, has always considered the grants as...

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Coding for Carcinoma In Situ of Vocal Cord

Monday Coding Quiz: Identify the diagnosis code(s) for carcinoma in situ of vocal cord (multiple choice).

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RECs on a Mission

A year after opening their doors, the federally sponsored health IT regional extension centers have nearly met their recruitment goals. Now the hard part starts…

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The REC Connection

http://journal.ahima.org/wp-content/uploads/JAHIMA-viola-rec-interview.mp3 Allison Viola, AHIMA director of federal relations, discusses the importance of HIM to the success of the REC mission. The path to meaningful use runs through the HIM department.Meeting the requirements of the federal EHR incentive program requires the contributions of HIM professionals to redesign documentation workflow, implement new health IT systems, and...

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