Weekly Nephrology/Health IT News Roundup :: March 9, 2012

CMS to Host March 12 Call on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements
A CMS-hosted call on March 12 will provide an overview of the proposed rule so HER providers can learn how to receive EHR incentive payments.


First Look at the Next Stage of Meaningful Use
Proposed federal rules outline how physicians, starting in 2014, will pursue EMR adoption bonuses and avoid Medicare penalties.


Stage 2 Meaningful Use NPRM Moves Toward Patient-Centered Care Through Wider Use of EHRs
CMS proposes new rules that it says will encourage even more providers to participate and support more coordinated, patient-centered care.


Experts: Meaningful Use Stage 2 Could Put an End to Patient Data-Hoarding
A panel of experts weigh in on Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, saying it may do more than spur the adoption of EHRs and the growth of health information exchange (HIE, changing the way that providers regard their patient records.


Survey Reveals Gaps in Nephrologists’ Training
Two surprising facts were revealed in the largest published survey of U.S. nephrologists regarding care people with kidney failure receive.


Preventing CKD is Not as Difficult as One Might Think…Medical APP “My Blood Works” is a Great Start
People with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease can now track their kidney function with a new iPhone app, in an effort to prevent CKD.


New Transplant Method May Allow Kidney Recipients to Live Life Free of Anti-Rejection Medication
New research suggests organ transplant recipients may not require immunosuppressive drugs in the future thanks to the power of stem cells.


‘Spice’ Drug Tied to Kidney Failure Cases in Wyoming
Three young people have been hospitalized with kidney failure and a dozen others sickened in Casper, Wyoming, in an outbreak linked to a batch of the designer drug Spice.

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