Weekly Nephrology/Health IT News Roundup :: May 4, 2012
Meaningful Use Numbers Grow, but Are Providers Ready for Stage 2?
Although the number of eligible professionals and hospitals registered in the CMS meaningful use incentive program continues to climb, stakeholders are warning that the requirements for Stage 2 are not feasible in light of the fact that more than 80 percent of hospitals haven’t attained Stage 1.
Health IT Break Sought for Docs in Small Practices
The chair of a House subcommittee on health technology has asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to exempt doctors in small practices or those who are nearing retirement from new health IT requirements.
GAO Urges CMS to Tighten Meaningful Use Verification
GAO made four recommendations to CMS this week in order to improve processes to verify whether providers met program requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR programs, including opportunities for efficiencies.
AHA Blasted for ‘Hail Mary Pass’ on Meaningful Use
No sooner had the American Hospital Association submitted its comments on the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use than they came under fire for “spurious” arguments on patient access to online information.
Processed EHR Text Can Be Used to Develop CDS Tools
Processed EHR text can be used to develop Free text in electronic health records, with the help of natural language processing (NLP) technology, can be used to create accurate clinical decision support (CDS) tools
US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialized Nations, but Quality Varies
The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialized countries yet does not provide “notably superior” care, according to a new study. U.S. spending linked to higher prices and greater use of medical technology, not more doctor visits or hospital stays.
Routine Kidney Disease Screening Not Worthwhile
Experts think a mass screening of healthy people would find a lot of kidney disease, but that would only worry people and wouldn’t change their medical care.
Fish Oil Doesn’t Cut Failure Rate of Hemodialysis Grafts
Taking fish-oil supplements does not significantly lower the failure rate of grafts used for hemodialysis, a new study finds. However, kidney patients taking fish-oil supplements had fewer problems with clots, study says.
Facebook Is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status
Facebook announced a plan on Tuesday morning to encourage everyone on Facebook to start advertising their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools — a move that it hopes will create peer pressure to nudge more people to add their names to the rolls of registered organ donors.