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AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.

AMA CEO Madara talks about EHRs, redesigning practices

AMA CEO Madara talks about EHRs, redesigning practices

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 17, 2015

Dr. James Madara has served as executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association since 2011. Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks recently talked with Madara about re-engineering physician practices, the regulation of telemedicine practice and why the AMA opposes...

National action needed to advance telemedicine

National action needed to advance telemedicine

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 17, 2015

Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs.

Supreme Court case could spur more fraud suits

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 10, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday that some legal experts say could lead to more healthcare fraud lawsuits and extend the statute of limitations.

Outlook 2015: Health IT

Outlook 2015: Health IT

By Joseph Conn  |  January 03, 2015

Health IT developers and users in 2015 will need to crack the code on APIs, FHIR, DS4P, 42 CFR Part 2, ICD-10 and Stage 2 MU—shorthand for the key technology challenges looming in the year ahead.

A holiday wish list for healthcare

A holiday wish list for healthcare

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 20, 2014

The holiday season is a time when we count our blessings and shower gifts on those we love. It's also the time when we vow to do better in the coming year.

Providers decry imposing EHR penalties in 2015

By Joseph Conn  |  December 20, 2014

A CMS announcement last week that many doctors and hospitals will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks' get the JAMA treatment

Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks' get the JAMA treatment

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 20, 2014

Nighthawks,” Edward Hopper's famous 1942 painting, has been the subject of numerous tributes and parodies. “Simpsons” characters, superheroes and the “Star Trek” cast have all taken a seat at Hopper's all-night diner.

Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

By Paul Demko  |  November 15, 2014

Healthcare lobbyists are hoping that Capitol Hill and the White House will find time to settle some long-standing problems like permanently fixing the physician pay schedule during Congress' four-week lame-duck session.

E-cigarettes continue to draw in young smokers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 14, 2014

New government data released Thursday about tobacco use finds electronic cigarette use among high school students is on the rise, prompting calls for tougher regulation by medical organizations and anti-smoking advocates.

AMA rejects effort to strip Dr. Emanuel of ethics honor

AMA rejects effort to strip Dr. Emanuel of ethics honor

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 11, 2014

An effort to strip Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of a 2013 honor was voted down by the American Medical Association House of Delegates during its interim meeting in Dallas Monday amid controversy about Emanuel's recent article in the Atlantic saying he'd prefer to die at 75.

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