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E-Health Systems: For Love or Money?
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Healthcare providers are marching toward certification and meaningful use of their electronic health systems and thinking about how they'll spend the financial rewards for doing so. But are they doing it for the love of e-health technology? Or are they doing it because the government is all but forcing them to? [Read More]
January 18, 2011
Editor's Picks
UMC Tucson Fires 3 for Privacy Breaches
University Medical Center in Tucson has fired three clinical support staff members and a contracted nurse for "inappropriately accessing confidential medical records," the hospital reported on its website Wednesday. The records were related to Saturday's shootings at a Tucson supermarket that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- AZ).
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ONC: 4 in 5 Hospitals Will Claim EHR Incentives
Four-fifths of the nation's hospitals and 41% of office-based physicians plan to cash in on as much as $27 billion in federal incentives for adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records technology, according to survey data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. David Blumenthal, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says the survey results show a reversal of the low interest in EHR adoption in previous years, and he credited leaders in the medical community and the federal government for the improved prospects for adoption and use of health information technology. [Read More]

Editorial: High-tech healthcare reform
An editorial in the LA Times admonishes healthcare reform naysayers to remember that the law has helped spur innovation in healthcare technologies, including new medical devices. "We should try to build on that spirit, not repeal the reform law," the author writes. Demand for innovative healthcare technologies is soaring, and companies are responding with a host of new products that can make care less costly and more effective, the author writes?a trend that's been gaining momentum for several years, but it's been helped along by the healthcare law enacted last year. In particular, many new technologies dovetail nicely with incentives to improve efficiency, deliver high-quality care, reduce costs, and promote wellness. [Read More]

Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
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