Policy Panel Endorses Proposal To Delay Stage 2 of Meaningful Use
On Wednesday, the Health IT Policy Committee endorsed a recommendation to delay by one year Stage 2 of the meaningful use program for health care providers attesting to Stage 1 this year, Government Health IT reports.
Medicare to Offer More Waivers from E-prescribing Penalty
Physicians who see Medicare patients would have more opportunities to avoid being penalized for failing to prescribe medications electronically by a June 30 deadline under a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As many as 209,000 doctors and other health professionals could be eligible to claim exemptions by Oct. 1.
DPC Submits ACO Comments to CMS
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) recently asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider several provisions regarding the proposed rule for accountable care organizations to ensure that kidney disease patients are not excluded from federal care coordination efforts that have the potential to improve clinical outcomes, increase patients’ quality of life and lower health care costs.
Nephrologists, Critical Care and Emergency Physicians Express an Extremely High Unmet Need in the Area of Acute Kidney Injury, According to a Recent Report from BioTrends
Relative to a number of other conditions in nephrology, acute kidney injury (AKI), previously termed acute renal failure, is considered to be one of the areas of greatest need, according to a recent report from BioTrends. The lack of currently available treatments, the high incidence and the high morality rates are key factors influencing the high perceived need.
Survivors — Dialysis, Immigration, and U.S. Law
Rajeev Raghavan, MD, and Ricardo Nuila, MD discuss the complex ethical and immigration issues surrounding providing emergency dialysis to undocumented workers, in an article in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Transplant Kidneys Are Staying Healthy Longer, Study Reveals
A recently published study—the largest long-term study of its kind—by researchers at the Mayo Clinic brings good news about kidney transplantation.
Editorial: Thinking the Unthinkable on Paying Organ Donors
With demand greatly exceeding supply for life-saving organs, it’s time for the U.S. to consider a legal system of compensation.
Europe E. Coli Is Deadliest Outbreak as Rare Strain Causes Kidney Failure
E. coli that has sickened thousands in Europe has become the deadliest outbreak of the bacteria on record as a rare strain is causing kidney failure in unprecedented numbers, U.S. health officials said.
KEEP Results Show Promise of New Equation
Boosting patient awareness and use of a new equation for measuring glomerular filtration rate are showing early signs of being the cornerstones to the prevention of chronic kidney disease among people at risk for the disease, according to preliminary results from the National Kidney Foundation’s nationwide screening initiative.
Is Social Networking Changing the Face of Medicine?
For women rallying against 2009 mammography proposals, Internet was strategic new tool, expert says.