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EHR incentive programs WEB SITE

The Centers for Medicare & Med- icaid Services (CMS) has launched

the offi cial Web site for the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. This Web site provides the most up-to-date, detailed information about the EHR incentive programs. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certifi ed EHR technology. Visit the offi cial Web site for the Center for Medi- care & Medicaid (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs at www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms to learn about who is eligible for the programs, how to register, meaningful use, upcoming EHR training and events and more.

Allscripts to buy Eclipsys, expand software to share patient records

ACQUISITION

Allscripts-Misys Health- care Solutions Inc. agreed

to buy Eclipsys Corp. for $1.3 billion in stock, creat- ing a software company that will allow U.S. doctors and hospitals to share patients’ records. The acquisi- tion will value each share of Atlanta-based Eclipsys at 1.2 Allscripts shares, meaning a 19 percent premium on the basis of closing prices in NASDAQ composite trading. Misys Plc, the U.K. company that owns 54.6 percent of Chicago-based Allscripts, must sell much of its stake to facilitate the transaction. Last year’s $862 billion U.S. economic stimulus plan allotted about $30 billion for the adoption of electronic medical records to improve patient care and reduce costly errors. Allscripts and Eclipsys will try to capitalize on this new demand, creating a net- work of more than 180,000 doctors, 1,500 hospitals and almost 10,000 nursing homes as clients. Allscripts specializes in information systems for doctors’ offi ces, and Eclipsys provides software to hospitals and health systems. Allscripts Chief Ex- ecutive Offi cer Glen Tullman will be CEO of the combined company. Philip Pead, Eclipsys’s president and CEO, will be chairman, working on client and strategic relationships, the companies said. The board will initially include directors from both Eclipsys and Allscripts, and the transaction will close in about four to six months. (Bloomberg)

www.healthmgttech.com

Microsoft helps leading health organizations prepare for ICD-10

ICD-10

Microsoft Corp. announced that multiple payer, provider and partner organizations, including Molina Healthcare Inc., EmblemHealth, Edifecs, Evolute, Neudesic LLC, The TriZetto Group Inc. and Washington Publishing Company are standardizing on Microsoft’s integrated, standards-based platform, with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 at the core, to support HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 compliance. The platform also enables health plans to reduce costs and accelerate and automate processes and work fl ows to achieve administrative simplifi cation.

EVENTS July

Summer Health IT Summit, July 27-28, Denver, Colo.,

“Adoption, Implementation, and Meaningful Use” - This hosted event brings together C-level, physician, practice management and IT decision-makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices.

www.ihealthtran.com/summerhit.html

The World 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Wireless Health, July 29-July 30, Boston, Mass., will provide insight into the revenue potential of incorporating new wireless technology applications into the care delivery model.

www.worldcongress.com/wireless

PUBLICATIONS

Successfully Choosing Your EMR – 15 Crucial Decisions by Arthur Gasch and Betty Gasch of Medical Strategic Planing Inc., discusses critical steps in selecting and deploying EMRs in your healthcare organization. It provides insights in leveraging ARRA/HiTech, Meaningful Use, CPOE and other interoperability standards.

www.wiley-blackwell.com HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY July 2010 5

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