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Marc Probst: It feels like Washington isn't listening to us

In part 1 of an exclusive interview with  FierceHealthIT, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talks about ONC's ongoing leadership trials and tribulations, as well as the Meaningful Use program.

Proposed copper plan making headlines

Seven Democrats continue to push for Affordable Care Act reform by introducing a new bill, entitled the Expanded Consumer Choice Act, which introduces copper plans, reports  Vox.

3 reasons why U.S. Ebola patients recover faster than those in West Africa

Medical experts have several theories on why, despite Ebola's devastating body count in West Africa, only one patient with the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in the United States, with all eight other patients treated in U.S hospitals either recovering or still alive, CNN reports.

Could AMA's increased pitch to feds on Meaningful Use backfire?

I think it's fair to say that for the American Medical Association (AMA), the gloves officially are off.

Karen DeSalvo to 'maintain leadership' at ONC, agency says

Just call Karen DeSalvo the once and future National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC, in a Health IT Buzz blog post published Tuesday afternoon, said that DeSalvo, in fact, will not step down as National Coordinator--as the agency announced Oct. 23-- but instead will "maintain her leadership of ONC" while also serving as acting assistant secretary of health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Researchers: Both human error, EHR inadequacies led to Ebola misdiagnosis

A combination of human errors and electronic health record usability issues caused the misdiagnosis of the first Ebola patient in the United States, according to a new article in the online journal  Diagnosis.

MGMA14: Look through the windshield rather than rear view mirror

As I shared last week, I'm reporting on this year's Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) annual meeting from the other side of the country. While I can't say that I miss the long...

AMA to CMS: 'Tsunami of rules' overwhelms doctors, hurts patients

The American Medical Association is doing its utmost to light a fire under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, this time warning CMS about the impending "tsunami of rules and policies" that threaten both physicians and patients.

ONC in disarray? Depends on your vantage point

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT certainly appears to be an agency in disarray. After all, not only will ONC be without its top two officials by the end of next month--with National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo named acting assistant secretary for health at HHS last week and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider announcing he will head back to New York in November--the agency also has lost four other top officials. Since July, it has seen Joy Pritts, Lygeia Ricciardi, Judy Murphy and Doug Fridsma depart.

Going green reduces energy costs, improves overall population health

Because of the negative carbon footprint hospitals leave on the environment due to high energy consumption and the amount of waste they generate, healthcare organizations around the country must work to care for their patients, but the planet, according to an article in  Triple Pundit.