AMA calls for chanes to e-prescription penalty requirements; 28,000 providers enrolled in HIT extension centers;

> With Medicare penalties looming in 2012 even as providers gear up for difficult, pricey EMR implementations, the AMA and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies have asked HHS to ease its requirements for e-prescribing. Article

> Sixty-two regional health IT extension centers from around the nation have recruited more than 28,000 physicians with a goal of helping those doctors to overcome electronic health record hurdles to meet meaningful use standards, Government HealthIT reports. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a goal of helping more than 100,000 providers. Article

> Free web-based EMR company Practice Fusion will donate $1 to Doctors Without Borders for each new sign-up as part of its Care for the Holidays drive. Press release

> American Medical Software announced that American Medical Software-EMR v22 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Press release

And Finally... Better late than never, I suppose. Article