CMS clarifies public health reporting objective for 2015; AAFP tool enables docs to ask Congress to pause MU Stage 3;

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> Electronic health records are the biggest reason for physician dissatisfaction and burnout, according to Christine Sinsky, M.D., vice president of professional satisfaction for the American Medical Association. About 70 percent to 80 percent of doctors' output can be categorized as "waste," she said at a recent event in San Francisco, according to The Hospitalist. One of the ways to improve the situation is for more physicians to use scribes, she said. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) regarding public health reporting in the Meaningful Use program for 2015. CMS will allow alternative exclusions for the public health reporting objective. The requirements will vary based on whether the provider is attesting to Stage 1 or Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. FAQ

> The American Academy of Family Physicians is the latest organization to launch a vehicle for physicians to contact their congressional representatives about problems with EHRs. The focus of AAFP's "speak out" tool is for Congress to "pause" Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. The initiative is similar to those created by the American Medical Association and EHR vendor athenahealth to enable doctors to share their experiences about EHRs and the incentive program with policymakers. Website

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> The chief executive officer of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has argued that Medicare's current structure for managing patient readmissions penalizes hospitals that treat the poorest patients. Article

> The Dartmouth-Hitchcock accountable care organization (ACO) was a substantial money-saver for the Medicare program, but it turned out to bleed red ink for one of New England's most prominent hospital systems. That is a dilemma that ACO operators and the CMS will likely have to work out in the coming years. Article   

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> Although the government has tried to reach out to individuals who did not file proper tax returns, scores of people are still at risk of losing their health insurance subsidies because of this issue. Article

And Finally... The poor dog! Article