ONC releases agenda for annual meeting; Meaningful Use attestation deadline looms for hospitals;

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> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced its agenda for its annual meeting, to be held Feb. 2-3, 2015, in the District of Columbia. The first day will consist of plenary sessions, with keynotes and panel discussions and a fireside chat with former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist. The second day will be a shared learning day organized by the themes of "collect," "share" and "use," and will include a discussion with present and past national coordinators. Website

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued another reminder to eligible hospitals that the new deadline for attesting for Meaningful Use in the Medicare incentive program for the 2014 reporting period is Dec. 31. The original deadline had been Nov. 30. Deadlines for hospitals participating in the Medicaid incentive program may differ. Website

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> There are distinct challenges to being part of a medical marriage for physicians as well as their family members, especially around the holidays, but there are strategies all parties can use to maintain harmony. Article

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> As the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare landscape shifts, the job of chief financial officers becomes more complex, and effective CFOs must have a few key traits. Article

> Even if a hospital succeeds in cutting readmissions, it could still experience steep financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a new report by the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness. Article

And Finally... May the force be with you this holiday season. Article

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