Online appointment scheduling grows in popularity; Middle Tennessee Medical Center seeking buyer for old complex;

> Quality Improvement Organizations, which contract with CMS, need to improve oversight of budgeting and spending because CMS lacks guidelines on how much data should be recorded during quality reviews, according to a Government Accountability Office report (.pdf), FierceGovernmentIT reports. Article

> Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass., plans to build a new general services building, expand an inpatient unit and renovate its ambulatory surgery suite with the help of a $23 million tax-exempt bond from the state finance and development authority, Boston Business Journal reports. Article

> The nonprofit California Pacific Medical Center has expanded efforts to reach out to women in jail, offering transportation to the hospital for free mammograms and free care, which includes the cost of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation if cancer is discovered, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Article

> Middle Tennessee Medical Center seeks a new buyer for its old Murfreesboro facility, the Tennessean reports. It will cost $1.2 million a year to maintain the complex of five buildings and a parking garage. Article

> Online appointment scheduling is becoming more popular, FierceHealthIT reports. About 16 percent of family doctor used online scheduling in 2009, up from 6 percent of doctors in 2005. FierceHealthIT

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