Hospital app links emergency docs to EMTs; CMS clarifies Meaningful Use attestation requirements for hospitals;

> Due to a high likelihood of receiving a false-positive result, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have determined that annual mammograms for women are unnecessary. More than 50 percent of women will receive at least one false-positive recall after 10 years of yearly mammograms, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concludes. Article

> Washington Hospital Center has created a new mobile app to connect ED physicians and cardiologists with EMTs in the ambulance, providing real-time data and video streams of patient ECGs and other vital signs. WHC created the new app, CodeHeart, with AT&T for use on smartphones, although they haven't indicated exactly which models the app is enabled for. FierceMobileHealthcare

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance clarifying the attestation requirements for hospitals participating in the electronic health record Medicare incentive program. According to the guidance, released Oct. 17, an eligible hospital is only attesting that what was put in the attestation module is "identical" as what was generated by the hospital's certified EHR system. FierceEMR

> Thanks to mandates that establish administrative cost caps on payers, the customary transaction processes between providers and payers are no longer practical. With that in mind, FierceHealthPayer recently caught up with Jay Eisenstock, manager of Provider eSolutions at Aetna, to learn how "going electronic" has not only simplified administrative transactions at the large insurer but also improved efficiency and reduced expenses. Interview

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