Medicare, Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments surpass $9 billion; Lost device contained info on 1,800 patients;

> Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments surpassed the $9 billion mark in November, Government Health IT reports. More than 177,000 physicians and hospitals have received roughly $9.245 billion since the start of the program. Officials expect that dollar amount to reach $10 billion by year's end. Article

> More than 1,800 patients were impacted by the loss of an unencrypted mobile device at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Clinical Innovation+Technology reports. The device, which school officials learned was missing on Oct. 5, contained information on patients receiving home infusion services, as well as patients referred to the medical center's Continuum Home Infusion unit between August 2007 and September 2012. Article

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has launched a mobile app challenge requiring participants to create a tool that can improve health consumers' decisions by taking advantage of prevention and wellness information on its website. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2013. Announcement

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