mHealth Alliance moving to South Africa in 2014; Masimo, Newborn foundation start mHealth initiative;

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> The mHealth Alliance has announced that it plans to transition its base of operations in 2014 from the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. to South Africa. "This move reflects the Alliance's natural evolution to engage in projects and initiatives that focus on specific countries or regions, while still maintaining the powerful global voice it has cultivated through its relationship with the UN Foundation," states the announcement. Currently, the mHealth Alliance's membership includes nearly 300 organizations from 59 countries. Article

> In advance of the 2013 mHealth Summit, Masimo, the Irvine, Calif.-based developer of noninvasive monitoring technologies, jointly announced a mobile health initiative with the Washington, D.C.-based Newborn Foundation to reduce global newborn mortality. The BORN Project--Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborns--is the first global health initiative to reduce infant mortality through earlier detection of illness, disease and congenital birth defects through access to mobile-enabled technology that measures blood-oxygen levels in newborns. Article

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> Preventable readmissions for Medicare patients are on the decline as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a blog post from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. After remaining consistently at 19 percent from 2007 to 2011, readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries fell to 18.4 percent in 2012, representing 70,000 fewer readmissions. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reversed its position on the timeline for implementing the Meaningful Use incentive program, and will propose an extension of Stage 2 through 2016 and beginning Stage 3 in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two years in Stage 2.  Article

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