30 Nov '12, 4pm

US Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Vulnerable to Abuse: Health and Human Services inspector general w...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general (IG) released a report this week that stated that the U.S. electronic health record (EHR) incentive program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS ) is “vulnerable” to fraud. The IG says that CMS “has not implemented strong prepayment safeguards” to keep healthcare providers from claiming that they are meeting the meaningful use standard required, and CMS’s “ability to safeguard incentive payments postpayment [i.e., conduct audits] is also limited.” As I noted a few weeks ago, CMS has already paid out over US $7 billion since January 2011 to over 100 000 healthcare providers claiming to meet federal EHR meaningful use standards . To get the incentive payment, healthcare providers in essence self-certify (“self-attest”) to the CMS that they meet the standards. However, the IG says,...

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edn.com 29 Nov '12, 5pm

An IBM supercomputer has achieved a new milestone toward DARPA's vision - as called for in its Systems of Neuromorphic Ada...

Fracking in Michigan: U-M Researchers Study Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy @gbelements

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greenbuildingelements.com 30 Nov '12, 2am

University of Michigan researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal effects of ...

Indonesia's Tin Mines are a Health Nightmare

Indonesia's Tin Mines are a Health Nightmare

treehugger.com 30 Nov '12, 2pm

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wordstorunby.com 30 Nov '12, 6pm

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icann.org 29 Nov '12, 11am

The Board set a precedent for this request regarding IGO names with its resolution adopted on 13 September, which requeste...