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Providers, associations react to Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rule
FierceHealthIT - Friday, August 24, 2012 5:23:56 PM

Reaction from healthcare providers and associations alike has been pouring in following the publication of the final rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While hospital executives like Drex DeFord, CIO of Boston-based Steward Health Care, haven't had even 24... more

Feds delay ICD-10 medical coding deadline for one year
Computerworld - Friday, August 24, 2012 8:06:00 PM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the finalization of a rule that will delay by one year the deadline for healthcare providers to implement the ICD-10 medical coding system.... more

Glucose-monitoring material can use saliva, tears, urine
FierceHealthIT - Friday, August 24, 2012 2:15:39 PM

A new material for glucose monitoring can detect minute levels from saliva, tears and urine, promising yet another way to eliminate finger pricks for diabetics.

The research from Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Though previous... more

AHRQ extends deadline for quality-measurement comments
FierceHealthIT - Friday, August 24, 2012 3:52:22 PM

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has extended until Sept. 21 the deadline for its request for information on how to harness health IT to better measure the quality of healthcare.

The RFI, originally published in the Federal Register on July 20, solicits suggestions from health IT... more

AHA: Reduce administrative burden from rural broadband program
FierceHealthIT - Friday, August 24, 2012 3:55:13 PM

The American Hospital Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to simplify the application and reporting requirements for its Rural Health Care Pilot Program to make it more accessible to small hospitals.

Earlier this month, the FCC declared the $415 million broadband pilot, launched in 2006, a success. It... more

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[$$] Hope Grows for a Muscular Dystrophy Drug
Yahoo! News - Saturday, August 25, 2012 10:20:26 AM
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Arena Is Poised To Move
Yahoo! News - Saturday, August 25, 2012 10:21:19 AM
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Va. man pleads guilty in $15M bank fraud case
Topix - Saturday, August 25, 2012 9:34:54 AM

UPS is restructuring pension liabilities for about 10,200 of its workers, and will book related costs of nearly $900 million in the third ... more

Quantitative criteria for improving performance of buccal DNA for high-throughput genetic analysis
BioMed Central - Saturday, August 25, 2012 7:23:12 AM
Background: DNA from buccal brush samples is being used for high-throughput analyses in a variety of applications, but the impact of sample type on genotyping success and downstream statistical analysis remains unclear. The objective of the current study was to determine laboratory predictors of genotyping failure among buccal DNA samples, and... more

Sampling issues in quantitative analysis of dendritic spines morphology
BioMed Central - Saturday, August 25, 2012 7:23:08 AM
Background: Quantitative analysis of changes in dendritic spine morphology has become an interesting issue in contemporary neuroscience.However, the diversity in dendritic spines population might seriously influence the results of measurements in which their morphology is studied,the detection of differences in spine morphology between control and test group is often compromised by... more

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