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Meaningful Use Exemption Release

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CMS has published the new process for filing exemptions for the 2017 EHR Incentive Program Payment Adjustment. Read about how it has changed!

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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

Published: Monday, November 9, 2015

CAA President, Cathie Biga, and CAA's new Executive Director, Kelsey Reichert, collaborated on an article published in this month's Cardiac Interventions Today.  To read the article please follow the provided link

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Advocacy vs. Apathy

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Over my 33 year career I have witnessed an unimaginable change in the practice of medicine. The certainty of where and how we practiced, relationships with the hospitals, the satisfaction in utilizing the skills which we learned as fellows, were all predictable.

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Texas Congressman: More Doctors Needed in Congress

Published: Monday, September 29, 2014

ROLL CALL - Rep. Michael C. Burgess has a new goal: Bring more doctors to Congress. Burgess, who is a doctor himself, is redirecting his Lone Star Leadership PAC to focus on helping doctors — and other health care professionals, such as nurses and hospital administrators, Burgess half-begrudgingly notes — become lawmakers.

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Ellmers Introduces the Flex-IT Act

Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

H.R. 5481 Will Provide Flexibility for Health Care Providers Who Face Burdensome Restrictions and Fines Due to Harsh Health IT Reporting Requirements

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Bill Would Cut 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period To 90 Days

Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bipartisan legislation introduced late this afternoon would shorten the 2015 reporting period for the federal Meaningful Use electronic health records (EHR) incentive program from a full year to just 90 days, matching the 2014 requirement.

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Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
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