CSC Survey: US Hospitals Only 50% Compliant with Meaningful Use Criteria for EHRs

According to CSC survery titled “Are Hospitals Ready for Meaningful Use of EHRs?” U.S. hospitals are only half way to qualifying for incentive payments for adopting electronic health records (EHRs). Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), hospitals will receive Medicare and Medicaid payments starting in October 2010 for implementing and using EHRs.  The government’s...

Al Gordon: ARRA Saves States from Deeper Dive

Though state officials have faced difficult choices as they struggle to finalize 2010 budgets across the country, it’s clear the task would have been even more grim without a crucial infusion of federal money.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as dire as the states’ fiscal condition is – with dramatic revenue downturns leading in some cases to unprecedented service...

States Put Bulk of Discretionary Stimulus Spending into Public Safety Projects

Al Gordon of NSI reports: “While the bulk of stimulus funding earmarked for state recovery efforts comes with conditions, a small amount comes with the freedom for officials to do with what they please.  According to a recent report published by the Council of State Governments, states are spending $8.8 billion in discretionary funding in the State Fiscal Stabilization funds on various efforts....

Qwest to Stop Wireless Service on October 31

Qwest International Inc. will stop providing wireless phone service on Oct. 31, as the company seeks to exit from the wireless business.  Last year, the company began transitioning its wireless customer base to Verizon Wireless, and last month, Qwest said that over 75% of its wireless customer base had migrated to the Verizon Wireless network.  Last week, Qwest announced it would not compete...

Qwest Communicaitons to Pass on First Round of Broadband Stimulus Bidding

Qwest Communications International Inc. has stated that it will not offer any bids for the first round of a $7.2 billion rural broadband stimulus program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The company is abstaining from the program, designed to expand the reach of high-speed Internet to remote areas, because it says participating in the program under its current rule structure...

CSC Receives GHA Contract

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) has awarded CSC with a contract to help them meet “meaningful use” standards to receive the federal incentive payments outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA)… LinkedInShareTweet+1E-mail

Maine, Nebraska, Michigan, and Washington Create Health Information Exchange Networks

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