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New Deadline For Medicare EHR Bonus Appeals

And, in an interview, Medscape explores how medical technology is changing the practice of medicine. 

Medscape: Deadline Extended For Appealing Medicare EHR Bonus
Physicians who believe they were incorrectly denied a Medicare bonus for using an electronic health record (EHR) system last year have a few more weeks to appeal their case. Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending the deadline for such eligibility appeals from March 31 to April 30. In 2011, CMS began paying bonuses to physicians and other clinicians who demonstrated "meaningful use" of an EHR system (Lowes, 4/13). 

Medscape: Topol On The Creative Destruction Of Medicine
In this episode of Medscape One-on-One, Dr. John Reed interviews Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, about how technology is changing medicine, making diagnosis and treatment faster, better, and more accurate. Topol says that cutting-edge medical technology, coupled with everyday devices like smartphones and tablets, is empowering physicians and patients alike (4/13).

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