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    ePolicy News March 2013

    March 01, 2013
    Ready … Set … Sequester …
    As almost everyone knows by now, the Sequester—the $85 billion in across-the-board automatic spending cuts in federal spending—went into effect on March 1. These cuts will affect every sector of the economy, and health care is no exception. While many elected officials in Washington, D.C., have stated publicly they do not support the cuts, Congress does not appear to be poised to reverse these cuts at this time. Many U.S. House Republicans have indicated they are reluctant to reverse the cuts, even if they impose harsh cuts in defense spending. Read more
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    ePolicy News February 2013

    February 01, 2013
    ASCP Urges Changes to Meaningful Use Rules
    On Jan. 14, 2013, ASCP wrote the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, restating the Society’s concerns about the inability of pathologists to meet the Meaningful Use Requirements. ASCP’s letter, sent in response to a proposal outlining draft goals and measures for Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Records’ Meaningful Use Requirements, asserted that the program’s “‘one-size-fits-all’ approach … is neither appropriate nor realistic.” Read more
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    ePolicy News January 2013

    January 02, 2013
    Congress Approves, Obama to Sign Bipartisan Fiscal Cliff Compromise into Law
    Compromise measure provides one-year patch to SGR-mandated cuts to Medicare Physician Reimbursement
    On Jan. 1 at the eleventh hour, the House of Representatives approved the fiscal cliff compromise negotiated by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Read more