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BOSTON—Opportunities to engage patients using health IT in emergency departments are not being taking advantage of nearly as often as they should, according to the panelists of a Sept. 16 presentation at the 2012 Medicine 2.0 Congress.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is invested in the Standards and Interoperability Framework, a collaborative initiative to develop standards for health information exchange, but the journey to completely interconnected devices will be a long one, according to the speakers of a Sept. 13 National eHealth Collaborative webinar.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up to expand access to healthcare for veterans living in rural areas. Private hospitals and clinics are joining VA facilities in the collaboration supported by nearly $1 million in grants.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced the recipient of its state advocacy award. Edward W. Marx was named the winner of the group's fourth annual award.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released a web-based game to help providers learn about best security practices for health IT.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that nearly $50 million will be invested in public health workforce development.

Five organizations have been authorized to approve EHRs through the permanent certification program for health IT.

Healthcare stakeholders offer contradictory notions of the direction of their business. Most believe current business models are sustainable even though economic and legislative trends point in a different direction, according to a recent KPMG survey.

A quartet of life science trade associations encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish a final rule implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would require pharmaceutical, medical device, biological and medical supply manufacturers to report payments made to providers and teaching hospitals to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has lowered its healthcare spending estimates for 2013 to 2022. An Aug. 22 report projects Medicaid and Medicare spending will be $494 billion less than a March estimate had predicted.