- heart, cardiology, cardiac

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care providers in 12 states to improve heart health, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

 - vote

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calling for several important changes to the proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 that it deemed too ambitious. The organization also lent its overwhelming support for a corresponding CMS proposal that would shorten the reporting period from a full year to any continuous 90-day period.

 - Group

athenahealth has welcomed three new companies to its More Disruption Please (MDP) program.

 - Minnesota

Some private practice providers in Minnesota now have the option to opt out of a state requirement to install and implement an EHR system by the beginning of this year.

 - Capitol Hill, Congress

Pats on the back abounded after Thursday’s bipartisan, 51-0 greenlighting of the 21st Century Cures Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sending the measure to the House floor for consideration by the full chamber. But the enthusiasm wasn’t unanimous over every provision among stakeholders who actually work in healthcare.