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Propper Manufacturing Company hosts inaugural ANAE Regional Meeting
Propper Manufacturing Company (Long Island City, N.Y.) recently hosted the inaugural Regional Meeting of the Association of National Account Executives (ANAE). “Hosting a meeting for an organization whose mission is focused on professional development for corporate and national account executives was a great opportunity to discuss various changes that are taking place throughout the healthcare industry,” Propper said in a release.

The meeting focused on changes in supply chain management and the data-driven approach required for success in the era of healthcare reform. Propper President & CEO Joe Looney discussed the value of what a made-in-the-USA, New York based manufacturing company adds to successful supply chain management and ultimately end user satisfaction. Carlos Maceda, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Mount Sinai Medical Center, offered insights with a presentation examining his progressive supply chain management approach.

For additional information on ANAE’s upcoming regional meetings, contact Alicia O’Donnell at aodonnell@mdsi.org. For information regarding ANAE membership, please contact Austin Edwards at aedwards@mdsi.org. For information about hosting a healthcare event in the NYC area at the Propper Manufacturing Company office contact marketing@proppermfg.com


CMS says few hospitals, docs at Stage 2 meaningful use
CMS (Baltimore, MD) officials say only four hospitals have achieved Stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) seven months into the reporting period for hospitals enrolled in the federal EHR incentive-payment program. Of the physicians and other eligible professionals, who are four months into their reporting year, only 50 have attested to Stage 2 meaningful use. The repercussions for failing to achieve Stage 2 in the allotted time period include loss of incentive payments and incurring a one percent reduction in future Medicare reimbursements. The biggest drawback seems to be the ability of patients to view, download, and transmit EHR information, which is an essential part of Stage 2. For physicians and other professionals who have previously attested to meaningful use, 83 percent are using EHRs that likely can be upgraded to a 2014 edition EHR without needing to switch vendors. Of those that have attested previously, five percent of hospitals and 17 percent of physicians and other eligible professionals are currently using systems that do not have a 2014 certified-base EHR product.