Healthcare News June 19, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House passes late-term abortion ban

    The House approved a national late-term abortion ban Tuesday in the strongest congressional move against abortion rights since 2003. The bill from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) garnered 228 “yea” votes, including six from Democrats. Opposing the measure were 196 members, including six Republicans. At least one GOP member had vowed to oppose the bill because it includes exceptions for some rape and incest victims.

    The Senate is expected to ignore the bill, which would ban abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy on the disputed premise that fetuses can feel pain at that stage. A previous draft applied only to the District of Columbia, but Franks expanded it nationwide in light of the recent murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing several infants born alive after failed abortions. The trial has received special attention from opponents of abortion rights, who argue that a late-term abortion is no different than an infant’s murder.

    Franks’s bill has spurred controversy on Capitol Hill in the last week. During a markup on Wednesday, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee shot down several amendments to provide rape, incest and health exceptions to the ban, arguing they would be abused. The final version approved by the panel would allow only women whose lives are in danger to access late-term abortions.

  • House passes late-term abortion ban

    Just six Democrats voted for the measure in a 228-196 vote, while six Republicans opposed it.

  • SRS Is Among First EHRs to Achieve Certification for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use – See more at:

    SRS EHR v9 Awarded 2014 Edition Modular Certification

    MONTVALE, NJ – June 17, 2013 SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that it has completed the first phase of certification for the 2014 Edition of the SRS EHR. Physicians will use the SRS EHR v9 to demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for the government’s EHR incentives for Stage 2—as well as Stage 1—effective 2014.

    “As we did so successfully for Stage 1, SRS is addressing the increased demands of Stage 2 by enhancing our EHR software to provide our physicians with the tools needed to satisfy the requirements in a productivity-focused manner,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRS. “The fact that we are among the first vendors to achieve certification is a testament to the talents of our highly skilled and hard-working development team and to our commitment to the maintenance of high-level, in-house expertise regarding meaningful use.”

    “This accomplishment puts us well on our way in what will be a short journey toward complete certification,” says SRS Chief Software Architect Joseph Geretz. “Our 2014 certified EHR will empower our physicians with data management and interoperability features that will prepare them for continued success as providers of high-quality patient care.”

    This EHR Module is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments (SRSsoft, v9, Certification ID No. 06132013-1984-8, June 13, 2013).

    About SRS
    SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, PACS, Patient Portal, and Transcription increase speed and efficiency, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and enhance patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit, e-mail, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

    About Drummond Group Inc.
    Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS); Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes; and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)— positioning the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit or e-mail

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  • GOP lawmaker cites fetal masturbation in defense of late-term abortion ban

    Rep. Michael Burgess justified the proposed ban, arguing that fetuses as early as 15 weeks experience physical feeling.

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