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Originally published in Law360 on November 29, 2012
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Originally published in Law360, New York (September 25, 2012, 7:57 PM ET)
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology coordinated its September 4, 2012, release of the 2014 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria with the Centers for Medicare &...more
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Originally published in Law360, New York on August 27, 2012.
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