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CMS announces improvements to Recovery Audit Program
CMS
On Feb. 24, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hosted an Open Door Forum to discuss Recovery Audit Program improvements. Areas discussed included reducing burden on providers and increasing oversight and transparency. To download a PDF table outlining the agency's improvements, click here.
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Celebrate Social Work Month
ACMA
March is Social Work Month, and this year's theme is "Social Work Paves the Way for Change." We hope that you use this month to celebrate with colleagues and friends and recognize the hard work and commitment of social workers in your organization. For more information on Social Work month, click here.
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Webinar: Case Management Certification Strategies, Successes and Best Practices
ACMA
On March 12, from 8-9 a.m., Pacific; 10-11 a.m., Central; and 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Eastern, ACMA will host a webinar exploring strategies, successes and best practices related to case management certification. Moderated by ACMA, the webinar will feature a panel of case management leaders from across the country who will discuss:
  • Strategies to increase the quality or competence of professionals providing case management services
  • The role of certification in their organization and department
  • Benefits, outcomes of a certified case management staff
  • Certification preparation
  • Securing buy-in and support from leadership to support and/or require certification
  • Advice and tips for organizations looking to implement a certification requirement and/or incentive structure
To join the webinar:
    1. Go to https://acmaweb.adobeconnect.com/memberce/
    2. Call 1-877-369-2747 and enter participant code: 6479597
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Early registration savings end Friday: Act now and save $150 on ACMA National Conference Registration
ACMA
The early registration deadline for the 2015 ACMA National Conference is this Friday, March 6, 2015. Register now and save $150 on main conference registration!

With more than 60 sessions to choose from and up to 26 hours of continuing education, this is a one-of-a-kind event that you will not want to miss. Why wait? Register today at www.casemanagementconference.com.

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National Conference highlights
ACMA
Keynote Speaker: Don Berwick, MD
Dr. Don Berwick is the United States’ leading advocate for high-quality health care. He served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from April of 2010 to December of 2011. For 22 years prior to leading CMS, he was the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care around the world — learn more

New: Primary Care Sessions
Primary care case managers are becoming more and more common and play a critical role in the care process. At this year's conference, we introduce sessions focused on primary care case management in each breakout block focused on topics such as handoffs and the identification of appropriate patient populations — learn more

Closing Session: Liz Jazwiec, RN
In this session, internationally renowned speaker, strategist and bestselling author of "Eat THAT Cookie!," "Hey Cupcake! We are ALL Leaders," and "Service Excellence is as easy as P.I.E. (Perception Is Everything)," Liz Jazwiec, RN, will discuss the impact of workplace negativity and provide effective tools to manage morale, eliminate victim thinking and have fun. Ms. Jazwiec's practical and experience-based style incorporates humor and personal stories to provide viable suggestions and strategies for addressing some of the difficult issues facing health care practitioners today.

Pediatric Sessions: Back by Popular Demand
At the 2014 ACMA National Conference, we introduced a session focused on pediatric case management in each breakout block. Based on overwhelmingly positive attendee feedback, pediatrics-focused sessions are returning to the conference agenda — learn more

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Support ACMA's fundraising efforts through cash and item donations
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In order to continue to make a difference and ensure your voice is heard, we need your assistance. Cash and item donations are an essential part of ACMA's fundraising efforts.

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ACMA position statement calls for ACM Certification by end of 2016
ACMA
The American Case Management Association issued a certification position statement on Oct. 21, 2013, calling for ACM Certification by the end of 2016. Advance your professional practice and validate your competency and expertise within case management by applying for the ACM certification today at www.acmaweb.org/ACM.
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When a Kiss Becomes More Than Just a Kiss
Air Trek, Inc.
All of us in health care are often touched by our patients, and we appreciate when a patient expresses sincere gratitude for our services. In providing air ambulance services, Air Trek flight teams are often shown sincere appreciation from patients and families, which is often the best reward for the job.
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King v. Burwell: What you need to know
FierceHealthPayer
The Supreme Court is finally set to hear oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case. The case, over a year in the making, concerns the legality of federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act — specifically, whether tax credits are available only in states that set up their own insurance marketplaces and not in those that use Healthcare.gov. The plaintiffs claim that, according to the wording of the ACA, subsidies are legal only "through an exchange established by the State." Defendants will argue that it was not the intent of the law to limit subsidies only to residents of states that set up their own insurance exchanges.
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Report: Hospitals generate $2.6 trillion a year for US economy
American Hospital Association
America's community hospitals contributed nearly $2.6 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2013, including 5.6 million jobs, according to report released today by the AHA. Hospitals are the second largest source of private-sector jobs, accounting for one of nine jobs with ripple effects included. Each hospital job supports about two more jobs in other sectors, and every dollar spent by a hospital supports roughly $2.30 of additional business activity, the analysis shows. "While hospitals provide vital health care services to millions of people each year, these statistics show a hospital’s importance to its community beyond healthcare," said AHA Vice President of Trends Analysis Caroline Steinberg in an AHASTAT blog post.
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CMS: Report shows 'clear progress' on quality improvement
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
A new report evaluating the effects of measures used in 25 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services quality reporting programs from 2006 to 2013 "demonstrates that the nation has made clear progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people," said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer. According to the report, 95 percent of 119 publicly reported performance rates across seven quality reporting programs showed improvement during the study period. In addition, about 35 percent of the 119 measures were classified as high performing, meaning performance rates exceeded 90 percent in each of the most recent three years for which data were available. Among other findings, CMS said 7,000 to 10,000 lives were saved between 2006 and 2012 through improved performance on inpatient hospital heart failure process measures, while 4,000 to 7,000 infections were averted through improved performance on inpatient hospital surgical process measures. In addition, racial and ethnic disparities were much less pronounced, with measure rates for Hispanics, Blacks and Asians showing the most improvement, the agency said. The report is required at least once every three years by the Affordable Care Act.
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4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum
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A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. "Patients and families consistently report preferences to die peacefully at home, but all too often we die in hospitals with a highly medicalized and uncomfortable end," Morrison writes. Though perhaps in response to that conundrum, "the hospice and palliative care movement keeps gaining momentum."
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Old school: Teaching young bosses to manage seasoned workers
By Kay Corriere
You want employees who are honest, responsible, dependable, loyal, focused, organized and mature. What company could ask for more? These traits are already found in older workers, even though the demographic is often overlooked as a valuable resource. Unfortunately, emerging lodging and hospitality supervisors who want to make their mark impressing upper management are often challenged in managing these seasoned employees.
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Study: Hospital outpatient departments treat sicker patients
AHA News
Hospital outpatient departments treat sicker and poorer patients in need of more extensive care and resources than do physician offices, says a study released Feb. 26 and prepared for the AHA. The study by Rockville, Maryland-based KNG Health Consulting LLC said patients treated in HOPDs are about two-and-a-half times more likely to be uninsured or covered by Medicaid than are patients treated in a physician's office. The study also said HOPD patients have more severe chronic conditions, including congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and obesity; and are more likely to have sought care in a hospital emergency department in the previous 90 days.
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More pressure on PCPs to reduce hospital readmissions
Medscape
As if primary care physicians didn't already feel overloaded with responsibilities ranging into increasingly more areas, another head of pressure for them is gaining steam. That's the growing focus on PCPs to help lower patient readmissions to the hospital. When the federal government first implemented the Readmissions Reduction Program, requiring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to cut payments to hospitals if they had excessive 30-day readmissions, many hospital executives cried foul.
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EVENT CALENDAR

Date Event Location More Info
Mar. 11 Ohio Chapter Conference Columbus, Ohio Details
Mar. 14 Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Details
Apr. 26-29 ACMA 2015 National Conference Phoenix, Arizona Details
May 22 Minnesota Chapter Hopkins Details
July 2 North California Chapter Napa Details
July 30-31 Florida Chapter Orlando Details
Aug. 8 Georgia Chapter Atlanta Details
Sept. 18 North Carolina Chapter Charlotte Details
Oct. 3 Western Pennsylvania Chapter Pittsburgh Details
Oct. 10 Virginia Chapter Richmond Details
Oct. 12 Great Lakes Chapter Novi Details
Oct. 20 Illinois Chapter Rosemont Details
Oct. 24 Connecticut Chapter Uncasville Details

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