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2-midnight rule delayed until September in SGR repeal bill
Healthcare Finance
A recent companion bill to repeal the sustainable growth rate is punting a decision on the controversial "two-midnight" rule into September. The new legislation continues until September a partial delay of the Medicare "two midnights" policy that establishes 48 hours as the threshold for classifying a patient stay as inpatient. The rule was first supposed to take effect in October 2013, then was delayed until September 2014, and again was delayed until the end of March 2015 in last year’s SGR patch.
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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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Stakes are high for votes on budget, Medicare fix
Kaiser Health News
As they seek to show their governing skills, Republican leaders are nearing votes on the House and Senate budget blueprints, which also include a road map for repealing the health law. Separately, a permanent doc-fix measure moving through Congress could likely face partisan challenges.
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Webinar recording: Case Management Certification Strategies, Successes and Best Practices
ACMA
We received such an overwhelming response to our March 12 webinar that we exceeded the webinar system's attendee capacity. If you were unable to login to the webinar due to the meeting room being closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. But don't worry, you can access the recording online — click here.

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

Panelists included:

Barb DeSilva, MSN, MHA, ACM, CCM, FACHE
VP, System Care Coordination
Carolinas HealthCare System

Kathy Nipper Johnson, RN, BSN, CCM
Director of Case Management and Social Services
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

Angie Roberson, RN, MSN, ACM
Director of Case Management
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

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New YouTube video features conference highlights, explores downtown Phoenix
ACMA
A new video has been uploaded to ACMA's YouTube channel that explores downtown Phoenix, Arizona, as well as highlights of the 2015 ACMA National Conference. Follow ACMACaseMgmt to learn more about the Conference and this year's host city. Watch the video now.
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Have you visited ACMA's CE center?
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As Air Trek, Inc. celebrates its 37th year of providing Air Ambulance and private jet aircraft charter service, brothers Dana, Lester, and Wayne Carr reminisce over 3 ½ decades in aviation. The word “trek” is defined as a long and never-ending journey. Our journey officially began, Oct. 16, 1978, with the incorporation of Air Trek, Inc.
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FAQ: What's in the house's proposal to fix Medicare's payments to doctors
Kaiser Health News
It's make-or-break time for a Medicare "doc fix" replacement. The House is likely to vote on a proposal to scrap Medicare's troubled physician payment formula, just days before a upcoming deadline when doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21 percent payment cut. Senate action could come this week as well, but probably not until the chamber completes a lengthy series of votes on the GOP's fiscal 2016 budget package.
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How 2 accountable care organizations and Boeing test value-based care
Healthcare Finance
A new partnership between two accountable care organizations and Seattle's largest employer hopes to become a model for value-based care. The Providence-Swedish Health Alliance and UW Medicine have entered into separate and direct contracts with Boeing, among the first ACOs in the country to create a tailor-made healthcare plan with a private employer.
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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital chief rolls out ambitious plans post-merger
Healthcare Finance
If Stephen Klasko, M.D., has his way, Philadelphia's largest health system will reinvent academic medicine. Klasko, CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, is pitching several changes to the system as he manages the merger between the top urban academic medical center and the suburban Abington Health hospital system.
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Uncompensated care costs shrink under Obamacare, especially in Medicaid expansion states
Healthcare Finance
Hospital uncompensated care costs were about 21 percent, or $7.4 billion, lower in 2014 due to gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. More than two-thirds of the estimated reduction, or $5 billion, was in states opting to expand Medicaid to uninsured low-income adults, according to the HHS.
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Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the healthcare law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states. Additionally, many Americans are still unaware of the penalty that will be assessed for those who have not signed up for coverage by April 15.
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Report: $5.7 billion drop in hospitals' uncompensated care due to ACA
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
In the five years since its passage into law, the Affordable Care Act has and will continue to attract criticism and scrutiny. Whether it is the GOP commitment to repeal the Act or the current Supreme Court case that could potentially undermine the health insurance exchanges, there is no lack of controversy around the ACA. But behind the noise and confusion, there are some major forces at work that are driving new models of care and changing the way we practice, pay for, and evaluate healthcare.
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EVENT CALENDAR

Date Event Location More Info
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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