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MedPAC recommendation: Withdraw the two-midnight rule
The Advisory Board Company
MedPAC has issued its latest set of recommendations, and Eric Fontana explains how CMS might next address short-stay cases if the agency scraps the two-midnight rule. Along with this recommendation, MedPAC suggested that CMS should direct RACs to focus on hospitals with high rates of one-day stays, and even evaluate establishing a penalty for hospitals with "excess" rates of short inpatient stays.
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We'll work around your schedule: Online educational offerings from ACMA
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ACMA is offering several new online webinars. These webinars provide an economical source of continuing education, especially for those who are not able to travel to conferences or do not have live events in their area. Hear from leaders in the field, at your own convenience, on your schedule.

About E-Learning with ACMA: E-Learning is a platform that offers a growing library of webinar sessions. This library currently includes sessions from the 2014 ACMA Leadership Conference and other webinars. ACMA continues to add content frequently — both live and on-demand sessions. All are economically priced and provide the leading education you have come to expect from ACMA. Visit the E-Learning website to register for a webinar, purchase on-demand, or peruse the library — click here.

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ACMA Career Link: Featured jobs
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ACMA's Career Link provides an invaluable resource for case management professionals to research employment opportunities. Go to www.acmaweb.org/careers to search open positions, such as this week's featured jobs:

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Social Work Case Manager
Bartlett Regional Hospital
Juneau, Alaska
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Care Coordination Manager
Sentara Healthcare
Suffolk, Virginia
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Compass: Directional training for case managers
ACMA
Version 2.0 now available:
  • Professional narration and audio
  • 10 CEs for nurses, social workers and ACMs
  • Expanded and updated content — an increase from 15 to 18 modules
  • New modules on accountable care organizations (ACOs), the Two-Midnight Rule and more
  • E-manual available online for print and download
Learn more at www.acmaweb.org/Compass.

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Hospitals rake in $1.3 billion from Medicare appeals settlements
Modern Healthcare
It appears the federal government has made hospitals an offer too good to refuse. The CMS paid out $1.3 billion to more than 1,900 hospitals, as of June 1, 2015, as part of its deal to clear out the Medicare payment-appeals process. It's a staggeringly high amount, indicating that most hospitals preferred quick, discounted Medicare reimbursements over remaining tied up with claims denials. But the fight over Medicare appeals has only intensified because broader reforms are still in a state of limbo.
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Experts: Medicare ACO final rule will help but doesn't go far enough
FierceHealthcare
Several features of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for accountable care organizations in its Medicare Shared Savings Program will encourage more providers to participate in the program, but the rule does not go far enough on risk assumption, healthcare experts wrote in a blog post for Health Affairs. One of the most important changes in the new rule concerns financial benchmark calculation, according to Brookings Institution authors S. Lawrence Kocot, a visiting fellow, Mark McClellan, former CMS administrator, and project manager Ross White.
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Risk for clinically relevant adverse cardiac events in patients with chest pain at hospital admission
The JAMA Network
Patients with potentially ischemic chest pain are commonly admitted to the hospital or observed after a negative evaluation in the emergency department owing to concern about adverse events. Previous studies have looked at 30-day mortality, but no current large studies have examined the most important information regarding ED disposition: the short-term risk for a clinically relevant adverse cardiac event (including inpatient ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, life-threatening arrhythmia, cardiac or respiratory arrest, or death).
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To take care of patients, first take care of yourself and your staff
FierceHealthcare
Acccording to author Ilene MacDonald: My mother is a wise woman, and yet growing up I often ignored her advice because, after all, what could she possibly know that I, as a worldly 18-year-old, didn't already know? Spoiler alert: A lot. Years later, as I juggled the demands of full-time work and my full-time responsibilities of caring for my family of four and complained that I felt like a failure at both because no one seemed pleased, my mom often told me, "Make yourself happy. That way you'll know at least one person will be happy."
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Physicians should help families with decisions about end-of-life care
ScienceDaily
About 20 percent of Americans spend time in an intensive care unit around the time of their death, and most deaths follow a decision to limit life-sustaining therapies. Physicians have a responsibility to provide recommendations to families of dying patients, a Loyola University Medical Center critical care physician writes in the journal Chest. "A physician has a responsibility to present surrogates with the plan of care he or she believes to be in the best application of a patient's authentic values and interests to a specific clinical situation," Paul Hutchison, M.D., writes.
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Rural health crisis: Hospitals struggle to stay open, shift focus to outpatient care
FierceHealthcare
The rural health financial crisis has forced many hospitals to cut their workforces, others to drop services like routine baby deliveries, and all to look at other delivery options and financial models. But more hospital closures are likely, industry experts say, unless the federal and state governments make policy changes. Approximately 30 hospitals in Kentucky and Kansas are at risk of closing, FierceHealthFinance previously reported, and roughly 50 facilities, mainly in the Southeast, have closed, according to Albuquerque Business First.
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Pharmacists take on broader role
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pharmacists in California will soon play a broader role in healthcare, more directly helping customers with everything from vaccines to birth control to blood tests. The expansion is meant, in part, to help the nation's aging population to more easily and effectively deal with health issues, and to prevent new problems from arising. Some of the change is being shaped by Sarah McBane, an associate clinical professor at UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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Why one state isn't worried about a rise in hospital medical errors
FierceHealthcare
Medical errors are on the rise in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports, but according to the state's Department of Public Health, that's actually a good sign. The new data, expected to be released publicly, show that acute care hospitals in the state recorded 821 serious reportable events in 2014, a 9 percent increase from 2013 when they reported 753 SREs. Massachusetts health officials cautioned, however, that this doesn't necessarily mean hospitals in the state are less safe, according to the Globe.
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The traits of today's ideal healthcare CEO
Hospitals & Health Networks
On May 1, Susan Fox, R.N., MBA, took over as CEO at 292-bed White Plains Hospital, serving Westchester County north of New York City. In the works for five years and announced last year, the smooth transition of leadership from retiring CEO Jon B. Schandler is a case study in effective succession planning. Yet, the organization Fox will lead, and the future she will lead it into, are very different from those her predecessor inherited 38 years ago. And Fox is a very different CEO — by design.
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