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Patients with complex diagnoses receive better, cheaper care at long-term acute care facilities
FierceHealthcare
Patients with critical and medically complex diagnoses fare better and receive less expensive care at long-term acute care hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Medical Care. LTCHs were able to treat most of these patients at a similar or lower cost to Medicare than they would have accrued at a regular hospital, researchers said in a study announcement.
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Last call for certification in 2015
ACMA
Aug. 15 is the ACM Certification application deadline for the fourth quarter of 2015. Applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by Aug. 15 in order to take the exam during October, November or December. Learn more and apply at www.acmaweb.org/ACM.
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ACMA Career Link: Featured job
ACMA
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 job:

Group Director — Case Management
Centura Health
Littleton, Colorado
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Case Management Advocacy: A call to action
ACMA
Bills have been introduced in Washington, which address issues affecting your daily practice and adversely impacting patient care. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act and the Medicare Audit Improvement Act represent opportunities for case managers to voice concerns related to observation status/the three-day stay requirement and the CMS Recovery Audit Program (formerly RAC). Over the coming months, you will periodically receive email calls to action regarding these issues, which contain a link to ACMA's online Grassroots Action Center. You can also learn more and make your voice heard anytime at www.acmaweb.org/action. Please take a few moments and contact Congress to request support of these bills. ACMA has already provided a message to help you get started — simply customize/add your personal experience, sign your name and send. One click, it's that easy. There is strength in numbers, so we also encourage you to share these issues and direct your colleagues and non-member advocates to join the effort via ACMA's Grassroots Action Center at www.acmaweb.org/action.
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Why so much of the healthcare we deliver is unnecessary — and what we can do about it
Forbes
In the late 19th century, Dr. William Halsted, a pioneer of modern surgical techniques, performed ultra-radical mastectomies for women with breast cancer. The procedure, soon named after him, involved the surgeon removing not only the breast itself but also surrounding musculature and the associated lymphatic system. Halsted believed, and taught generations of medical students, that the more radical the procedure, the higher the likelihood of survival.
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The app will see you now, but may not get the diagnosis right
Kaiser Health News
There's a warning out for those who go online or to apps to figure out why they have an upset tummy or nagging cough or occasional chest pain. Symptom checkers, those tools that ask for information and suggest a diagnosis, are accurate only about half of the time. The finding is from a Harvard Medical School study that reviewed 23 sites, such as WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and DocResponse. One third listed the correct diagnosis as the first option for patients.
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New sites allow patients to compare surgeons based on outcomes, complication rates
FierceHealthcare
Two new sites launched today will allow consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on never-before-available information on complications rates and patient outcomes. The first, www.surgeonratings.org, released by the nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services, only lists surgeons that have had better-than-average outcomes based on an analysis of more than four million surgeries conducted by 50,000 surgeons on hospital inpatients.
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HHS wants to improve nursing home, long-term hospital care
FierceHealthFinance
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made a sweeping range of proposals intended to improve the safety and functioning of the 15,000 or so long-term care hospitals (LTCH) and nursing homes that operate in the U.S. The proposal, to be published in the Federal Register, would require nursing homes and LTCHs to consider the health of residents when making decisions on staffing; improve and better coordinate care planning, including discharge planning; make infection control training mandatory among staff and assign an infection control officer; and expand the rights of patients, including minimizing the use of binding arbitration agreements if a dispute arises over care.
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Satisfied nurses improve hospital outcomes, mortality
FierceHealthcare
Nurses have a significant impact on the success of a hospital, according to a study of a team of Kaiser Permanente nurses published in Health Care Management Review. Many hospitals have tried and failed to replicate the Kaiser model, currently present in eight states, which integrates hospitals, insurance and doctors' offices into one system, researchers said. The problem may be that hospitals have overlooked the level of nurse satisfaction and happiness, and how much they are willing to invest in it, the new study found.
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CMS proposes to bundle payments for hip and knee replacements
AHA News Now
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for hip and knee replacement surgery. Under the proposed five-year Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, the hospital in which the joint replacement takes place would be held accountable for the quality and costs of care for the entire episode of care from the time of the surgery through 90 days after discharge.
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4 ways hospitals can cut wasteful, unnecessary care and improve outcomes
FierceHealthcare
A significant amount of the healthcare administered each year to patients in the U.S. is unnecessary, expensive and ends up doing more harm than good., says Robert Pearl, M.D., in an essay for Forbes. Pearl, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, outlines four ways to reduce unnecessary patient care, ultimately saving families and providers money, and also empowering patients by giving them options in their care plans.
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