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In this issue...
  • Feds speed plans for value-based payments
  • What to expect from Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule
  • Patient medical record fees violating HIPAA standard, advocates say
  • How Obama's $3 trillion healthcare overhaul would work
  • Why ICD-10 and cybersecurity must go hand in hand
  • Caregiver Act aims to reduce hospital readmissions
  • New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
  • Vice President Joe Biden calls for renewed focus on patient safety
  • Telemedicine imaging may speed diagnosis, management of ROP
  • Upcoming Webinars



  • Save the Date: Legislative Day 2015
    AAHAM
    Sponsored by The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities.

    Legislative Day is right around the corner, March 30-31. We are all very excited to present you with a jam-packed agenda for this year's trip to "The Hill". This year we are making appointments for you with both your senators and representatives. Those of you who have attended this event in the past can attest to the excitement of being part of a grassroots advocacy event such as this. With all of the issues and obstacles facing us in healthcare today, it is imperative that you take this opportunity to let your voice be heard in Washington. AAHAM is giving you the opportunity to personally make this happen. Don't let this once a year opportunity pass you by!

    Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today.

    The deadline to register is March 9 and reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate is March 6.

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    Where & When
    Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
    Washington, D.C.
    March 30-31
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    Feds speed plans for value-based payments
    FierceHealthFinance
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it would fundamentally reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years. The intent, according to HHS officials, is to cut down on the volume of unnecessary procedures while improving patient outcomes.
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    What to expect from Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule
    Health Data Management
    Deven McGraw knows a thing or two about the Meaningful Use program. A member of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, McGraw chairs the Privacy and Security workgroup and is liaison to the Interoperability workgroup, and has served on the Meaningful Use workgroup as well.
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    Patient medical record fees violating HIPAA standard, advocates say
    Healthcare Finance
    Advocates are grilling healthcare providers over the prices they charge patients for electronic or printed medical records, claiming some fees may even go as far as to violate HIPAA rules. The American Health Information Management Association recently said health information managers should remove or reduce the cost associated with supplying patients their electronic medical records.
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    How Obama's $3 trillion healthcare overhaul would work
    BloombergBusinessweek
    The Obama administration has announced plans to accelerate a shift in how the U.S. pays its $2.9 trillion annual healthcare bill. Officials at Medicare, which covers 1-in-6 Americans, want to stop paying doctors and hospitals by the number of tests and treatments they do. Instead, the government wants to link payments to how well providers take care of patients, not just how much care they provide.
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    Why ICD-10 and cybersecurity must go hand in hand
    FierceHealthIT
    As the ICD-10 implementation date draws near, providers should not let cybersecurity fall to the wayside, according to industry experts. Because providers have been busy with projects like electronic health record system implementations and ICD-10, cybersecurity has "taken sort of a backseat," healthcare IT expert and Nachimson Advisors Principal Stanley Nachimson tells ICD10monitor.com.
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    New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
    By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
    A recent Reuters article discusses the huge disparity in prices for common surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement. The article highlights a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield that is self-serving to say the least. It points out how doctors and insurers charge high prices for these procedures and, depending on the facility, prices can fluctuate by up to 300 percent.
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    Vice President Joe Biden calls for renewed focus on patient safety
    Kaiser Health News via U.S. News & World Report
    Hospitals need to focus more on reducing preventable errors and infections and the government must create more economic incentives to improve patient safety, Vice President Joe Biden said at a recent conference in Irvine, California. "Up until now, our health care system, in my humble opinion, hasn't sufficiently linked quality … with safety," he said. "Not enough time has been focused on keeping bad things from happening."
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    Telemedicine imaging may speed diagnosis, management of ROP
    Medscape
    Telemedicine-based imaging may help expand options in diagnosing and treating retinopathy of prematurity, which remains a significant threat to vision for extremely premature infants. Bedside binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy has been the standard technique for diagnosing and monitoring infants who have ROP, but that therapy is challenged by the local scarcity of qualified ophthalmologist examiners in some areas, as well as the remote location of some neonatal intensive care units.
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    Upcoming Webinars

    Topic: Data Mining Your Credit Balances
    When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    Speaker: Kathy Sandora, CRCE-I, executive director of Operations for CDR Associates LLC

    This timely intermediate level webinar provide information on the magnitude of the problem. Learn new ways to evaluate your credit balances and the impact on your bottom line. The causes of credit balances will be discussed to assist how to analyze the hours and money associated with resolving credit balances.

    Registration Deadline: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 9.

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    Topic: Your Solution to Medical Necessity Denials
    When:
    WEDNESDAY, March 4 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    Speaker: Olakunle Olaniyan, MD, MBA, FACP, FACPE, President of Case Management Covenants LLC

    This interesting intermediate level webinar will review the origin and background macroeconomic trends driving denials. Learn about a comprehensive physician driven approach to preventing and minimizing medical necessity denials. To make sure we have space for you, payment must be received by Feb. 25.

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