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Setting the stage for Legislative Day 2013
AAHAM
We urge Congress to pass a bipartisan deficit reduction plan this year that includes language amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to provide parity in the protections and options accorded to landlines and wireless numbers and to allow healthcare providers and their agents to contact consumers at any number provided to them.

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Register now for the 2013 Legislative Day
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Represent your facility, your state and your industry at the one political event that directly impacts you, your facility and your bottom-line; 2013 AAHAM Legislative Day, April 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

Our strong grassroots program creates new opportunities for our industry but we need your continued support! We need you to make the trip to Washington to make a difference in our industry, attendance is limited, so register to attend today. It is all about strength in numbers. The more AAHAM members participate in this effort, the stronger the voice AAHAM will have. Remember, if you don't speak up someone else will.

Click here to view brochure, hotel information and to register online.
Nonmembers, click here to register.

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 and reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate is March 4.

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AAHAM webinar: 'Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel; Who Knew Excel Could Do That?'
AAHAM
Topic: Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel; Who Knew Excel Could Do That?

When: March 20, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Anne DelPizzo, Manager of Decision Support at PATHS, LLC.

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn:
  • Manage your data and practical applications of pivot tables.
  • Drill Down in Pivot Tables - the real power behind the numbers
  • Simplify your tasks with Macros
  • Making efficient use of Excel's built in functions and formulas can make many every day workbook tasks much easier.
  • Take away strong fundamentals to build on
  • Produce spreadsheets that communicate better and really get attention
  • Increase your productivity
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before March 6. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by March 13.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.

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6 tips from CMS on ICD-10 risk mitigation
Becker's ASC Review
CMS issued several tips for mitigating risk during the ICD-10 coding transition. The organization recommends developing a transition plan to decide how practices will comply with ICD-10, establishing milestones for keeping everyone on task and sharing the transition plan with vendors. The following are six other tips from CMS for a smooth transition.
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Stickiness: Why it's a must-have for any ACO (Becker's Hospital Review)
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Hospitals hook up with drugstore giants to lower readmissions
Kaiser Health News
Patients who leave the hospital only to have to be readmitted within a few weeks cost U.S. taxpayers more than $17 billion a year. In October, the federal government started cracking down on hospitals, penalizing them if too many of their patients bounce back. That has hospitals searching for help from the corner drug store to manage the care of patients.
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Empowered by ACA, old fraud law puts new scrutiny on doctors
American Medical News
With the Affordable Care Act giving the government more power and dedicating more money to improving federal efforts against healthcare fraud, waste and abuse, physicians' business practices are under the microscope like never before. While only a small fraction of physicians are engaged in fraudulent activity, all doctors face the new reality of increased scrutiny over billing, referral and coding activity, legal experts said.

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5 hospital rules that are meant to be challenged
Health Data Management
Each industry has its own unique set of workplace operating procedures, rules and norms. Hospitals, like any other workplace, require rules. There are job descriptions that provide roles for employees, policies and procedures that exist to enhance patient safety, regulations that guide compliance with existing safety laws and, of course, employees who carry out all of those responsibilities.

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7 ways to make the ICD-10 switch less painful
Becker's ASC Review
Healthcare professionals and ambulatory surgery centers nationwide will be slowly transitioning to the ICD-10 code set in attempts to meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for implementation. Here are seven practical tips from industry professionals to make the next 20 months optimally productive and the overall switch as non-disruptive as possible.

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A digital shift on health data swells profits in an industry
The New York Times
It was a tantalizing pitch: come get a piece of a $19 billion government "giveaway." The approach came in 2009, in a presentation to doctors by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions of Chicago, a well-connected player in the lucrative business of digital medical records. That February, after years of behind-the-scenes lobbying by Allscripts and others, legislation to promote the use of electronic records was signed into law as part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill. The rewards, Allscripts suggested, were at hand. But today, as doctors and hospitals struggle to make new records systems work, the clear winners are big companies like Allscripts that lobbied for that legislation and pushed aside smaller competitors.
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Ways EHRs can lead to unintended safety problems
American Medical News
In spring 2012, a surgeon tried to electronically access a patient's radiology study in the operating room but the computer would show only a blue screen. The patient's time under anesthesia was extended while OR staff struggled to get the display to function properly. That is just one example of 171 health information technology-related problems reported during a nine-week period to the ECRI Institute PSO, a patient safety organization in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., that works with health systems and hospital associations in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere to analyze and prevent adverse events.
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Feedback: Key to strong healthcare leadership
Hospital Impact
How many of us can really say we enjoy feedback? Many people say they want feedback yet rarely seek it out like they would a good meal or vacation getaway. Recently, the Hospital Impact healthcare leadership team completed the Right People, Right Roles 360 Leadership Behavioral Assessment. It is designed with coaching in mind, with each leader developing a coaching plan specific to their focus areas.
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Researchers: CPOE averted 17.4 million medication errors in one year
FierceHealthIT
Electronic prescribing through computerized physician order entry averted 17.4 million medication errors in the U.S. in a single year, according to researchers publishing in the Journal American Medical Informatics Association. "Processing a prescription drug order through a CPOE system decreases the likelihood of error on that order by 48 percent," the authors wrote. "Given this effect size, and the degree of CPOE adoption and use in hospitals in 2008, we estimate a 12.5 percent reduction in medication errors, or 17.4 million medication errors averted."
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The 3 types of organizations that need new EHRs
MedCity News
The era of electronic health records has arrived and opportunities for innovative uses of data are plentiful for providers and vendors alike. Fueled by financial incentives from the government as well as meaningful use requirements, organizations that best position their data to help providers deliver patient centered care will flourish. Physician organizations are also becoming larger through growth, acquisitions and mergers. These growth milestones provide organizations opportunities to reflect on the capabilities of their current medical record system in order to decide if their current system will keep them competitive in the future. These are the three types of organizations that will be purchasing a new Electronic Health Record system in 2013.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Are healthcare surveys really capturing patient experience?
EHR Intelligence
We can learn so much by listening. The post-hospital visit survey is an important tool for patients to efficiently report on their experience in the facility. But what about all those interactions within that experience and those that also led to that same experience? It has as much to do with patient confidence as it does with patient satisfaction in the continuum of this experience.
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Employee ACOs: Building a base for accountable care
Becker's Hospital Review
There is no doubt that accountable care organizations are spreading throughout the country and different healthcare markets. In fact, according to David Muhlestein, a Leavitt Partners analyst, there are 428 commercial and Medicare ACOs spanning the country in every state but Delaware. Even though the model's popularity has sparked a large number of ACOs, many healthcare organizations have yet to take the plunge to accountable care. Some hesitation can be attributed to the fact that ACO structure has yet to be universally defined.
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Will changes to HIPAA help secure health data?
Government Technology
Last year, large data breaches in hospitals and health organizations led to the release of millions of private records. This is a growing problem, according to two security experts who spoke in an online presentation on Feb. 19. Speakers Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek Inc., and Eran Farajun, executive vice president of Asigra, presented the current climate of IT security in healthcare and outlined upcoming legislative changes that organizations should be ready for.
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5 ways to improve healthcare information exchanges
InformationWeek
Recent comments made by a number of leaders throughout the industry show clear discontentment with the state of health information exchanges. As William Yasnoff, MD, PhD, president of the Health Record Banking Alliance, recently pointed out, the current nationwide network of health information exchanges is an "unmitigated disaster," due primarily to obstacles in privacy, stakeholder cooperation and financial stability. The following are five ways to improve healthcare data exchange, according to these experts.
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