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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.
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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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Some fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors
American Medical News
Even before requirements for the second stage of the federal electronic health record incentive programs were finalized, many in the healthcare industry expressed concern that the promise of a bonus check was pushing some physicians to move too quickly with their transitions from paper. Their arguments were that by doing too much too quickly, work flow efficiencies and patient safety could decline, because physicians adopting for the first time would be too focused on checking things off a list of meaningful use objectives instead of easing into a new way of practicing medicine.
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Hospital readmission reduction program: A golden opportunity for pharmacists
By Kinjal Patel
Pharmacists across the United States have argued for expanding their role beyond dispensing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has put the current healthcare system in the midst of dramatic changes, provides opportunities long awaited by pharmacists. A section of the law allows CMS to implement Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which reinforces the importance of medication reconciliation and counseling in reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions. If taken advantage of, this opportunity will allow pharmacists to improve patient care while saving millions of dollars for their employer hospitals and our healthcare system.
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Physician groups fuel ACO growth spurt
American Medical News
Two reports find that accountable care organizations are present in regions encompassing more than half of all Americans, and that only one state does not have an ACO based there. The growth in ACOs is being driven by expansion of Medicare-contracted organizations and interest from physician groups.

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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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CMS: No more delays with move to ICD-10
American Medical News
The mandated transition by billers throughout the health system to the more complex ICD-10 diagnosis codes will go forward without any further delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in a Feb. 6 letter to the American Medical Association.

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Make hospital staff accountable for patient experience
HealthLeaders Media
An organization's culture, despite what's written on its mission statement, is the collective body of its staff's behavior. Patients' ongoing interactions with hospital staff create hundreds of opportunities to leave impressions, both positive and negative. It's in these "moments of truth," that an organization's brand is forged.
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HHS announces 2013 agenda to bring down costs, improve quality of care through implementation of health information technology
U.S. Health & Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., recently announced HHS's plan to accelerate health information exchange and build a seamless and secure flow of information essential to transforming the healthcare system. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are improving the way care is delivered while lowering costs," said Acting Administrator Tavenner. "We are already seeing benefits, such as a reduction in hospital readmissions due to these reforms. Health IT and the secure exchange of information across providers are crucial to reforming the system, and must be a routine part of care delivery."
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ONC reports on acute-care hospital EHR adoption
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Adoption of electronic health record systems by non-federal acute care hospitals has steadily increased since passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports. In 2012, 44 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals had adopted at least a basic EHR system with clinician notes — a 61 percent increase from the previous year and a more than three-fold increase in EHR adoption since 2009.
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Physicians brace for 2 percent sequester pay cut
American Medical News
Physicians caring for Medicare patients said their practices will find keeping up with government mandates and the increasing demand for services more difficult once a 2 percent rate cut hits starting April 1. The consequences of Congress and the White House failing to strike a deal to prevent spending reductions throughout the federal government under the process known as sequestration have yet to be felt by physicians directly. But the American Medical Association and other organized medicine groups said the cuts will become evident soon, squeezing practices' margins and interfering with needed reforms to improve the healthcare system.
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What scares health pros about omnibus HIPAA rule
Government Health IT
While the industry continues trying to sort through the final HIPAA rule on privacy and security, the more daunting task just might be all the work required to comply.
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Computerized discharge tool cuts readmissions for heart failure patients
FierceHealthIT
Hospitals that used a computerized system for discharge of heart failure patients found 30-day readmission rates fell 2.5 percent compared with hospitals that did not use the system, according to research from Intermountain Healthcare. The study also found 10-fold increase in compliance with quality care measures.
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19 pioneer ACOs want CMS to delay pay-for-performance obligations
Becker's Hospital Review
Many health systems behind CMS' 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations disagree with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's approach to quality measurement and are demanding changes to the Pioneer program, according to a Washington Post report. When CMS first unrolled its ACO program, the agency proposed more than 70 quality metrics that would determine whether hospitals could receive bonus payments. In response to criticism from providers, CMS trimmed that list to 33 metrics in its final rule.
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