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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.

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Familiarity breeds doctor contempt with EHRs
American Medical News
The meaningful use incentive program has resulted in more physicians implementing electronic health record systems and using them in advanced ways. Yet doctors' dissatisfaction with the systems has increased. Theories for what is driving the dissatisfaction include rushed implementations, too little training and physicians doing too much too soon as they struggle to meet meaningful use requirements, other federal mandates and changes to the health care landscape. EHR vendors also are thought to be taking on too much in too little time. As they rush to deliver products certified for meaningful use, usability may have suffered.
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    Some fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors (American Medical News)
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Make hospital staff accountable for patient experience (HealthLeaders Media)
19 pioneer ACOs want CMS to delay pay-for-performance obligations (Becker's Hospital Review)


Employee benefits: How the final HIPAA regulations impact group health plans
Lexology
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued final regulations modifying the privacy, security, enforcement, and breach notification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Employer-sponsored group health plans are HIPAA-covered entities that must comply with the Final Rule. The most significant changes impacting GHPs are: (1) the new definition of “breach” under the breach notification provisions; (2) new required content for business associate agreements; (3) the imposition of vicarious liability for acts of business associates; and (4) new required content and distribution requirements for notices of privacy practices.
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Docs urged to be patient with EHRs
MedPage Today
Electronic health records, although they may be frustrating now, will become more than just legible medical records and will provide more robust tools for improving patient care, predicts an information technology expert. "Improvements in the documentation process hold promise for more than simply efficient data entry and legible notes," wrote James J. Cimino, MD, in a Viewpoint article published online in the Journal of American Medical Association.

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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. Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner made the case for moving forward with ICD-10 to modernize the health care system.

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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.

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If we procrastinate long enough, will ICD-11 be ready?
Hospital & Health Networks
ICD-10 used to be referred to as the "future of clinical coding," meant to capture all the advances in medical knowledge and technology and help carry us into that Brave New World where computers would provide the information needed to make more deliberate, better-informed decisions. Then, when the launch of ICD-10 was delayed last year, we got a reprieve — though, you might remember all those articles warning of "no time to waste" and "don't take your eyes off the ICD-10 ball." Did you take advantage of the additional time to play catch-up, if you were among the procrastinators?
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Open communications: Integrating medical equipment with electronic health records
Health Facilities Management
Imagine a facility where trending information is automatically transferred from a ventilator into an electronic health record. Doctors can view data directly from the ventilator, identify more spontaneous breathing, and consult with the respiratory therapist regarding a weaning protocol, all without ever having to call the nurse or visit the patient. This has long been a possibility, but is now becoming a reality. Hospitals are seeing data pulled from medical devices such as physiologic monitors, vital signs monitors, ventilators and infusion pumps and transferred automatically into the EHR. Unfortunately, this is not as easy as inserting a plug into a computer.
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HHS takes 'time out' on meaningful use stage 3 rule-making
AAFP
The Health & Human Services is effectively taking a "time out" in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.
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Readmissions prevention begins at admission
HealthLeaders Media
Too often, hospital-based care teams start to develop a plan for readmissions as part of the traditional discharge process. Maybe a patient navigator is brought in or the education nurses are consulted, often in the last hours of what has likely been a prolonged inpatient stay. It's just not the best time to start planning for an effective transition of care, says Greg Johnson, DO, chief medical officer of Parkview Health based in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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ACO coalitions key to population wellness
Becker's Hospital Review
The number of articles, whitepapers and reports being generated about accountable care organizations is increasing exponentially, with the vast majority covering the nuts and bolts of creating an ACO and exploring various payment strategies. These are all important issues to address. At their core, however, ACOs are about making the population healthier so the costs associated with providing primary, chronic and acute care can stabilize, and in an ideal situation, decline over time.
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OIG: HHS needs to fill gaps in improper payment reporting
Government Health IT
The Department of Health and Human Services has to fill some gaps in improper payment reduction and reporting compliance, according to the agency's Office of the Inspector General. While HHS has met most of the Improper Payment Information Act's requirements in its 2012 annual financial report, a recent OIG audit found several areas that need improvement, such as data accuracy in calculating mispayment recapture plans.
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CMS unveils hospital violations database
HealthLeaders Media
For the first time, providers, payers and patients now have an enormous searchable database containing documents detailing about 8,000 serious federal safety rule violations — many of which have caused serious patient harm or death — at about 1,000 U.S. hospitals since January, 2011. The documents, which resulted from federally authorized complaint investigations and are called "2567s," were released over the weekend by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after a long-standing request from and collaboration with the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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