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Spotting preventable readmissions
Healthcare Finance News
With hospitals nationwide feeling the burden of Medicare penalties for avoidable 30-day readmissions, C-suite managers have been frantically searching for ways to pinpoint these high-risk patients early on. A recent analysis suggests a low-cost and simple scorecard that detects one out of four of these patients.
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Analytics will be the 'nervous system' of ACOs
FierceHealthIT
A new report from the Institute of Health Technology Transformation resonates a familiar theme: Analytics are the key to population health management and Accountable Care Organizations. The paper aims to help healthcare leaders "identify and understand models for innovative uses of data" that will help them improve care and cut costs. It focuses on "creating a nervous system and solid infrastructure foundation that leverages storage, processing, analysis and data management to make better, evidence-based business and clinical decisions."
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Poor service, bedside manner top patients' online complaints
Pri-Med Online
On "rate-your-doctor" websites, patients complain more about poor bedside manner and unprofessional office staff than inadequate medical skills, according to a recent multi-city study published by Vanguard Communications.

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Are electronic health records hindering patient care?
The Hospitalist
SHM board member Eric Siegal, MD, SFHM, wasn't surprised by the findings in a new report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that found medical interns spent just 12 percent of their time in direct patient care and a whopping 40 percent of their time using computers.

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A silver lining? 4 trends straining hospital cashflow in 2013 could lead to better patient billing practices
Becker's Hospital Review
Three years into the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, some hospitals have already begun to feel a strain on revenue from traditional payors as a result of the law's changes.

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With Medicare posting hospital charges, are doctors next?
American Medical News
In an unprecedented move, the Medicare agency has released a database of average charges for inpatient services provided by hospitals and has announced plans to expand the transparency initiative, which could include posting online how much individual physicians charge for their patient care.
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What will be the biggest challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use?
EHR Intelligence
Most providers agree that the first few years of the EHR Incentive Program have been no picnic. With out-of-pocket costs reaching the tens of thousands for eligible providers, and physicians struggling to cope with enormous changes to their workflow, adapting to an EHR is only the first hurdle when it comes to meaningful use. Stage 2 of the program begins in 2014 for many participants, and the stakes will only get higher from now on. While every provider will face unique challenges based on their progress and health IT sophistication, the following are the top three areas that might give physicians pause as they head into the trenches.
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IDC's 5 stages to ACO maturity
Government Health IT
With recognition that "the path through accountable care is unknown," IDC Health Insights has launched a new Accountable Care Maturity Model, designed to help healthcare organizations gauge their own status and make strategic decisions for funding business and IT initiatives. The five-stage ACO model is based on IDC's Maturity Model framework, which in the past has been brought to bear on cloud computing, social media, mobile technology, big data and more.
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New Jersey hospital has highest billing rates in the nation
The New York Times
The most expensive hospital in America is not set amid the swaying palm trees of Beverly Hills or the luxury townhouses of New York's Upper East Side. It is in a faded blue-collar town 11 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Based on the bills it submits to Medicare, the Bayonne Medical Center charged the highest amounts in the country for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital treatments, according to a New York Times analysis of 2011 data, the most recent available. No other hospital was at the top of the price list more often.
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Skipping ICD-10 for ICD-11 not recommended
Health Data Management
A new report from the American Medical Association Board of Trustees concludes that the advantages of skipping implementation of the ICD-10 code sets and waiting until ICD-11 are outweighed by the disadvantages. The report follows a directive last year from the AMA House of Delegates to evaluate the feasibility of moving from ICD-9 to ICD-11 as an alternative to adopting ICD-10.
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EHRs, communication can co-exist for doctors
Informationweek
Computers need not come between patients and physicians in the exam room if doctors think carefully about how they're using electronic health records and interacting with patients, according to a new report from the American Medical Association board of trustees. Doctors who communicate well with patients when they use paper records also tend to have fewer problems talking to patients than other doctors do when they use EHRs in the exam room, the report said.
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