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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • MSSP final rule panned by providers
  • Lawmakers propose ICD-10 2-year 'grace period'
  • Highest-charging hospitals are for-profits, concentrated in Florida
  • The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction
  • Reducing alert fatigue prevents pharmacy medication errors
  • Patient algorithms help healthcare predict sickness
  • Safety of healthcare workers, patients often at odds
  • More flexibility, options under Medicare ACO final rule
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
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    MSSP final rule panned by providers
    HealthLeaders Media
    Federal officials are making a high-stakes gamble with Medicare's popular shared savings program designed to encourage health systems, hospitals, and physician groups to assume more financial risk in treating patients, healthcare providers say.
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    Lawmakers propose ICD-10 2-year 'grace period'
    Healthcare IT News
    U.S. lawmakers are making their third attempt in just over a month to tweak ICD-10 with new legislation. This time around, rather than attempting to kill or delay ICD-10 altogether, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would provide a two-year grace period for docs submitting claims.
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    Highest-charging hospitals are for-profits, concentrated in Florida
    Healthcare Payer News
    Talk about sticker shock: Some U.S. hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the rates paid by Medicare. Of the 50 U.S. hospitals with the highest charges, 49 are for-profit institutions, 20 operate in Florida, and half are owned by a single chain, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.
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    The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction
    By Keith Carlson
    On April 17, The Atlantic published an article entitled, "The Problem With Satisfied Patients." The subtitle of the article — "A misguided attempt to improve healthcare has led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than making them well" — makes the focus of the piece quite clear.
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    Reducing alert fatigue prevents pharmacy medication errors
    EHR Intelligence
    Within the healthcare industry, as more health IT systems and EHR platforms were installed over the last few years in order to meet meaningful use requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs, the number of alert notifications that physicians receive has brought forth a new phenomenon called alert fatigue. As the large amounts of notifications kept rising for doctors, many physicians and healthcare professionals began ignoring some of the alerts, which has negatively impacted patient safety.
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    Patient algorithms help healthcare predict sickness
    Healthcare Finance
    The first thing out of John Iovine's mouth is an apology. "You got to forgive me if I don't remember too much," he says. "I had a stroke." Signs of that stroke are everywhere — the bed in the dining room, a shower installed in the pantry. John is thin and sits in blue pajama pants in the wheelchair he uses to get around.
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    Safety of healthcare workers, patients often at odds
    Business Insurance
    There's a disconnect between the safety of health care workers and patients, though the same hazards apply to both, according to a speaker at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Safety 2015 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Dallas.
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    More flexibility, options under Medicare ACO final rule
    FierceHealthcare
    For the most part, industry experts are pleased with the changes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid made to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which provides more options and opportunities for accountable care organizations to participate in the risk-based shared savings initiative. But others say that some of the policy changes are lopsided and unfair to ACOs in the lower-risk options.
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    Upcoming Webinars

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    Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

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    If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

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    Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

    PREPARE FOR YOUR CRCP OR STAY CURRENT IN YOUR SKILLS & EARN AAHAM CEUs AT THE SAME TIME!

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    If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

    The webinar dates are:
    June 24 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Patient Access
    July 15 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Billing
    July 22 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Credit & Collections
    Aug. 5 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Revenue Cycle Management

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    10 Best Practices for Payer Contracting; a Roadmap for Successful Negotiations

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    Speaker: Susan Charkin, MPH, Founder and President of Healthcents and Steve Selbst, CEO of Healthcents

    This interesting intermediate level webinar will discuss payer contracting. Steve and Susan will provide a map to get you to your destination; more revenue for your practice and more patient referrals. To make sure we have space for you, payment must be received by Aug. 12. Everyone earns 3 CEUs for attending.

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