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Why hospitals live in 2 worlds when it comes to ACOs
Government Health IT
For the past several years, hospital CEOs have been talking a big game about accountable care — the latest healthcare model, which pays doctors and hospitals for quality, rather than the volume of services they provide. ACOs make providers jointly accountable for the health of their patients, giving them financial incentives to cooperate and to save money by avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures. But investing in risk-sharing doesn't mean health systems are giving up on the fee-for-service system, which rewards providers for every test and treatment whether or not it improves the health of a patient.
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Clinical guidelines often not so precise when it comes to cost
American Medical News
When developing clinical guidance policies, 57 percent of the 30 largest physician specialty societies in the U.S. explicitly considered costs in recommendations they made between 2008 and 2012, research shows. Despite an increasing focus on how to reduce costs in the nation's healthcare system, 13 percent of the professional organizations implicitly considered costs, 10 percent intentionally excluded costs and 20 percent made no mention, according to a study posted online May 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine, formerly Archives of Internal Medicine.
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New HIPAA rules, enhanced enforcement put Onus on healthcare providers to tighten security
Becker's Hospital Review
The federal government is upping the ante on healthcare providers to strengthen their policies and procedures for protecting electronic health information. On March 26, the final Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act omnibus rule went into effect, which strengthens the security and privacy rules and also extends direct liability for HIPAA security violations to Business Associates of HIPAA Covered Entities. This new rule is only the latest development in a far-reaching effort over the past three years by the federal government to greatly strengthen HIPAA enforcement and protection of confidential health information.
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Help medical practice staff avoid burnout
American Medical News
Physician burnout is well-documented. But doctors may not realize that if they or one of their practice colleagues is suffering from burnout, chances are that at least one staff member also has the same malady.

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The new site that could change hospital billing forever
The Fiscal Times
When the Obama administration recently went public with the first comprehensive data on disparities in hospital billing, it was expected to be a game changer. First, the differences are massive.

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6 tips for lean revenue cycle management
Healthcare Finance News
To keep bottom lines healthy, organizations are turning to a process called lean revenue cycle management. John Gallagher, account manager of Simpler Consulting, helps organizations utilize this efficient form of management.

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Expert: Industry not ready for SNOMED criteria in Stage 2
Health Data Management
The complexities of clinical quality measures in the 2014 Edition of the electronic health records meaningful use program may outweigh potential benefits as the measures are beyond the ability of many EHR vendors and providers to comply with.
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Physician practices pressured to review revenue cycle management
HealthLeaders Media
Healthcare reform changes and ICD-10 implementation require new strategies to optimize revenue cycle operations in physician practices. The changes associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, electronic medical record implementation, and new Medicare rules mean that physician practices are under increasing pressure, says Nancy Ruff, director of health advisory services for CTG Health Solutions, a consulting company in Dallas. Optimizing your revenue requires clearing some new hurdles and aggressive strategies, says Ruff.
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Face up to front office challenges
Medpage Today
Your front office staff are the face of your practice — an expression of your practice's philosophy, attitude, and values. So it should be a top priority to hire and retain top-quality people to fill such roles as receptionists, phone operators, medical secretaries and transcriptionists. But it can be a challenge to keep these people and keep their morale high because these positions often include high levels of stress for low pay. So try something different, right from the start: Pay more for the right candidate.
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Here's how you can escape a medical billing catastrophe
MedCity News
Recent research has revealed that around 55 percent of medical bills in the United States include errors. With the surge in electronic health records, more and more practices are experiencing errors in their medical billing workflows and this is expected to increase over time. One of the main reasons for this predicament is the fact that practices spend more time implementing billing systems and less time in training their staff on how to use them effectively and accurately.
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18 wasteful hospital purchases to avoid
Becker's Hospital Review
Not many hospitals today haven't spent a lot of time exploring ways to cut costs through more efficient care and reduce wasteful spending. Most have begun a shift to deliver care in less costly settings, investing in technology to automate workflows and dialing back on duplicative services and unnecessary testing. But in some cases, the answer to keeping costs low may have less to do with better budgeting and more to do with bypassing certain purchases entirely.
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Meaningful use incentives ascend past $14.5 billion
Government Health IT
As of the end of April, the federal government has paid out $14.6 billion in EHR incentive payments, according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiative Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. At the recent Health IT Policy Committee meeting, Anthony said the numbers were the most current available and show an increasing number of providers are interested in the program. There were 395,000 eligible providers and hospitals in "active registration" in the federal meaningful use program — out of a total pool of 532,000.
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