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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
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The 2013 ANI will be Oct. 16-18, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

This year's theme is "Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"

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Physician EHRs: Make patient data work for you
American Medical News
Thanks to electronic health records and requirements that doctors use those systems to collect and share data, physician practices have easy access to information they never had before. The data, experts say, hold a lot of power. They can transform the way physicians treat patients and run their practices.
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Upcoming webinars
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'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health', on July 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Cycling Through the Revenue Cycle: Are there Overlooked Paths of Opportunity?', on Aug. 14 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

CPAM summer webinar series, various dates

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Expert: Skipping ICD-10 testing will cost more
Government Health IT
Testing for ICD-10 could cost big money, but failing to test could cost more, according to Mark Lott, CEO of Lott QA Group and coordinator for the HIMSS WEDI National Pilot Program. "Don't put off testing. Start with whatever you have," Lott told attendees of the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum on June 17 at the Gaylord in National Harbor, Md. Some of the biggest health plans are out testing with big hospitals. Practices can find that data and share it with their coders. There is plenty that can be done without waiting for everything to be installed first, said Lott.
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ONC focuses on long-term care providers to reduce readmissions
EHR Intelligence
The Office of the National Coordinator is stepping up its focus on long-term and post-acute care providers in order to improve care coordination for patients and reduce costly hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries.

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What ICD-10 portends for injury claims assessment
Property Casualty 360
The introduction of ICD-10 has sparked a great deal of confusion and alarm. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge its value and provide reassurance that this is indeed a benefit for patients, as well as the property and casualty industry.

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How to avoid 'teaching to the test' for HCAHPS score improvement
Becker's Hospital Review
A recent report by Press Ganey identified communication with nurses as a "rising tide" patient experience measure - one that influences a host of other HCAHPS measures, including responsiveness of hospital staff, communication about medication and overall patient experience scores.

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ACOs widespread, yet challenged
HealthLeaders Media
While the number of accountable care organizations is increasing dramatically across the United States and showing quality and efficiency successes, many providers are struggling to implement the programs, often due to the wide range of required performance measures.
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Order sets: How to stay current with systematic reviews
EHR Intelligence
Order sets are a critical component to clinical care and that importance is reflected in the increasing requirements for computerized physician order entry during the next stages of the EHR Incentive Programs beginning with Stage 2 Meaningful Use. But there is much more to these order sets than achieving meaningful use, especially in terms of what they mean to quality care and patient safety.
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Mobile apps hold promise for HIPAA-compliant future
mHIMMS
Mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets are changing the way providers and payers do business. The ability to capture and transmit patient information when and where it is needed has made it easier for health plans and providers to coordinate and share information in real time, saving time and money. But the benefits of mobile technology can be undermined if the security and privacy of protected health information is compromised.
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Exploiting the value of electronic health records
By Mike Wokasch
With financial incentives provided to support the Afforable Care Act, physician offices, clinics and hospitals are gradually implementing electronic health records, and they will likely be a reality for most patients within the next couple of years. But even if every healthcare provider uses electronic health records, we will not be able to exploit the full potential of the available health information. Patient medical records will not be as portable as we might expect. So how does this get fixed?
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Stepping into accountable care through a health plan
Becker's Hospital Review
Making the leap into an accountable care model is no doubt difficult, leaving many hospitals and health systems uncertain if they can survive in a pay-for-performance world. A large part of providing accountable care is identifying and then managing the care of patients with chronic disease. To do that successfully, hospitals and physician groups need access to past and current patient data, which can be difficult to obtain.
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How to trim hospital equipment costs
FierceHealthcare
With new equipment crucial to high-quality care, hospitals need to find ways to trim equipment replacement budgets, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reported. The challenge is purchasing just enough equipment and technology to meet clinical needs. But hospitals can take several steps to avoid wasting millions of dollars on unnecessary equipment purchases.
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5 metrics for managing physician revenue
Healthcare Finance News
In a competitive healthcare marketplace like Dallas-Fort Worth, it's essential that a physician practice tightly manage its revenue cycle. While employed physicians may be more focused on stable compensation or lifestyle issues, optimization of the revenue cycle is key to both of those, as the general health of a practice relies upon it. To adequately monitor the revenue cycle, Texas Health Physicians Group follows five metrics it considers critical to physician revenue performance.
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