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Health information exchanges gain newfound doctor interest
American Medical News
Now that physicians have become comfortable with having electronic health records in their practices, they are ready for more advanced uses of the technology, including participation in health information exchanges. That was one of the many revelations that came from Fifth Annual Ambulatory Practice Management and EHR Study conducted by HIMSS Analytics, published in June. The survey of 846 ambulatory practices, almost half of which were practices with fewer than 10 physicians, found that 46 percent said their organization had plans to join a health information exchange. This was up from 43 percent a year ago.
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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
AAHAM
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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Analytics help hospital cut readmissions by 25 percent
FierceHealthIT
El Camino Hospital in California reduced readmissions by 25 percent through the use of predictive analytics and videoconferencing with nursing home staff who care for the most high-risk patients, according to a newly published case study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The 443-bed hospital based in Mountain View, Calif., identified 25 characteristics that could help predict whether readmission would be likely and grouped patients by low, medium or high risk.
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Q&A: What hospital readmissions statistics mean for consumers
PBS News via Kaiser Health News
The federal government began fining hospitals based on how many Medicare patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge in October. They track three specific conditions: heart failure, congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

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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.

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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.

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6 benefits of integrating ICD-10 codes
PhysBizTech
The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in October 2014 goes hand in hand with the goal of healthcare reform to improve quality and decrease the cost of care. With more than 171,000 codes as compared to just 17,849 in ICD-9, ICD-10 will provide a much more accurate method of quantifying the level of care. The transition will have a far-reaching impact on all populations of healthcare organizations, including physicians.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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CMS data: 95 percent of Medicare RAC 'corrections' are overpayments
HealthDataManagement
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are increasingly successful at finding overpayments, but the amount of underpayments the contractors unearth continues to dwindle, according to data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Healthcare reform puts a squeeze on revenue cycle
HealthLeaders Media
Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organizations' bottom lines. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed, in part, to provide more patients with health insurance through expanded Medicaid eligibility and the introduction of government-run health insurance exchanges that will allow low-income individuals to purchase medical coverage at a subsidized rate.
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Hospitals threaten Obamacare savings by exiting program
Bloomberg
Almost one-third of 32 hospitals and health systems involved in an experiment aimed at changing the way medical providers are paid may exit the program, a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act's ambitious cost-saving goals. Medicare's "Pioneer" program is designed to save money by more efficiently managing care for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and dementia. The providers agreed to a three-year plan to forgo traditional fee-for-service payments, where hospitals charge for every procedure, and instead get a fixed monthly stipend for individual patients.
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How will pay-for-performance affect hospital revenue in FY 2014?
Becker's Hospital Review
Pay-for-performance programs within the federal healthcare law are well under way, and hospitals and health systems across the country are bracing for either padded Medicare payments or penalties. Two of the major pay-for-performance programs are the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction program. According to CMS' proposed rule for the inpatient prospective payment system in fiscal year 2014, hospitals will lose up to 2 percent of Medicare payments for excessive readmissions. Meanwhile, hospitals will have 1.25 percent of their Medicare payments withheld for value-based purchasing, resulting in $1.1 billion in redistributed incentive pay.
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