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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • Hospital readmissions for sepsis are highly common, extremely costly
  • Administration proposes rules to modernize nursing home safety
  • Patient experience officers on the rise
  • Reform to resident physicians' work hours does not improve surgical patient safety
  • 10 things to know about the 21st Century Cures Act
  • Slideshow: 12 critical budget items for EHR go-live
  • Hospital with repeat security failures hit with $218,000 HIPAA fine
  • Expert: Bundled payments a better model than accountable care organizations
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
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    Hospital readmissions for sepsis are highly common, extremely costly
    Medical Xpress
    The Affordable Care Act created several national initiatives aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attacks, congestive heart failure and other common high-risk conditions. But there is still no national program intended to address sepsis, a potentially life-threatening illness caused by infection.
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    Administration proposes rules to modernize nursing home safety
    Kaiser Health News and NPR
    After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The hundreds of pages of proposed changes cover everything from meal times to use of antipsychotic drugs to staffing. Some are required by the Affordable Care Act and other recent federal laws, as well as the president's executive order directing agencies to simplify regulations and minimize the costs of compliance.
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    Patient experience officers on the rise
    mHealthNews
    Sean Keyser's job is to gauge how people feel. He's not a psychiatrist or New Age guru. He's the vice president of patient experience at Novant Health. And if the concept of an executive-level position at a major health system devoted to people's feelings seems unusual, well, get used to it. And quickly.
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    Reform to resident physicians' work hours does not improve surgical patient safety
    Medical Xpress
    Work hour restrictions for resident physicians, revised nationally four years ago largely to protect patients against physician trainees' fatigue-related errors, have not had the desired effect of lowering postoperative complication rates in several common surgical specialties, according to new study results. The study was published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication later this year.
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    10 things to know about the 21st Century Cures Act
    Becker's Health IT & CIO Review
    The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 6, also known as the 21st Century Cures Act, which supports healthcare innovation infrastructure. Following the passage of the bill in the House, the bill is now in the Senate. Here are 10 things to know about the 21st Century Cures Act.
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    Slideshow: 12 critical budget items for EHR go-live
    Health Data Management
    Implementing any electronic health record is expensive, whether it's a first go-live or whether an organization is transitioning to a new system. Hayes Management Consulting offers some proven tips around budget development that can save organizations time, money and the headache of correcting costly mistakes later in the implementation process.
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    Hospital with repeat security failures hit with $218,000 HIPAA fine
    Healthcare IT News
    Does your hospital permit employees to use a file-sharing app to store patients' protected health information? Better think again. A Massachusetts hospital is paying up and reevaluating its privacy and security policies after a file-sharing complaint and following a HIPAA breach.
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    Expert: Bundled payments a better model than accountable care organizations
    Healthcare Finance News
    A former advisor to President Barack Obama is warning healthcare providers to embrace bundled payments as accountable care organizations fall behind in reaping savings from value-based payment models. According to Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, and Topher Spiro, accountable care organizations, the much-hoped-for drivers of delivery and payment transformation, aren't working so well.
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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!

    Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for each study session attended

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

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

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    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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