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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • Preventing hospital readmissions
  • Senate ready to provide legislative fix to EHR problems
  • As outpatient care gains steam, one Texas hospital adopts a short-stay model
  • It's time to modernize the HIPAA privacy rule
  • Underwear, tattoos, and patient safety
  • The graying of the US healthcare workforce
  • Healthcare compensation targeted by public, government amid budget concerns
  • Obamacare rates to rise 4 percent in California for 2016
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
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    Preventing hospital readmissions
    Medical Economics
    Traditionally, physicians have had a professional desire to keep their patients out of the hospital, but "no economic skin in the game," says Lance Lang, MD, medical director of the California Quality Collaborative, a healthcare improvement organization. The growing number of accountable care organizations and other bundled reimbursement models is changing that equation, he says.
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    Senate ready to provide legislative fix to EHR problems
    Health Data Management
    As chairman of the Senate health committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is at the epicenter of congressional efforts to delay Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Speaking on Monday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, Alexander discussed the current state of electronic health records and potential legislative fixes.
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    As outpatient care gains steam, one Texas hospital adopts a short-stay model
    FierceHealthcare
    To address an increased demand for outpatient services and a surplus of inpatient beds, one Texas hospital plans to create a short-stay center — and it's a move that other other hospitals across the country may want to consider. Despite a recent uptick in inpatient use, industry experts expect declining inpatient volumes to continue and care shifting to outpatient settings.
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    It's time to modernize the HIPAA privacy rule
    Forbes
    Here is a thought-provoking statement about the HIPAA privacy and security rules: These rules were required by the 1996 legislation to support the exchange of health information. They were intended to provide limits and protections on the exchange of information, and were not added after the fact as a reaction against free information exchange.
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    Underwear, tattoos, and patient safety
    HealthLeaders Media
    As one healthcare system lays down the law with strict rules around employee dress — to the point of mandating underwear — it's worth asking what dress codes are really for. And is it time to relax them?
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    The graying of the US healthcare workforce
    By Christina Thielst
    The baby boomer generation started reaching retirement age in 2011. As millions of baby boomers are starting to need the additional healthcare services that come with aging, the healthcare industry is considering their labor options. At the same time more workers will be needed, a wave of older healthcare workers will also be retiring.
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    Healthcare compensation targeted by public, government amid budget concerns
    Healthcare Finance
    As patients, consumers, governments and the media are all following the money in healthcare, more scrutiny than ever is falling on executive compensation in the industry. In 2009, as layoffs continued at unemployment hit a 25 year record of 10 percent, the top executives at nonprofit hospitals earned an average of $600,000, with CEOs in the highest 10 percent getting an average of $1.66 million, according to a study by Harvard researchers.
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    Obamacare rates to rise 4 percent in California for 2016
    Los Angeles Times
    California's Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4 percent average rate increase for the second year in a row, defying dire predictions about health insurance sticker shock across the country. The modest price increases for 2016 may be welcome news for many of the 1.3 million Californians who buy individual policies through the state marketplace, known as Covered California.
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    If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

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    Aug. 5 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT Management

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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.

    The webinar dates are:
    Aug. 5 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT Revenue Cycle Management

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

    When: WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT
    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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