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ICD-10 will impact workers comp, non-HIPAA entities, too
EHR Intelligence
They might not have to play by all the same rules, but healthcare providers shouldn't forget the impact ICD-10 will have on non-HIPAA covered entities such as workers compensation, nursing homes, and home health agencies. While non-HIPAA entities are not mandated to switch to the new code set on Oct. 1, 2014, the changing tide will sweep them along with the complex transition whether they like it or not.
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ACOs, bundles and PCMHs: A trio of innovative payment models
By Brooke Andrus
Healthcare innovation isn't just about new techniques and technologies. As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to evolve — and hopefully improve — one of the most important areas of focus is payment models. Let's face it: Medical costs aren't getting any lower, and the system for reimbursement could definitely use some TLC. The following are three innovative payment models that have garnered substantial support among various leaders in the healthcare industry.
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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"

Online registration is now open! You can download the registration brochure or register online by clicking here.


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Zen and the art of revenue cycle maintenance
Health Data Management
Maintaining healthy revenue cycle operations is not easy. There are a million moving pieces and it is easy for routine maintenance items to fall to the bottom of the priority list. Left undone; however, a seemingly small chore can grow into a major problem, resulting in huge financial losses. Maintaining revenue cycle operations takes patience, focus and insight, just like Zen meditation. So, when the going gets tough, take a deep breath and be grateful that you have built a structure in which the right people are in the right places doing the right tasks. Ahhhh, breathe out.
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Upcoming webinars
AAHAM
'Part B Rebilling for Denied or Invalid Part A Claims', on Aug. 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health', on Sept. 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT Implications for Eligibility/Exchange Enrollment', on Sept. 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

CPAM summer webinar series, various dates

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The cost-benefit calculation of electronic health records systems
FierceHealthIT
It's discouraging to read that more than half of physicians say the costs of electronic health records systems outweigh the financial benefits. But it's also heartening to see that, in the survey of 1,200 employed and independent physicians, most agree the benefits to patient care do justify the investment.
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Using patient insight to improve patient satisfaction scores
ExecutiveInsight
A critical effect of the dynamic changes continuing to take place in healthcare, such as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is the rise of consumerism and, most importantly, the role of patient experience.

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How IPPS final rule affects medical coding
HealthLeaders Media
The final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule specifies how hospitals are to be paid for Medicare beneficiaries' inpatient care starting Oct. 1 and clarifies penalties to hospitals.

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Armed with bigger fines, Medicare to punish 2,225 hospitals for excess readmissions
Kaiser Health News
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government's campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released recently.

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Hospitalists take care transitions into their own hands
The Hospitalist
How can hospitalists know if the care-transition plans they've put in place to get their discharged patients back to their PCPs are working out? For the 18-member inpatient medicine group at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, the answer is simple: Ask the PCPs. "It's more important than ever for the transition from one service to the next to be smooth, with a very good handoff. That's where our hospitalist group and what we are doing comes in," says group leader O. George Mitri, MD, FACP, FHM.
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CMS mulls how to unseal Medicare doctor pay data
American Medical News
Medicare policy on disclosing individual physician payment data has been reopened for debate in light of recent legal challenges and administrative efforts to provide greater transparency on health spending. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is requesting comments on the potential release of payment information that could include the line-item details reported on claims for patient services, or aggregated data for individual physicians. The deadline for comment submissions is Sept. 5.
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Hospital design elements can lead to ROI
Healthcare Finance News
When it comes to hospital construction and design, the decisions around what is built and how it's built all have significant impact on not only an organization's bottom line, but also the quality of care given to patients. For many years it was difficult to get hospital executives interested in the concept of certain healthcare building design features, as well as "green" initiatives that could have a substantial impact on a hospital's long-term bottom line and ROI, said Roz Cama, board chair of the Center for Health Design and president and principal interior designer of Cama, Inc., a healthcare design firm.
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CFO Exchange: Healthcare reform breeds innovation
HealthLeaders Media
For a hospital or health system CFO, there's a lot to fear in today's marketplace. Volumes are down. Governments, employers and payers are ratcheting back reimbursement. Hospitals and health systems are becoming the focal point for disdain for many patients as more of their healthcare is being paid for out of their own pocket. In the following, CFOs from some the country's top hospitals and health systems share the exciting and often frustrating adaptations they're making to accommodate healthcare reform.
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Executive Dialogue: Hospital operations management
Hospitals and Health Networks
Reducing operational inefficiencies represents one of largest sources of potential savings in hospitals today. Patients wait to be admitted. Doctors wait for test results. Patients wait for treatment. Rooms wait to be cleaned. Every hour spent waiting represents an expense to the hospital that in aggregate costs the health care system billions of dollars each year.
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