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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • 1 tool you need to measure patient safety and quality
  • Pharmacists may be able to help prevent opioid overdoses
  • Does publicizing physicians' bad behavior help patients?
  • Hurricane Katrina and its impact on healthcare: 10 years after the storm
  • How OpenNotes and portals improve patient engagement
  • Healthcare systems require better clinical reference tools
  • Patient safety experts: Make hand hygiene, flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
    AAHAM
    The 2015 Annual National Institute will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida, from Oct. 14-16.

    Connect with others and expand your network with ANI events designed to maximize your opportunities for meeting a unique community of professionals who "do what you do." Enjoy this once a year, unique opportunity to network with colleagues and industry leaders from across the country, to share ideas and learn useful new solutions to your day-to-day challenges. AAHAM social events are an integral part of your learning and networking experience; a catalyst for building relationships in a fun and informative atmosphere.

    The hotel for the ANI at the Disney Swan and Dolphin is now sold out! There is a waiting list at our host hotel. Here are some alternate hotels you can still book rooms.

    Please do not wait until the last minute to book your room!

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    Disney All Star Sports Resort

    Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
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    1 tool you need to measure patient safety and quality
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    Do you know your hospital's bottom line in patient safety and quality? Tracking individual adverse event rates is important, but measuring a total patient harm rate is essential for hospitals and health care systems as they improve patient safety and quality. A total patient harm rate can be calculated and used to help connect the dots on improvement projects.
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    Pharmacists may be able to help prevent opioid overdoses
    UPI
    Researchers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island recommend in a new study promoting pharmacists as a method to educate and distribute naloxone shots to those at risk for overdose when using opioid-based painkillers. The study is meant to serve as a guideline to implement a naloxone program in the two states after Boston Medical Center received a $1.3 million grant to run a pilot program aimed at reducing addiction and death to the widely-prescribed, and abused, prescription painkillers.
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    Does publicizing physicians' bad behavior help patients?
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    An anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has received mixed reviews, with some industry experts calling it inflammatory, while others believe it sheds light on an important issue that needs to be addressed. In the essay, the author recounts instances when physicians behaved in an unprofessional manner that went undetected by patients.
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    Hurricane Katrina and its impact on healthcare: 10 years after the storm
    FierceHealthcare
    Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the shores of the United States and devastated New Orleans. The superstorm caused flooding, power outages, supply shortages, knocked out communications and left a million people displaced with little access to healthcare.
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    How OpenNotes and portals improve patient engagement
    mHealthIntelligence
    The healthcare industry has been focused on improving patient engagement across the medical care spectrum in efforts to boost health outcomes. Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have specific objectives centered on enhancing patient engagement. Healthcare providers have been aiming to meet these requirements, which has brought forth patient portal implementations throughout many hospitals and clinics.
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    Healthcare systems require better clinical reference tools
    Managed Healthcare Executive
    As reimbursements dwindle, operating margins tighten, and the cost of liability insurance skyrockets, healthcare delivery needs to be more efficient while simultaneously increasing the care quality that both patients and payers demand. Physicians see 15 to 20 patients daily. To keep up with this pace, digital clinical references must give physicians better information, faster than they do today.
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    Patient safety experts: Make hand hygiene, flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers
    FierceHealthcare
    Clinicians must no longer have the right to refuse to follow best practices for hand hygiene and influenza vaccinations, according to leading patient safety advocates in a Health Affairs blog post. Although there may be exceptions in the case of emergencies, healthcare organizations must demand 100 percent adherence to what board members of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute describe as "must do" practices, wrote Robert Wachter, M.D., professor and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, on behalf of the board.
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