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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
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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"

Register online NOW! You can download the registration brochure or register online by clicking here.

The room reservation deadline is Sept. 25, 2013! Click here to reserve your room.

Don't miss the unveiling of a Momentous Announcement about the AAHAM Certification Program at the ANI!

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Electronic records tied to fewer hospitalizations
Reuters
Switching from paper to electronic medical records at health clinics led to "modest reductions" in the number of people with diabetes that went to the emergency room or were hospitalized, in a new study. Researchers looking at before-and-after rates found both ER visits and hospital admissions dropped by between 5 and 6 percent once the computerized records were put in place, but that there was no change in the frequency of office visits.
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Cut labor costs with smarter scheduling
Healthcare Finance News
With labor costs in 2013 accounting for approximately 60 percent of hospital and health system operating budgets, many healthcare systems and hospitals have begun assessing high-labor cost areas with an eye to curbing those costs. In looking at ways to which healthcare organizations can achieve long-term fiscal sustainability even with shifting revenue and care delivery models, managing labor costs is among hospitals' top organizational priorities.
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Upcoming webinars
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'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

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Doctors are an untapped resource in understanding ACA
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Doctors and nurses, who are among the most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act in many patients' opinions, could play a valuable role in helping the public understand the law.

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HIPAA: Key changes and must-take steps for every provider
Becker's Hospital Review
While the HIPAA omnibus final rule officially went into effect March 16, a date more meaningful and pressing to providers is looming — the compliance deadline of Sept. 23.

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Medicare proposes flat facility fee for all ED visits
Modern Healthcare via The Advisory Board Company
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may do away with its sliding scale for ED overhead and staffing costs and instead pay hospitals a flat "facility" fee for all Medicare visits, regardless of treatment intensity.

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Minimizing the lost revenue risk of the ICD-10 transition
Diagnostic Imaging
The clock is ticking for ICD-10 compliance and healthcare providers face considerable challenges ahead. There are software upgrades to implement, training classes to administer, and the widely anticipated loss of productivity to absorb as clinical and clerical staff deploy a vastly different code set for filing claims.
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How the dynamics of physician alignment are changing
HealthLeaders Media
Population health and accountable care models continue to gain traction as the industry shifts away from the traditional fee-for-service provider payment structure. The 2013 Physician-Hospital Alignment Survey demonstrates that healthcare organizations are recasting their priorities to meet the expected requirements of industry reform. Not only are there changes in emphasis regarding employment models, but also there is increased pursuit of collaborative relationships and at-risk payment models.
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ONC offers guidance to providers ineligible for MU
Government Health IT
As it works to broaden health information exchange capabilities across the care continuum, the Office of the National Coordinator has drawn up a certification guidance aimed at technology developers serving specialized providers who are ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments. ONC officials say the guidance is meant to "serve as a building block for federal agencies and stakeholders" as they work with different communities to achieve interoperable electronic health information exchange.
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CMS issues final rule cutting $1.1 billion in Medicaid DSH payments
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has issued a final rule on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, cutting roughly $1.1 billion from the program over the next two fiscal years. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid DSH payments to hospitals will be cut by $18.1 billion from fiscal year 2014 to FY 2020. Medicaid DSH payments go to safety-net hospitals and health systems that treat high volumes of low-income populations. The Medicaid DSH cuts were put into the law because Medicaid expansion and the health insurance exchanges are expected to reduce uncompensated care levels at hospitals.
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Hospitals emerging as powerful healthcare sales force
The Washington Post
As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit people for enrollment in medical plans that go on sale in October under the healthcare overhaul, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign up consumers for the health-insurance marketplaces than hospitals themselves.
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