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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • 4 state Medicaid programs will not transition to ICD-10 by Oct. 1
  • Medicare penalties: What causes hospital readmissions?
  • Using the survey as a patient engagement tool
  • Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - academic study
  • EHR 'information overload' plagues clinic notes
  • The one trait that consistently high-performing health systems and hospitals share
  • Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives
  • In the age of Ebola and superbugs, interest grows in copper as infection prevention
  • 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!

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    4 state Medicaid programs will not transition to ICD-10 by Oct. 1
    iHealthBeat
    Four state Medicaid programs have received CMS approval to delay fully transitioning to ICD-10 code sets by the Oct. 1 deadline to do so, Modern Healthcare reports. U.S. healthcare organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets by Oct. 1 to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures.
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    Medicare penalties: What causes hospital readmissions?
    Healthline
    After leaving the hospital, most patients don't want to return any time soon. That's a goal Medicare shares. Since 2012, Medicare has penalized hospitals where higher-than-average rates of patients with certain conditions — such as heart failure and pneumonia — return within a month of discharge.
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    Using the survey as a patient engagement tool
    mHealthNews
    When patients leave a medical appointment with unanswered questions or concerns, they'll look for answers online. Then they'll look for a new doctor. Healthcare providers are looking to counter this gap in communications with something that's been a staple in the retail and hospitality industries for some time: The survey. And they're using the survey platform as an entry point to patient engagement – not only for measuring patient satisfaction, but to maintain a care coordination program at home.
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    Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - academic study
    Reuters
    Americans are paying way over the odds for some modern cancer drugs, with pharmaceutical companies charging up to 600 times what the medicines cost to make, according to an independent academic study. The United States also pays more than double the price charged in Europe for these drugs - so-called tyrosine kinase inhibitors, a potent class of cancer pills with fewer side effects than chemotherapy.
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    EHR 'information overload' plagues clinic notes
    HealthLeaders Media
    Physicians feel frustrated and angry about what they describe as needless information that clutters patient notes in electronic medical records systems, research shows.
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    The one trait that consistently high-performing health systems and hospitals share
    H&HN
    Consistently high-performing health systems and hospitals share a common trait. Their leadership teams are exceptionally humble. Regardless of the organization's many accomplishments, including local, state and national awards, their board members, senior executives and physician leaders realize excellence is an ongoing journey, not a destination.
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    Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives
    The Washington Post
    Most Americans who go to the doctor will get a diagnosis that is wrong or late at least once in their lives, sometimes with terrible consequences, according to report released by an independent panel of medical experts. This critical type of healthcare error is far more common than medication mistakes or surgery on the wrong patient or body part.
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    In the age of Ebola and superbugs, interest grows in copper as infection prevention
    FierceHealthcare
    Copper's potential as a safeguard against hospital-acquired infections is generating renewed interest as hospitals work to avoid deadly superbugs or potential outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola, the Washington Post reports. Copper surfaces in hospitals have long been discussed as a potential method of reducing the risk of infection, with one study finding they cut infections by more than half in intensive care units.
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    Upcoming Webinars
    10 Best Practices for Payer Contracting; a Roadmap for Successful Negotiations

    Method to the Madness: 10 Payment Collection Strategies that Work

    When: WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    Speaker: Colleen Wood, MBA, Vice President, Atlantic Coast Region at Availity

    This timely, beginner level webinar will provide you with best-practice guidance from patient access experts, lessons learned and leading market research. Payment must be received on or before Sept. 23. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 27. Everyone earns 3 CEU's for attending.

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    Topic: The Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP)
    When: WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.EDT
    Speakers: Brenda Chambers, Revenue Integrity Director for Parallon Business Solutions


    Join us at this exciting FREE webinar to learn all about the AAHAM Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP) certification. Find out about who should take this exam, the format, costs and what it means to your career development. There will also time to answer your questions! Payment must be received on or before Oct. 20. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Oct. 23. Everyone earns 2 CEU's for attending.

    Click here to download the full description and printable order form.

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