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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • Health spending slows, but Americans still squeezed hard
  • How HIM professionals can play a role in telehealth services
  • Survey: EHRs have positive impact on healthcare, and most like them
  • Hospitals make little progress on heart failure readmissions
  • CMS awards $110 million for patient safety
  • Study: Health insurance deductibles outpacing wage increases
  • FDA launches patient engagement committee
  • Upcoming Webinars

  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
    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!
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    ONC: Docs sharing data more with patients than other providers
    Physicians increasingly are sharing patient health information, but are doing so more with patients than with other providers, according to a new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The brief, which attributes payment reform as the primary driver for the change, found that 57 percent of physicians electronically shared health information with patients in 2014, up from 46 percent in 2013.
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    mHealth security: Breach prevention
    mHealth News
    Health systems used to be able to secure personal health information by locking up all the files at the end of the day. Those days are long gone. The advent of mobile technology means that today's healthcare providers not only have to deal with staff and patients with mobile devices, but computer networks and wired and wireless equipment that could be hacked. And don't forget the supply chain, linen services, food prep and delivery, janitorial services, even the little mom and pop stores that accept online orders and deliver flowers and Teddy Bears.
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    Evidence grows that hospital design can improve outcomes
    Hospital design can improve clinical outcomes along with patient satisfaction, the Harvard Business Review reported. In fact, research now shows that the proper design can prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections, reduce patient pain and shorten hospital stays.
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    Technology becoming a bigger healthcare feature
    MediaPost Communications
    The craze over fitness trackers may have reached a plateau, but those that are wearing them are beginning to use them to make changes not just in their fitness, but in reporting their overall health.
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    Focus on post-acute appointments reduces cardiac readmissions, costs
    HealthLeaders Media
    The American College of Cardiology's "See You in 7," can help to reduce heart-related readmissions, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of JACC: Heart Failure. The study focused on 10 Michigan hospitals that were participating in the See You in 7 initiative, which calls on healthcare professionals to make sure that all heart failure and heart attack patients have a follow-up appointment scheduled with their doctor (or a cardiac rehabilitation referral), within seven days of their hospital discharge.
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    The evolution of ACOs and what it may look like in the future
    Accountable care organizations have had early signs of success but the care delivery model continues to undergo changes to meet the needs of providers who strive to improve care and lower costs. Despite the frequent changes, the ACO model is definitely here to stay. Indeed, the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it will tie half of fee-for-service payments to alternative payment models by 2018 has made the model more significant than ever.
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    Coalition for ICD-10, CMS release post-ICD-10 statements
    RevCycle Intelligence
    ICD-10 implementation is officially underway as Oct. 1, has now come and gone. Physicians, healthcare providers, and healthcare professionals are allegedly still standing, albeit perhaps merely for now. As reported, despite the presence of a grace period, 93 percent of physicians expect ICD-10 payment delays to occur shortly.
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    Securing electronic health records on mobile devices
    By Christina Thielst
    Healthcare providers are breaking free from the nursing station and using mobile devices to receive, store, process and transmit patient clinical information from where they happen to be located, when the need presents itself. Sometimes, this is in a cafe over lunch with colleagues or while waiting for their child's baseball game to begin on a Saturday morning.
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    Upcoming Webinars
    Topic: The Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP)
    When: TUESDAY, 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.

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