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It's not too late to register 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.

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

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Bundled payments feasibility tested
Healthcare Finance News
After almost a year of preparation, 450 healthcare organizations begin taking part in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative this month. The goal is to evaluate if paying for care by episodes really can improve quality and reduce Medicare's costs. Bundled payments are still relatively untested at scale, and providers are learning that this pilot is only one option for moving bundled payments forward.
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New rules for value-based purchasing, readmission penalties, admissions
The Hospitalist
October is the beginning of a new year — in this case, fiscal-year 2014 for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It's a time when the new rules kick in. This month, we'll look at some highlights, focusing on the new developments affecting your practice. Because you are held accountable for hospital-side performance on programs such as hospital value-based purchasing and the Readmissions Reduction Program, a working knowledge of the 2014 edition of the programs is crucial.
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How the government shutdown affects healthcare
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded.

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Can hospitals pay patients' health insurance premiums?
HealthLeaders Media
What if hospitals covered monthly premium payments to encourage patients to enroll in the new health insurance exchange markets, especially for people with higher risks of hospitalization in the coming year?

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CMS issues guidance on 'two midnights' hospital payment rule
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has released answers to frequently asked questions about its new regulation that generally considers inpatient admissions spanning two midnights as qualifying for payment under Medicare Part A.

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How pricing transparency will change hospital benchmarking
Becker's Hospital Review
Healthcare price transparency is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for hospitals and health systems. In March, journalist Steven Brill got Americans talking about pricing with his TIME cover story, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," which investigated hospital billing practices. Then, in May, CMS released hospital chargemaster data to the public for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups. In June, the agency also published data from calendar year 2011 on hospital-specific charges for the 30 most common ambulatory payment classifications, or APCs, for hospitals paid under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment basis. State policymakers are also driving the trend toward healthcare cost transparency.
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Which types of providers are closer to ICD-10 compliance?
EHR Intelligence
Not all providers are created equal when it comes to being ready for ICD-10 come Oct. 1, 2014. According to a study conducted by AAPC Client Services, certain doctors are closer to having their documentation in a state sufficient for ICD-10. On average, only 63 percent of clinicians have documentation that meets the upcoming standards for specificity.
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Healthcare providers face tougher HIPAA rules
HealthLeaders Media
More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines, and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive their medical records in a timely fashion.
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A nurse's perspective: How HCAHPS surveys relate to healthcare's mission
Health Facilities Management
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. HCAHPS scores are included among the measures to calculate value-based incentive payments in the hospital value-based purchasing program. The survey's goals include producing data about patients' perceptions of their care as well as creating new incentives for hospitals to improve quality care through public reporting.
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Hospitals' fixed costs drive up healthcare expenditures
FierceHealthcare
Despite national calls to reduce costly hospitalizations and readmissions and enhance primary care, such initiatives don't always take off because they hurt hospitals' bottom line, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. That's because hospitals still have to pay for fixed costs regardless of how many patients they admit or if their services aren't used. And hospitals that carry more fixed costs find it more problematic to have fewer admissions.
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