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ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What's the difference?
By Brooke Andrus
If you're a proponent of the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business. After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there's another old saying that goes something like, "You don't know what you're missing until you reach out and touch it." In this case, those still clinging to ICD-9 are completely overlooking the benefits of the new code set — things like improved interoperability, data-sharing, outcomes, and ultimately improved healthcare.
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5 best practices for a successful transition to value-based payments
Becker's Hospital Review
As hospitals and health systems move from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payments, various obstacles and challenges can stand in the way of a successful transition. Though there may be numerous challenges organizations can face during the transition to value-based payments, the following can help hospitals and health systems looking to make the switch to value-based reimbursement avoid those roadblocks.
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Overcoming barriers to decision support, CPOE
EHR Intelligence
The healthcare industry is sitting at the threshold of a unique point in time where the convergence of many technological advances could truly impact the future of care delivery in a dramatic way. When point-of-care clinical decision support strategies are positioned to work in tandem with EHRs, clinicians are ultimately armed with the best information to impact care delivery and outcomes.
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More nurses may reduce odds of penalties
Healthcare Finance News
A new study suggests that hospitals with higher nurse staffing levels may have lower odds of being penalized for readmissions. The study examined nurse-to-patient staffing levels and readmission penalties data from 2,826 hospitals across the country. As set out by the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that have excessive 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients admitted for heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia are penalized by reduced reimbursement.
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Meaningful use audits trip up some hospitals
Hospitals & Health Networks
Getting a hospital to the point where it appears to have qualified for Medicare bonus payments tied to the meaningful use of electronic health records can be difficult enough.

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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.

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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.

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Share your expertise with others
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Healthcare leaders say greatest financial efficiencies found in revenue cycle
ABL Advisor
HealthLeaders Media and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have released a new research report as part of their collaborative "Executive Insight" project, designed to provide healthcare executives with insight and solutions for the industry's top strategic challenges. The report, Opportunities from Financial Efficiencies, analyzes the results of this month's buzz survey, in which CFOs and other healthcare leaders are asked where they see the most opportunity for streamlining within their organizations. Of the financial leaders who participated in the survey, most say revenue cycle holds the greatest potential for efficiencies.
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Why hospitalists should focus on patient-care basics
The Hospitalist
We all are too familiar with the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, a standardized set of questions randomly deployed to recently discharged patients. More recently, hospitalists have noticed the introduction of the Clinician and Groups Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, randomly deployed to recently evaluated ambulatory patients. HCAHPS has been publicly reported since 2008. CG-CAHPS will be in the near future. In addition to these, there are a variety of other types of CAHPS surveys, ranging from ambulatory surgery to patient-centered medical homes. For HCAHPS alone, there are more than 8,200 adult surveys completed every day from almost 4,000 different U.S. hospitals.
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Study: EHRs a big factor in influencing physician satisfaction
Health Data Management
Physicians believing they provide or facilitate high-quality care have higher professional satisfaction and how they feel about their electronic health records system plays a big role in that satisfaction. Those are the key findings in a new study from RAND Corporation, which conducted in-depth surveys with 220 clinicians and administrators in 30 practices across six states.
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