Getting proactive on hospital readmissions
McKnight's Long-Term Care News Share
Hospital readmissions have been a hot topic during the past two years as the federal government attempts to stem skyrocketing healthcare costs through improved patient care. Hospitals have a particularly timely interest in cutting readmissions. As part of last year's healthcare reform legislation, beginning in October 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin to levy penalties on hospitals for patients who are readmitted within 30 days of being discharged. But long-term care providers also have plenty at stake as it relates specifically to hospital readmissions, and working to reduce them. More
Deadline today for upcoming webinar: The 5010 Transition, Progress as Promised
When: Nov. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: David Dyke, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Solutions of Relay Health
Program focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will provide insight into the testing and transition progress of the industry as the deadlines approach. Specific focus will be made on progress across the industry, changes across the transaction sets, testing and lessons learned (so far).
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Oct. 26. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 2. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
Hospitals work to lower 30-day readmission rates
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Share
Hospitals across the nation are increasingly working with home healthcare providers, nursing homes and family doctors to better coordinate care beyond their walls to ensure discharged patients don't end up back through their doors just days or weeks later. While key to improving the quality of care, failing to reduce readmissions could soon put hospitals at risk of losing millions of federal dollars. More
MBMA: HIPAA 5010 contingency plan needed
Healthcare IT News Share
The Medical Group Management Association is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a HIPAA 5010 contingency plan permitting health plans to adjudicate claims that may not have all the required data. MGMA's research suggests that critical coordination among many practices and their trading partners has not yet occurred. More
Web-based appointment scheduling, payment options offer convenience
Dermatology Times via Modern Medicine Share
Doctors increasingly are referring patients to secure websites to fill out needed forms, make payments and even schedule office visits. Web-based options offer convenience for patients, ease paperwork for office staff and keep appointments flowing for practitioners. More
The 5 ICD-10 tasks you should have done by now
Government Health IT Share
Compliance with ICD-10 is a significant effort that spans many parts of healthcare organizations. The scope is massive and, perhaps even more daunting is the fact that the healthcare industry does not have experience with equivalent transitions. There simply is limited institutional knowledge to draw on and the "unknown unknowns" are a legitimate cause for concern. So what should have done by now? More
CMS spotlights physician-friendly changes in final ACO rule
American Medical News Share
The agency overseeing Medicare has published its final regulations for accountable care organizations, including changes intended to make it easier for physicians to participate in and lead them. More
US healthcare costs climb 5.73 percent over 12 months
HealthLeaders Media Share
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.73 percent over the 12 months ending in August, representing a fourth straight month of modest acceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. The index posted its lowest annual growth rate in its six-year history — up 5.37 percent in April 2011. Since then, the rate of growth accelerated slightly each month. More
Upcoming webinar: Payment and Compliance Issues Surrounding Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries
When: Dec. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Jason Johnson and Todd Doze of Healthcare Payment Specialists
Program focus: This intermediate level educational webinar will discuss how to improve your Indirect Medical Education/Graduate Medical Education/Nursing and Allied Health reimbursement as well as your HITECH Meaningful Use incentive payments by identifying and billing your Medicare Advantage stays (shadow billing).
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Nov. 23. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 30. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
4 tips for hospitals preparing for HIPAA 5010
Becker's Hospital Review Share
Healthcare organizations have a little less than three months to meet the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for HIPAA 5010 implementation. While CMS reported no major errors during its HIPAA 5010 testing week, hospitals need to ensure vigilance in implementation, as any delays could significantly affect the organization's revenue cycle, putting it at risk for returned or rejected claims. Eric Mueller, president of WPC Services, offers four tips for meeting HIPAA 5010 guidelines. More
More patients skip surgery, put up with pain, due to economy
Reuters via MSNBC Share
With 14 million Americans searching for work, lack of health insurance is one reason some people are putting off medical procedures such as joint surgery. For those who do have jobs and insurance, the fear of being expendable at work combined with sticker shock from rising out-of-pocket expenses is a deterrent to getting care. Some older patients are even waiting until they are eligible for the government-funded Medicare program at the age of 65. More
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