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Tips for protecting against a costly data breach
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At the same time the government is encouraging healthcare providers, doctors and insurance companies to digitize healthcare information, the landscape for attacking that info is increasing dramatically. Data beaches occur routinely, but data security experts warn about the vastly higher cost of waiting until a breach occurs, than doing the upfront work to prevent it. More

How to focus your self-pay patient collection efforts
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It costs a practice twice as much to collect from patients as it does to collect from payers. Concentrate your collection efforts on the nudgers, patients who are likely to pay their medical bills with some additional prodding. More

Take a hard look at EHR costs, benefits
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Most healthcare organizations don't measure the overall success of their electronic health record systems, according to a survey of 300 healthcare executives by Beacon Partners, a Boston-based healthcare management consulting firm. More

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5 hospital rules that are meant to be challenged
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Each industry has its own unique set of workplace operating procedures, rules and norms. Hospitals, like any other workplace, require rules. There are job descriptions that provide roles for employees, policies and procedures that exist to enhance patient safety, regulations that guide compliance with existing safety laws and, of course, employees who carry out all of those responsibilities. But during the day-to-day operations of a hospital, just as in your organization, patients and families may bump up against rules that really aren't rules, but responses that have been crafted over time. More

Report: Average health insurer rate hike 1.4 percent lower than requested
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Early results of state government rate reviews on health insurer premium increases suggest insurers are no longer receiving rubberstamped rate hikes, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, any health insurer that requests a premium rate increase of 10 percent or more for individuals and small businesses are subject to a rate review program by the state insurance department. If a state does not have a proper rate review program, HHS makes the final call on the premium rate requests. More

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Discrepancies raise questions about database information quality
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A new study has found a "clinically important" level of discrepancy — including 11 patients listed as both dead and alive — in a major national database, raising questions about its data quality as a source for research. More

HIPAA may prevent pediatricians from taking up SMS messaging
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The University of Kansas School of Medicine recently launched a survey to determine where the pulse of pediatricians was in terms of contact methods. They presented the findings of said survey, covering 106 physicians in pediatric hospital settings, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and those findings brought out some very new — not to mention a bit controversial — results about what pediatricians preferred in terms of keeping in touch with hospital staff. More

A few considerations for stepping up from ICD-9 to ICD-10
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An integral part of switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is preparing for changes in how you do business. Among the factors that need to be taken into consideration are registration, referrals, clinical documentation, coding resources, superbills and software upgrades. More

Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators. This is another supplement to our campaign encouraging them to support the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance! Working through Paul in Washington, we have gained recognition for our work on this! Let's keep it moving! Thank you for your continued support and participation.

Study: Nurses' satisfaction with CPOE increases over time
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Nurses' level of satisfaction with computerized provider order entry systems tends to increase over time, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The study found that physicians and nurses were "moderately satisfied" with CPOE systems and that nurses initially were less satisfied with CPOE systems than doctors. Over the course of one year, overall satisfaction levels remained steady for physicians and improved for nurses. After one year, nurses' satisfaction level matched that of physicians. More

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