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  • The Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP)
  • Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions
  • Insured Americans spent more on medical services in 2013 but utilized them less
  • Apps: The next frontier to the electronic medical record
  • Is Meaningful Use responsible for limited EHR usability?
  • Fighting Medicare fraud on the front lines
  • ACOs show progress in improving patient satisfaction, study finds
  • Study recommends integrating housing data with health data to improve patient medical care
  • Coordinated care and patient engagement
  • Medicare payment rules for FY 2015 have health IT implications




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    Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions
    FierceHealthcare
    One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found. That extra day slashed the risk of death for patients treated for pneumonia by 22 percent. Mortality for heart attack patients was cut by 7 percent, as were readmission rates, according to an announcement detailing the findings.
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    Insured Americans spent more on medical services in 2013 but utilized them less
    Managed Healthcare Executive
    Americans in 2013 spent a slightly more on medical services than the prior year but utilized them less, according to a new report by the Health Care Cost Institute. The report looked at claims data for nearly 40 million Americans aged 65 and younger who were covered by employer-sponsored health insurance.
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    Apps: The next frontier to the electronic medical record
    Boston Business Journal
    The iPhone inspired Dr. Kenneth Mandl. A Harvard professor in the Boston Children's Hospital's informatics program, Mandl watched as different devices all used the same app, created by innovators outside of the phone companies. He took note as competition drew apps to further sophistications, and as updates occurred automatically.
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    Is meaningful use responsible for limited EHR usability?
    EHRintelligence.com
    As its name clearly indicates, meaningful use places emphasis on the adoption of certified EHR technology and more specifically describes the quality EHR use must take, but meaningful use has missed the mark in defining EHR usability from the end-user's perspective according to Nancy Fabozzi of Frost & Sullivan.
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    Fighting Medicare fraud on the front lines
    AARP
    Nearly 2,000 people around the country who collectively billed Medicare $6 billion have been charged with crimes since the Justice Department's Medicare Fraud Strike Force was formed in 2007. The number of health care prosecutions last year hit a record based on charges, guilty pleas and convictions.
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    ACOs show progress in improving patient satisfaction, study finds
    Becker's Hospital Review
    Accountable care organization patients reported greater satisfaction with some aspects of their care after one year in the program, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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    Study recommends integrating housing data with health data to improve patient medical care
    Medical Xpress
    A study to be released in the November issue of Health Affairs shows that integrating community housing data on such code violations as mold and cockroaches with health data can identify at-risk geographical areas of medical concern and help target patients for medical interventions.
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    Coordinated care and patient engagement
    Healthcare Finance News
    The healthcare breakthrough of the 21st century may not come in the form of a miracle drug from the pharmaceutical industry. Rather, it's more likely to emerge from the ways caregivers interact and motivate patients.
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    Medicare payment rules for FY 2015 have health IT implications
    iHealthBeat
    Under the final rules, Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2015, will expand its covered telehealth services to include wellness and behavioral health visits for beneficiaries. In addition, the rules will allow physicians to bill Medicare $40 per patient per month for non-face-to-face chronic care management services for patients with more than one chronic condition.
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