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Cashing in on revenue cycle improvements
Becker's Hospital Review
Most healthcare providers recognize the importance of liquidity and treat the cash on their balance sheet as sacred. But defending the balance sheet is only part of the battle. Surprisingly, many managers fail to take the necessary steps to increase their liquidity position.
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Webinar: 'CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional'
AAHAM
Topic: CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional

When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, Dec. 11 or Jan. 8, noon - 12:30 p.m. EST

Speakers: AAHAM President Elect, Victoria DiTomaso, CRCE-I and AAHAM Second Vice President, John Currier, CRCE-I

Join us to learn all about the newest AAHAM certification, the Certified Revenue Cycle Professional. Find out about who should take this exam, the format, costs and what it means to your career development. There will also time to answer your questions!

We are offering this FREE webinar on three different dates to make it accessible to all of you! Choose Nov. 13, Dec. 11 or Jan. 8.

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Everyone earns 1 CEU for attending

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CMS: How to identify how ICD-10 codes will affect your medical practice
Government Health IT
In order to be fully prepared for the Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10 transition, you need to know exactly how ICD-10 will affect your practice. Although many people associate coding with submitting claims, in reality, ICD codes are used in a variety of processes within clinical practices, from registration and referrals to billing and payment. The following is a list of important questions created by CMS to help you think through where you use ICD codes and how ICD-10 will affect your practice.
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Congressional committee chairs agree on framework for SGR fix
Healthcare Finance News
The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided, a step that could put an end to the annual "doc fix" debate. The discussion draft recently released by the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees would do away with the Sustainable Growth Rate.
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Webinar: 'Social Media and Healthcare'
AAHAM
Topic: Social Media and Healthcare

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Randy Blue, Director of Sales for MediRevv

Registration Deadline: Payment must be received on or before Nov. 20. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 27.

Most businesses and healthcare organizations are using social media now. This basic level session will provide a general overview of what social media is. Learn how the major social media sites are being used, examples of how healthcare organizations are utilizing social media both well and poorly. Legal decisions regarding employer/employee rights pertaining to social media will be covered. Find out about the ten best practices for a healthcare executive's usage of LinkedIn.

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Avoiding EHR payment changes in 2015
EHR Intelligence
CMS has issued a reminder to professionals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to review their meaningful use practices to avoid payment adjustments in 2015.

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How ICD-10 implementation affects ED physicians
By Tom Ward, M.D., FACEP
The transition to ICD-10 may present yet another burden on the ED physician, but picking the right approach for generating ICD-10 codes can make a big difference.

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Providers, patients and finances: New guidelines offer a roadmap for communication
Becker's Hospital Review
In order to address that problem, HFMA recently published industry-wide best practices for improving and standardizing provider communication with patients about financial responsibilities.

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Federal EHR payouts hit record heights
Healthcare IT News
The federal dollars for providers and hospitals attesting to meaningful use keep on coming. As of September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has paid out more than $16.5 billion to eligible providers and hospitals, representing a slight decrease in attestation rates from earlier months, said Rob Anthony, deputy director at the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Service. But that decline was reportedly expected.
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Why ICD-10 is more about quality data, less about payment
EHR Intelligence
Until recently, much of the talk about ICD-10 has centered on the obstacles preventing health systems, hospitals and physician practices from preparing properly for Oct. 1, 2014. Moreover, concerns that the healthcare industry won't be ready in time tend to focus exclusively on what this lack of preparation means to reimbursement. According to Deb Neville, director of Revenue Cycle, Coding and Compliance at Elsevier/MC Strategies, an overemphasis on the payment side of things could lead people to miss the point of ICD-10 as a coding system.
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Patient engagement: Is it us or is it them?
MedPage Today
Much is being made of the Meaningful Use requirement to use secure online messaging to communicate with patients about relevant health information. The new Stage 2 measure requires that more than 5 percent of unique patients seen by the eligible professional during the reporting period were sent a secure message using the electronic messaging function of Certified EHR Technology. But to meet that goal, we have to get our patient population engaged and using our patient portal.
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MedPac: Next 3-year cycle of ACOs should involve more risk
FierceHealthcare
Medicare accountable care organizations should involve additional risk in their next three-year cycles, penalizing the ACOs when they don't meet spending targets, according to members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. The recommendations would mean a shift from an initial cycle of one-sided risk and a chance to share savings, but no penalties for not meeting spending goals, MedPAC members said.
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Recommendations from the HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 Pilot
Health Data Management
The results of the HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program have been released, and the authors recommend that any entity touched by the approaching deadline for the new coding system should take testing very seriously. "ICD-10-CM/PCS touches almost every aspect of the healthcare continuum," the authors concluded.
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    Providers, patients and finances: New guidelines offer a roadmap for communication
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Bringing the revenue cycle to the next level (Healthcare IT News)
Preparing for the productivity gap: Protecting your revenue when ICD-10 goes live
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