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The quality disconnect
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Hospitals are under pressure to provide payers and others with more immediate access to quality measures. But the data that's being collected now is not aligned with how it should and could be collected. More

Top 10 healthcare IT hazards
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Health care leaders should be on special alert for three serious hazards that increasingly threaten both patients and providers with harm, says the ECRI Institute's Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report for 2013. More

EHR problem lists: Docs say more info is better
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Physicians are more likely to want more conditions on the patient problem list in electronic health records even though that information might be duplicated elsewhere in the record, according to a study published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Problem lists are subjective, involve multiple providers and lack overall standards or policy as information is shared among healthcare organizations, the authors note. More

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4 ways to prevent medical billing mistakes
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There comes a time where you should probably stop blaming payers for medical billing mistakes, especially if your claims denial rate is higher than the 4 percent the MGMA touts as an efficient benchmark. What does your practice's denial rate look like? While mistakes in processes as tedious as medical billing will continue creeping up on you, there is plenty of hope for those of you wishing to eliminate headaches. More

Medicare, Medicaid EHR meaningful use payments surpass $8 billion in October
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Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments have surpassed $8 billion since its inception, with $8.36 billion paid out to 165,800 eligible physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of October. Final figures will be available later this month as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services captures more complete data. More

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How to foster physician buy-in for ACOs
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In a survey released earlier this year by Merritt Hawkins for The Physicians Foundation, many physicians expressed that they would be reluctant to participate in an accountable care organization. In fact, less than 10 percent of the surveyed physicians believed that ACOs are likely to enhance the quality and decrease the cost of healthcare. If physicians do not believe the new healthcare delivery model will be effective, it may be difficult to get them to participate whole-heartedly, and physician involvement is extremely important in the success of integrated systems. More

Fight procrastination: 5 tricks to outsmart your own distractible mind
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For those who are the managers — even if only of ourselves — there's nobody there to steer you back when your mind wanders, to offer words of encouragement when a project refuses to cooperate or reprimand when we get tangled in non-work-related parts of the World Wide Web. The following, in no particular order, are some of tricks and tools that might help to keep you from having to fire yourself. More

Stage 2 Meaningful Use specifications now available
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The sheets list the objective, measure and exclusion for each core and menu objective, in addition to a definition of terms, attestation requirements and corresponding standards and certification criteria. More

Better practice efficiency comes with automation
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Encounter forms, charge tickets, note cards. When it comes to physician documentation of professional charge information for reimbursement, putting pen to paper (maybe even a napkin) is still a heavily relied upon ­approach. Despite software advances, high physician adoption of automated processes remains elusive for many practices, and it's costing them money. More

States try to innovate with health exchanges
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States should use their creation of health insurance exchanges required by the 2010 healthcare law to create prevention programs aimed at promoting long-term savings, experts say, but state officials argue that those "wish lists" might have to wait so states can meet their deadlines. 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.

Medicare finalizes physician pay for new care coordination benefit
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The Medicare program starting in January 2013 will pay doctors for care coordination services when transferring patients to skilled nursing facilities, according to new coverage policy detailed in the final Medicare physician fee schedule published Nov. 1. More

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