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4 key lessons from Blessing Hospital's revenue cycle overhaul
Becker's Hospital Review
Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., used to struggle with its revenue cycle. The day to day was done on paper rather than electronically, and the hospital lacked the tools it needed to make the revenue cycle seamless, according to Blessing Hospital Large Project Lead Michelle Wolfmeyer. In 2010, however, the hospital took action to change that. The following are a few tips to help revamp your revenue cycle.
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Can CMS delay enforcement of ICD-10 compliance?
ICD 10 Watch
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services won't budge on the ICD-10 implementation deadline. They insist the federal government will be ready and healthcare organizations need to be ready. But that doesn't stop a healthcare professional from dreaming. "No, I'm not talking about the American Medical Association's vigorous opposition to ICD-10 implementation," writes Carl Natale.
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How clinical documentation helps RCM
Healthcare IT News
As they work to bolster their bottom lines, many hospitals have taken a hard look at their clinical documentation strategies. Indeed, putting a documentation improvement program in place can be key to long-term financial stability. Such programs can directly drive revenue cycle management. The following discusses six tips to get your clinical documentation improvement program to boost your hospital’s bottom line.
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CMS sets 2014 pay rates for hospital outpatient and physician services
HealthLeaders Media
The Obama administration recently released two final rules dictating how doctors and outpatient hospital facilities will receive payment starting Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015, with two key changes for physician fee schedules and outpatient payments.
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Physicians lead on new payment models
Healthcare Finance News
The need for new payment models is well known and understood in the physician community. The current fee-for-service system is unsatisfactory, both from a payment perspective and quality of care perspective, and it is getting in the way of accelerating new payment and care delivery models.

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AMA passes recommendations for payment models that support new approaches to team-based healthcare
American Medical Association
Team-based healthcare delivery models are quickly emerging as the preferred method for providing coordinated, cost-effective, high-quality healthcare for patients.

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Private website touted as interim alternative to HealthCare.gov
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite doubts from many, President Barack Obama remains confident that the technical glitches that overshadowed the launch of the federal health insurance exchange in October are now fixed.

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Why your EMR should tailor to physical therapy, not meaningful use
By Brooke Andrus
If you're in the market for an electronic medical record program, you already know there are tons of options out there. And as a savvy shopper, you're probably trying to whittle down your list of "maybes" to a few "very likely" candidates before you have to make a final decision. With features galore, it might be tough to figure out which ones will be most beneficial to you and your practice. And on top of that, some EMRs are certified for a particular purpose, such as meaningful use.
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Readmission penalties for COPD diagnoses slated for 2014
The Hospitalist
Next October, when COPD is added to the list of diagnoses for which hospital readmissions penalties are calculated, hospitalists will need to pay closer attention to comorbidities, home environments, socio-economic status, and other factors that can contribute to COPD readmissions.
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Top EHR security myths: Encryption and BYOD
Health IT Security
Like any other industry, healthcare has a great deal of misinformation floating around security best practices. This is especially the case when it comes to securing a healthcare organization's EHR data. Review the different misnomers that have been debunked of late and what healthcare IT security pros think of perception versus reality when it comes to current security trends.
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8 ways outsourcing can help hospitals and patients
The Huffington Post
Lost healthcare revenue in American hospitals due to self-pay billing issues is as high as 20 to 30 percent. Additionally, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of 577 healthcare professionals, U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care.
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