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Shorter hospital stays tied to lack of coverage
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Uninsured patients stay in hospitals for consistently shorter periods than do patients covered by private insurance or Medicaid, according to an analysis of nearly 850,000 hospitalizations of working-age adults. Self-pay patients with health conditions deemed avoidable stayed in hospitals for an average of 2.77 days, compared with 3.19 days for Medicaid patients and 2.89 days for all other payment types, according to a study in the November/December "Annals of Family Medicine." More



10 ways ICD-10 will improve quality of care
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The popular approach to writing anything about ICD-10 conversion these days is to describe the disastrous impact providers say it will have — or is already having — on healthcare, nearly two years ahead of its launch. But this article attempts to tune out all the sobbing, screaming, and procrastinating and focuses on 10 reasons why ICD-10 will prove to be a good thing, eventually. More

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Protected patient data increasingly being lost, stolen
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Nearly all healthcare organizations responding to a survey — 96 percent — reported that patient or related information has been lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised within the last two years. The number of data breaches involving protected health information rose by 32 percent from 2010, according to interview data published online by the independent privacy and data protection group the Ponemon Institute. More

Hospitals gear hiring to health law and industry changes
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Defying the economy, hospitals are hiring, but many are looking more for administrative staff and clerks than caregivers. The new jobs appear to be driven not by patient demand as much as a general restructuring of the healthcare industry that includes changes mandated by the 2010 federal healthcare law, the 2009 federal stimulus funding, new government regulations and increasing use of information technology. Strong anecdotal evidence indicates the attention now is on hiring clerks and administrators. More



Study finds patient satisfaction with outpatient medical treatment in the US
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Patients overall in the United States are very satisfied with their physicians and with treatment they receive in outpatient settings, according to new information that challenges common public perceptions about outpatient medical treatment. More

Top 5 ICD-10 pitfalls
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A panel of ICD-10 experts at a conference co-hosted by the New England Health Information and Management Systems Society and Maine Healthcare Financial Management Association in South Portland, Maine, recently gave advice about the five "gotchas" that can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans for implementing the new coding system. More

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Using bundled payments to drive quality improvement
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Under global payments, hospitals receive a single payment that administrators will be compelled to share with physicians. Unless these financial distributions are objective, transparent and prospectively designed to reward physicians for high quality, cost efficient care, the potential for acrimonious hospital-physician relations are significant. However, when astute community hospitals, health systems and physician groups properly prepare themselves for global budgeting, their hospital-physician relations will actually be enhanced through financial rewards generated by effective clinical and operational efficiencies. More



Physicians uncertain about taking part in ACOs
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Many physicians are familiar with accountable care organizations as a concept, but some are either opting out of them or are unsure whether they will participate, according to a recent survey. This finding reflects what those in the industry say is an indication of a lack of clarity about ACO details. They are designed to allow fee-for-service payments with a bonus for lowering projected total costs while maintaining or improving quality. But beyond that general description, ACOs could be very different from one another. More

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