|Mar. 18, 2015|
Appeals court invalidates CMS contract with RACs
It may be back to square one in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' bid to create new pacts with recovery audit contractors. The U.S. Court of Federal Appeals has invalidated the current proposed contract with RACs, primarily due to their violation of U.S. acquisition regulations. The violation is based on a provision in the contract that would not allow RACs to collect contingency fees for their work until a clawback that has been appealed by a hospital reaches the second of a five-stage appeals process.More
Celebrate Social Work Month
March is Social Work Month, and this year's theme is "Social Work Paves the Way for Change." We hope that you use this month to celebrate with colleagues and friends and recognize the hard work and commitment of social workers in your organization. For more information on Social Work month, click here. More
OIG presses CMS to cut hospital payments for surgeries on low-risk outpatients
HHS' Office of Inspector General is using a congressionally mandated report to repeat its call for Medicare to pay hospitals the same as it pays ambulatory surgery centers for procedures on low-risk patients. But the CMS and hospital trade groups think the OIG is on the wrong track. Even the national association representing ASCs is wary. More
Webinar recording: Case Management Certification Strategies, Successes and Best Practices
We received such an overwhelming response to our March 12 webinar that we exceeded the webinar system's attendee capacity. If you were unable to login to the webinar due to the meeting room being closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. But don't worry, you can access the recording online — click here.
Moderated by ACMA, the webinar will feature a panel of case management leaders from across the country who will discuss:
Valuable education and CEs from your home or office
ACMA is pleased to announce the launch of its new E-Learning Center, which offers a variety of recorded sessions for purchase on-demand. The E-Learning Center is a cost-effective option for continuing education. Here are just a few of the topics explored in our on-demand sessions:
Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
ACMA's Compare provides powerful tools and benchmarking to facilitate change related to avoidable delays, readmissions and denials.
If you would like to know more about Compare and evaluate it for your organization, please contact James Nickerson at JNickerson@acmaweb.org.More
Recording, handouts and continuing education credit: ACMA members-only public policy webinar
The online evaluation to earn CEs and handouts for the the ACMA Public Policy Committee's February 24th members-only webinar are now available in the Members Only section of the ACMA website. The webinar was recorded, so if you were unable to join us on Feb. 24, you can also access the recording in the Members Only section.
To access the recording, download handouts and earn continuing education credit:
Follow us on YouTube to learn more about the 2015 ACMA National Conference and explore Phoenix
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Emerging 'doc fix' deal includes only a partial cost offset
A proposed congressional "doc fix" deal will include a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula and a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program with a total cost exceeding $200 billion. Only a portion of the cost will be offset by spending cuts, said four lobbyists familiar with the negotiations. Funding a permanent fix has stymied Congress during past attempts to move beyond a temporary patch for the issue, as was done last year.More
Hospital staff injuries will go public with OSHA rule
Operating room nurse Bernadette Haskins, who weighs 125 pounds, says lifting immobile patients who are sometimes nearly three times her size makes the risk of injury a constant worry for her and her colleagues. "I love what I do, but the average weight of patients we take care of is about 300 pounds, and sometimes there's no extra help available," said Haskins, who works at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.More
16.4 million have gotten insurance under Affordable Care Act in past 5 years
Over the past five years, about 16.4 million previously uninsured people have gained insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration announced. The Department of Health and Human Services released new figures on the insured population one week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Act's passage. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Monday it's the "largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades."More
AHA report details challenges threatening hospitals' critical 24/7 role
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The AHA released a new report detailing the 24/7 role of America's hospitals and the challenges threatening this essential part of the nation's health care infrastructure. Rising demand for emergency care and disaster readiness; a shortage of resources and funding; a move to equalize payment across care settings without regard to the cost of maintaining 24/7 capacity; and the continued migration of care out of the full-service hospital setting pose credible threats to the hospital's ability to maintain its role as a community asset, the report concludes.More