Dec. 17, 2014

Survey: Hospitals appealing half of RAC claim denials
AHA News Now
Hospitals continue to proactively appeal Recovery Audit Contractor claim denials, according to the latest report from the AHA's quarterly RACTrac survey. Hospitals participating in the 3rd quarter survey report appealing 48 percent of all RAC claim denials, with a 70 percent overturn rate in the appeals process. In addition, hospitals continue to report spending significant funding and resources to manage the RAC process. More

National Conference Justification Toolkit: Demonstrate ROI and make your case for attending this year's event
Are you interested in attending the 2015 ACMA National Conference, but need help demonstrating the ROI to your supervisor or administrator? Click here to access ACMA's National Conference Justification Toolkit. This resource contains valuable information and data to assist you in building your case for attending this year's event.

The conference will be held April 26-29 in Phoenix, Arizona, and will feature new events and educational opportunities, including primary care sessions and intensive workshops. For more information and online registration, go to

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year from the American Case Management Association! More

For your holiday star: A gift for the person who has everything
Are you having difficulty coming up with gift ideas for that person who has everything? Recognize those who mean the most to you — your "holiday stars" — by honoring them with a donation to ACMA in their name. Clients, colleagues, family, friends, directors, staff, physician advisors, departments, chapters, hospitals/healthcare delivery systems, mentors and more — honor them all as your stars this holiday season.

By making a donation to ACMA and recognizing your holiday star(s), their name will be listed: in ACMA's Collaborative Case Management journal, in ACMA's briefCASE e-newsletter and on the ACMA website. All proceeds support ACMA's fundraising efforts, and as ACMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

Donate today and recognize your holiday star — click here.More

Already a Compass user? Update to version 2.0 today and save
To say "thank you," existing Compass users receive special pricing on the 2.0 update through Jan. 31, 2015. Update pricing for existing users begins at $450 per facility (small facility, ACMA member rate) and $600 per facility (standard facility, ACMA member rate). To take advantage of these special "loyalty discounts," login to your Compass account at and click on the yellow "pre-order" bar at the top of the screen.

For more information and pricing, visit, or contact Aaron Van Son at 501-907-2262 or to schedule a demonstration. More

HHS awards more than $665 million for state-led improvements healthcare
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Twenty eight states, three territories and the District of Columbia will receive over $665 million in Affordable Care Act funding to design and test healthcare payment and service delivery models that will improve healthcare quality and lower costs, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced. Together with awards released in early 2013, over half of states — 34 states and 3 territories and the District of Columbia — representing nearly two-thirds of the population are participating in efforts to support comprehensive state-based innovation in health system transformation aimed at finding new and innovative ways to improve quality and lower costs. More

Senate confirms Boston hospitalist as surgeon general
AHA News Now via NationalJournal
The Senate last night voted 51-43 to confirm as surgeon general Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., a hospitalist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Murthy also is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, and a member of the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.More

Look past uncertainty surrounding ACA to improve healthcare
Hospital Impact
As we head toward the New Year it's hard not to be confounded and confused about the Affordable Care Act. Viewed through one prism, the law seems to be in terrible shape. However, viewed through the lens of studies investigating whether the ACA accomplishes its stated goals, the law seems to be a success. More

Ebola fears speed changes in US hospital record systems
The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts. After more than five years and a $25 billion investment of federal money to move U.S. medical records out of paper files and into computers, doctors say the systems lack analytical functions, don't allow them to share information with colleagues in other practices and require too much time to enter data. More

It's coming: US news hospital ratings in routine care
U.S. News & World Report
According to authors Ben Harder and Avery Comarow: Two years ago, at a summit on hospital rankings in New York co-hosted by U.S. News, we announced our intent to expand our public reporting on hospital quality to include routine conditions and procedures, and the following day we provided details. We have moved ahead as planned, and next spring the first phase of the new initiative, with the working name Best Hospitals for Routine Care, will be launched. What will it be? How will it look?More

Uninsured rates fell under Obamacare, but who's reaping the benefit?
Los Angles Times
Hospitals and health insurers have reaped a financial windfall from the 2014 rollout of the federal health law, even beyond what was expected. Now, employers and consumers are seeking a share of the Obamacare dividend. For years, insurance companies and hospitals told Americans that one reason their insurance bills were so high was because they were paying the hidden cost of medical care for the uninsured. More

Building a patient-centered supply chain
Healthcare Finance
As your hospital or health system grapples with the demands of a healthcare environment undergoing seismic change, it's time to take a fresh look at how your supply chain fits into the mix. While you're at it, familiarize yourself with the paradigm of the not-too-distant future: the patient-centered supply chain.More

Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors
They say respect is a two-way street, and if a new Consumer Reports survey is any indication, that street is paved with better, safer medical care. The survey findings are detailed in a report called "How Not to Get Sick(er) in the Hospital." The publication polled 1,200 people who were hospitalized in the last six months and found that those who rarely felt respected by healthcare workers were two and a half times more likely to fall victim to a medical error than those who reported they were treated well. More