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AHA issues case study report on hospital discharge planning tools
Hospital discharge planning tools should incorporate the judgment of clinicians and be administratively feasible, according to a new AHA report highlighting lessons learned from five hospitals and health systems that developed innovative tools aimed at improving patient care transitions. The five tools support decision making related to when a general acute-care hospital patient should be discharged, whether a patient will need post-acute care, and what types of post-acute care may be most suitable. While their primary objectives vary, the tools have three cross-cutting themes: appropriate post-acute care placement; readmission reduction; and management of patient transitions from acute to post-acute care settings. Each of the tools was designed to align with the culture of the organization and providers using it, with a focus on reducing the burden on administrative staff and clinicians. AHA convened a technical advisory panel of members and other stakeholders to examine a variety of innovative patient discharge planning tools.
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Jan. 31 is the final day for existing Compass users to save on version 2.0
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.

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Certification application deadline fast approaching
Your next opportunity to sign up for the ACM certification ends Feb. 15, 2015 — applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by this date.

The Health Care Standard
According to the 2013 National Hospital Case Management Survey, nearly half (47 percent) of case management departments prefer the ACM certification — the preferences of the remaining 53 percent of departments are divided among 4 certifications, with the ACM leading the next most preferred certification by more than 20 percent.

What are you waiting for?
If you are not yet ACM certified, apply now at and put the ACM credential after your name.

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Find your dream job on career link
ACMA's Career Link provides a resource for case management professionals to locate employment and advancement opportunities. There are currently a variety of case management-related positions listed on Career Link — from patient care navigators to directors of case management — in locations nationwide. Learn more at

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What the election outcome means for health care: Initial thoughts
The Advisory Board Company
Heading into the midterm election, many experts predicted Republicans would gain control of the U.S. Senate and maintain a modest majority in the U.S. House. We woke up this morning to find that not only will Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but they dominated state governor's races as well, winning in traditionally Democratic states like Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. So what will these changes mean for the health care sector?
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Register now for the 2015 ACMA National Conference
Registration now for the 2015 ACMA National Conference, April 26-29 in Phoenix, Arizona.

This year's conference will feature new events and educational opportunities, including primary care sessions and intensive workshops. We are also excited to announce this year's keynote speaker — Dr. Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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Your Expert in Care Transitions
Working with VITAS Healthcare, case managers help their most fragile patients make care transitions from hospital to home, from curative to palliative, from chronic to end-stage.

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In State of the Union, Obama pledges to veto efforts to undo health law
Kaiser Health News
News outlets described President Barack Obama as confident and defiant as he laid out an agenda for his two remaining years, which included an expansion of biomedical research. His emphasis was placed on improving the prospects of the nation's middle class. Brimming with confidence, the president struck a colloquial tone as he rattled off a series of positive statistics about the country’s recent economic rebound. ...The question facing Obama is whether his final two years in the White House can come close to repeating the record of his first two.
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Findings from a 50-state survey of eligibility, enrollment, renewal and cost-sharing policies in Medicaid and CHIP as of January 2015
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Affordable Care Act has contributed to a significant transformation of Medicaid, broadening it as the base of coverage for the low-income population and accelerating state efforts to move from antiquated, paper-driven enrollment processes to a new modernized enrollment experience for individuals. Jan. 1, 2015, marks the first anniversary of key ACA Medicaid provisions, including the Medicaid expansion to low-income adults and new rules for streamlined enrollment and renewal processes that coordinate across insurance affordability programs, including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplaces.
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GOP response vows to 'repeal and replace' Obamacare
Kaiser Health News
In the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, maintained strong criticism for the law and claimed it has hurt America's hardworking families. "No" seems to be all anyone wants to say in this town anymore. In his State of the Union address, President Obama enumerated policies that he opposed, from rolling back Wall Street regulations to exempting more businesses from their obligation to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
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Affordable Care Act spurs hospitals to identify, address unmet community health needs
Crain's Detroit Buisiness
Hospitals in Southeast Michigan are working to identify unmet or significant health needs in their immediate markets under new rules mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. One of the many little-known provisions of health care reform requires nonprofit hospitals — beginning in tax year 2012 — to conduct extensive community health needs assessment reviews in collaboration with community organizations every three years.
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CMS chief Tavenner's out; politics complicate replacing her
Modern Healthcare
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Friday that she will be leaving the CMS at the end of February. Her replacement, at least temporarily, will be Andy Slavitt, formerly a UnitedHealth Group executive who is now principal deputy administrator. Tavenner, 63, spent more than three years in the post. Speculation will now turn to whom President Barack Obama might nominate to replace Tavenner and if any nominee can gain approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.
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