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CMS rolls out five-star scale to rank hospitals on patient experience
In an attempt to simplify hospital quality ratings for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled a new feature on its Hospital Compare website that ranks facilities on a five-star scale, CMS announced recently. The star ratings will use data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, which measures patient experience at the nearly 3,500 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals according to metrics such as facility cleanliness, staff responsiveness and clinician communication.
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How do hospital CEOs define population health?
Population health management is a concept embraced by the healthcare industry, but because there is no real uniform definition of the term, George Washington University's online Executive Master of Health Administration program decided to ask healthcare leaders their opinions on what it really means. The term first emerged in 2003, when David Kindig and Greg Stoddart defined it as "the health outcome of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group," according to the survey results.
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We'll work around your schedule: New educational offerings from ACMA
ACMA is offering several new webinars this spring. These webinars provide an economical source of continuing education, especially for those who are not able to travel to conferences or do not have live events in their area. Hear from leaders in the field, at your own convenience, on your schedule.

About E-Learning with ACMA
E-Learning is a newly launched platform by ACMA that offers a growing library of webinar sessions. This library currently includes sessions from the 2014 ACMA Leadership Conference and other webinars. ACMA continues to add content frequently - both live and on-demand sessions. All are economically priced and provide the leading education you have come to expect from ACMA.

Visit the E-Learning website to register for a webinar, purchase on-demand, or peruse the library - click here.

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Compass: Directional Training for Case Managers
Version 2.0 now available:
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  • 10 CEs for nurses, social workers and ACMs
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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

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Seeking qualified case management professionals?
Connect with potential applicants by posting your open position on ACMA's Career Link.

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Innovative case management education near you — learn more at
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How house calls can cut down on hospital readmissions
The healthcare industry abounds with new ideas to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions and emergency department visits, but a New Jersey hospital has turned to a seemingly old-fashioned medical strategy — the house call. The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, launched its Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program in August 2014 to provide "proactive, post-discharge home check-ups" to patients with cardiopulmonary disease who are at high risk for readmission and either declined or didn't qualify for home care services, according to a statement from the hospital.
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Air Trek: Providing Air Ambulance Service for 37 years
Air Trek, Inc.
At 37 years old, Air Trek is the oldest business at the Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD) in addition to being one of the oldest Air Ambulance companies in the nation. But, oh, how it has grown. “When we started, it was just my brother Wayne and me. We literally had one airplane and a little office down here,” said Dana Carr, co-owner and Director of Operations.
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IOM panel proposes framework for prioritizing US measures of health, healthcare
AHA News Now
An Institute of Medicine committee recommended 15 core measures, or "vital signs," and 32 related priority measures for tracking U.S. progress toward improved health and healthcare, citing the need to reduce the burden of unnecessary reporting and focus on "change that matters most."
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Committee issues discussion draft of 21st Century Cures legislation
AHA News Now
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today released draft legislative text for their 21st Century Cures initiative, which they expect to review at a hearing with representatives from the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. Among other provisions, the discussion draft would increase funding for NIH starting in fiscal year 2016, both through reauthorization and $10 billion in mandatory funding over five years, the committee said.
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5 reasons the Affordable Care Act will be good for Americans
According to author Robert Pearl, M.D.: In October, 2013, at the launch of the Affordable Care Act, I predicted that the health insurance exchanges about to go into effect would grow in popularity and improve the health insurance marketplace, then so imperfect. Twenty months later, the exchanges are proving effective in reducing the number of uninsured and are beginning to provide the information people need to make an informed selection about which plan is best for their needs.
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  MCG Industry-leading Care Guidance

MCG recently released the 19th edition of its care guidelines. In preparation, MCG physician and nurse editors evaluated 140,000 unique references incorporating more than 7,000 new references into the care guidelines- an unprecedented 30,000 cited references in total! Visit our booth #230 at the ACMA National Conference to learn more.

H&R Block: Affordable Care Act cut tax refunds $729
Kansas City Star
Two out of three taxpayers who got help from Uncle Sam to buy health insurance last year owed some of that money back come April 15, according to H&R Block Inc. The Kansas City-based tax preparation firm reported its customers' experiences under the Affordable Care Act and the just completed tax season. The healthcare law commonly called Obamacare helped pay part of the medical insurance premiums for those who qualified. The amount of the help was based on what the taxpayer had expected to earn during 2014.
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No return trips: Hospitals under pressure to lower readmissions
Hospitalizations are a lot like air travel. Being an inpatient, like flying coach, is somewhere between staying at a hotel and serving a prison sentence. The patients get to choose their meals and TV channels (to a point), the fellow passengers are usually well-behaved, and there is a lot riding on having someone competent at the controls. The healthcare industry's safety movement borrows heavily from the tools and terminology pioneered by the airlines. But although commercial airlines celebrate return customers, no one wants to be a "frequent flyer" at a hospital.
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Hill republicans won't try to restructure Medicare — yet
Congressional Republicans agreed to a non-binding budget framework that would slow projected growth of Medicare, but not completely restructure the program as the House GOP wanted. House Republicans tried to use the budget process to fundamentally rewrite Medicare, turning it from an open-ended entitlement program to a model known as premium support. But the move was blocked by Senate Republicans, who feared a political firestorm.
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