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New Virginia law requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status
A new Virginia law that took effect recently will require hospitals to inform patients of their admission status verbally and in writing. The Virginia General Assembly passed the law in February, seeking to clarify confusion about outpatient status, according to the Washington Business Journal. Patients admitted "under observation" often face major financial hurdles, with Medicare denying them coverage for follow-up nursing facility care.
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Case Management Advocacy: A call to action
Bills have been introduced in Washington, which address issues affecting your daily practice and adversely impacting patient care. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act and the Medicare Audit Improvement Act represent opportunities for case managers to voice concerns related to observation status/the three-day stay requirement and the CMS Recovery Audit Program (formerly RAC). Over the coming months, you will periodically receive email calls to action regarding these issues, which contain a link to ACMA's online Grassroots Action Center. You can also learn more and make your voice heard anytime at Please take a few moments and contact Congress to request support of these bills. ACMA has already provided a message to help you get started — simply customize/add your personal experience, sign your name and send. One click, it's that easy. There is strength in numbers, so we also encourage you to share these issues and direct your colleagues and non-member advocates to join the effort via ACMA's Grassroots Action Center at
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We'll work around your schedule: Online educational offerings from ACMA
ACMA is offering several new online webinars. 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 platform 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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Supreme Court upholds ACA's federal subsidies 6-3
The Supreme Court ruled that federal health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are legal in a 6-3 ruling on King v. Burwell recently. The Court refused to apply Chevron deference — that is, to find that the statute is ambiguous and that the federal government's interpretation was reasonable. Chief Justice John Roberts — who delivered the opinion — Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan voted with the majority.
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Hospital intervention cuts readmissions for patients at risk for delirium, suicide
A hospital-wide, evidence-based interprofessional care initiative can improve outcomes and cut readmissions for patients at risk for delirium, alcohol abuse and suicide harm , according to a study from the Joint Commission and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
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Only 6 percent of cardiac arrest victims survive outside hospital
Less than 6 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, while less than a quarter of hospital cardiac arrest patients survive, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The research also found significant disparities in survival rates based on victims' communities or the hospitals where they receive treatment.
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Tablets and portals may not be a hit, but wearables show promise
By Scott E. Rupp
It seems patient engagement efforts may require more work if the latest survey holds true. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, giving patients access to portals and tablets "does not have a great impact on their understanding of their care and treatment." The hypothesis, according to FierceMobileHealthcare, was that tablets and apps would result in greater knowledge of team members' names and roles, planned tests and procedures, medications and higher patient activation.
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Revamping doctor-patient relationship may cut unnecessary care
When Neel Shah, M.D., projected a slide containing a medical bill at last week's Healthcare Financial Management Association Annual National Institute in Orlando, Florida, he quipped that its 30 seconds of screen time is the longest a doctor ever looks at a medical bill. Shah serves as executive director of Costs of Care, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of reducing patients' medical bills by looking at healthcare delivery in the U.S. holisitically.
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Is America's broadband infrastructure ready for the Silver Tsunami?
By Christina Thielst
A couple of weeks ago, the cable guy came out to my house due to slow connections. What I learned from him was that the wire between the street and the house was not capable of handling the current wireless and Internet requirements of my family. The house was built just before the Internet age, and the wire was designed with cable TV and perhaps a little more in mind. Since then, my family has added phone, Internet, wireless printing, wireless laptops, streaming media and a handful of smartphones that tie into the Internet at home.
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Affordable Care Act attracting younger, healthier insureds
Insurance Journal
Obamacare is attracting younger and healthier people to its coverage plans this year, according to research by Express Scripts Holding Co., a trend that could help balance and sustain the law's insurance markets. According to the report, which looked at people enrolled in drug coverage administered by Express Scripts, drug costs were 36 percent lower than in 2014. People in the exchange plans were also younger by almost four years than those who signed up for 2014, Express Scripts said.
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