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CMS delays awarding new RAC contracts
AHA News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has agreed to postpone awarding the new round of Recovery Auditor Contractor contracts until at least Aug. 15 because of pending litigation, according to court documents. CGI, one of the current RACs, has sued CMS in federal court to protest terms of CMS's proposed RAC contracts. CMS came to an agreement with the court to delay the awarding of new contracts while the court moves forward with proceedings in the case. AHA will continue to update members as more information regarding the new round of contracts is available.
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Educate your staff with the Compass orientation program
Six thousand hospital case management professionals have used ACMA's Compass orientation program since its launch in May 2013. The program is a tool to train new case management staff and to refresh existing staff. Visit to see how Compass can benefit your department today!

Order Compass and Begin Training Today The Compass program is available for purchase at The orientation system is available for training 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there is no limit on the number of staff members who may be entered and trained in the system.

Watch the Demonstration Video Before using Compass, be sure to watch the demonstration video so you can receive the maximum benefit from the program. This 11-minute video provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to Compass.

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HHS grants bolster health care and public health disaster preparedness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $840 million to continue improving emergency preparedness of state and local public health and health care systems. These systems are vital to protecting health and saving lives during a disaster. "Community and state preparedness is essential to the health security of all Americans," said Nicole Lurie, M.D., assistant secretary for preparedness and response.
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Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
Compare Benchmarking continues to grow not only in the number of participating hospitals and health systems, but also in the scope of services offered. Some recent additions include:
  • Tools to help staff assess readmission root causes and prevent additional readmissions, including a patient interview tool and a tool to facilitate communication with post-acute providers.
  • Enhanced content and frequency of staff training webinars. Subscribing hospitals are able to utilize this valuable resource to train and ensure competency on avoidable delays, denials and readmissions. The webinars include a competency test, and participants receive CEs for their participation.
These enhancements are in addition to the core of ACMA Compare — providing 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 Randall Archer, director of sales and product development, at

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'I'm MacGyver,' says nurse honored at White House
HealthLeaders Media
According to the author Alexandra Wilson Pecci: Roxana Reyna was at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on her cell phone when she took a break from her sightseeing to talk with me about the "making" she does as a Skin and Wound Care Prevention Specialist at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was in D.C., as a special invited guest of the White House, and the excitement in her voice was obvious.
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Social workers discuss enrollment process for health care under ACA
Talking to people about their health is all in a day's work, according to Katie Merrill, an MSW student at the University of Albany School of Social Welfare in New York. Merrill is one of the student health care navigators for the university's contracted navigator program, which serves the New York counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. "We would go out into the community, talk to people one on one, and sign them up for health care on the spot, using laptops," she said.
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9 of 10 hospitals plan expanded speech recognition programs
Health IT Outcomes
Speech recognition technology has been called an "aggressively" growing market by HIMSS, and already has shown a growth rate of more than 20 percent per year, as Health IT Outcomes reported in October. "The data is pretty consistent that providers spend upwards of 50 percent of their day doing things around documentation and data," says Maureen Ladouceur, vice president of Clinical Operations for VoiceFirst by Honeywell.
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Hospital design needs to follow technology's lead
In almost every industry, technology has made a dramatic impact on quality and cost. Consider the finance industry. Three years ago, you had to go to a bank or ATM to deposit a check. Now that's done via the bank's smartphone app. Technology has reset expectations of a "bank" to the point that many people will never use any bank that doesn't allow this.
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