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CMS releases OPPS, ASC proposed rule with changes to two-midnight policy
AHA News
A more flexible two-midnight policy could offer good news for hospitals, the AHA said last week in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' release of the proposed 2016 rule for the hospital outpatient prospective payment and ambulatory surgical center payment systems. But the association is dismayed by payment cuts contained in the proposal The AHA said a modification proposed to the two-midnight policy is a "good first step" toward addressing hospitals' concerns about a policy that — if implemented as first proposed in 2013 — could undermine medical judgment and disregard the level of care needed to safely treat patients.
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Last call for certification in 2015
Aug. 15 is the ACM Certification application deadline for the fourth quarter of 2015. Applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by Aug. 15 in order to take the exam during October, November or December. Learn more and apply at
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Want a good laugh? Head to the hospital
Kaiser Health News
Every month, a group of older adults goes to Washington, D.C.'s Sibley Memorial Hospital, but they don't see a doctor or get tests. They're not sick. They come just for laughs. They gather in a room next to the hospital cafeteria for the "Laugh Cafe," one of the activities offered to local seniors, including the 7,300 members of Sibley's Senior Association. The price of admission is one joke, recited out loud. Experts say laughing can be good for your health, and everyone in the room strongly agrees.
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New readmission reduction guidelines: Medication management essential
Better management of a patient's medications and improved medication adherence are essential to reducing hospital readmissions, according to a new report that proposes nationwide recommendations to slash rehospitalizations. The guidelines, released by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, focus on the hospital's role in medication management.
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In California, primary care continuity reduced emergency department use, fewer hospitalizations
Health Affairs
The expansion of health insurance to millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act has given rise to concerns about increased use of emergency department and hospital services by previously uninsured populations. Prior research has demonstrated that continuity with a regular source of primary care is associated with lower use of these services and with greater patient satisfaction.
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South Carolina initiative cuts readmissions through cooperation, education
South Carolina healthcare providers significantly reduced readmissions and improved care transition quality through a statewide initiative, according to a study published in the journal Population Health Management. Researchers, led by R. Neal Axon, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, analyzed data from the Palmetto State acute care hospitals that participated in the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together initiative.
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'A terrible way to end someone's life'
Kaiser Health News
Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. "I felt like I was beating [up people] at the end of their life," she says. It looks nothing like what people see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal. Gorlitsky now teaches medicine at the University of Southern California and says these early clinical experiences have stayed with her.
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Do patient navigators really help? Depends on who you ask
Although many providers incorporate patient navigators into cancer programs to boost patient outcomes and coordinate care, it's unclear whether these individuals actually help patients or save money, according to The Washington Post. "I think for a lot of patients, maybe even the majority of patients with cancer, navigation may not have that big an impact on the kind of care they get," Scott Ramsey, a professor of public health sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, told the Post.
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King v. Burwell: Supreme Court upholds health law's subsidies
Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law. KHN rounds up news stories from various news outlets on the Supreme Court's decision.
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Hospital death rates support the 'weekend effect' phenomenon
Patients in several developed countries who are admitted to hospitals on Saturdays and Sundays are more likely to die within 30 days than patients with similar conditions who are hospitalized during the week, according to a new study published in BMJ Quality & Safety. The weekend effect phenomenon is well-known in the United States but also occurs in other countries, researchers found.
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CMS, AMA partner to help providers get ready for ICD-10
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With less than three months remaining until the ICD-10 transition, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline. In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD– 10 code set.
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What doctors really want from the latest medical technology
The Wall Street Journal
Technology has much to offer doctors, but it is not the health-care technology agenda you hear about in the news. Big data, the electronic medical record, and the connected patient are frequently hyped as remedies to medicine's ills. But improving and restoring health is a messy business that requires investment in human capital more than physical capital.
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