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Medicare Shared-Savings ACOs Saved $1 Billion in Three Years
Accountable care organizations participating in the CMS' Medicare shared-savings program reduced spending by about $1 billion in the first three years, HHS' Office of Inspector General reported.
Most of the 428 ACOs in the first three years of the shared-savings program reduced Medicare spending compared to their benchmarks, and a small group of those ACOs produced "substantial" savings.
ACMA Leadership and Physician Advisor Conference
Make plans now to join us for the 2017 ACMA Leadership Conference and the 2017 ACMA Physician Advisors Conference, Nov 5-7, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. Case Management, Transitions of Care, and Physician Advisor leaders and industry experts will discuss community partnerships, provide tools, and present examples and successful models which can be replicated and incorporated into your current practice. Registration now available. For more information, click here.
How Will You Celebrate National Case Management Week and ACM Recognition Day?
National Case Management Week (NCMW) will be celebrated Oct 8-14, 2017. This year's theme is Case Management: Exceptional People. Exceptional Care. This is a terrific opportunity to highlight the significant contributions of Case Management and Transitions of Care professionals to quality health care for patients, families and the health care industry. Begin talking with your organization now about how you can recognize and bring awareness to the commitment, compassion and care provided by case managers in your organization and across the continuum of care.
In conjunction with NCMW, October 11 is ACM™ Recognition Day! This is the perfect opportunity to recognize the case manager's efforts in becoming an Accredited Case Manager™. Celebrate their achievement with congratulations and a gift that showcases their distinction.
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ACM™ Certification: Recent Eligibility & Testing Changes
Certification through the ACM™ clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated proficiency of Case Management principles, techniques and application of best practices. Certification can give you an advantage when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. Indeed, many ACM™ credentialed professionals experience salary and wage increases and/or bonuses based on their certification status. If you’ve been thinking about taking the ACM™ certification exam, there are a few recent changes to the eligibility and application process that might be of interest:
4 Measures To Stabilize the ACA Exchanges Could Boost Enrollment By 2M, Cut Premiums By 20 Percent
If four key steps are taken to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the combined effect could increase enrollment by 2 million and reduce average premiums by 20 percent, according to a new analysis.
Researchers from Oliver Wyman, the consulting firm that conducted the analysis, estimated that rising individual market premiums will cost consumers and the federal government roughly $15 billion per year from 2018 to 2020.
What is meant by observation care? Confusion has led to its underuse and overuse. Learn about the challenges, misconceptions, policies, and documentation related to observation care, and its impact on patients. DOWNLOAD.
Last County Without ACA Insurer Gains Carrier
Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced that Paulding County will now have health insurance coverage on the federal exchange in 2018.
CareSource will join with the department to offer insurance products, the two announced.
Ohioans in 20 counties faced having no access to health insurance on the exchange, however in late July the department joined five insurers, including CareSource, to announce coverage options in the 19 other counties.
HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes
Health information exchanges can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care.
For ten years, the Utah Health Information Network has enabled the exchange of admit, discharge, and transfer information between healthcare facilities to save hospitals money by reducing readmissions.
4 Strategies To Reduce ER Overcrowding
Overcrowded emergency rooms are common in hospitals across the country. But several key strategies unite the facilities that are most effectively tackling this problem, according to a new study.
Researchers stratified hospitals into three groups based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: highest-performing, high-performing and low-performing, according to the Annals of Emergency Medicine study.
Mayo Pain Expert: Holistic Approach Helps Patients Ditch Opioids
Kaiser Health News
Each year, more than 300 patients with chronic pain take part in a three-week program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Their complaints range widely, from specific problems such as intractable lower-back pain to systemic issues such as fibromyalgia. By the time patients enroll, many have tried just about everything to get their chronic pain under control. Half are taking opioids.
Despite High ED Utilization, US Hospitals Excel in Managing Care Transitions
Although the U.S. has high emergency department utilization, its healthcare system does well in managing readmissions compared to seven other countries, according to a report published by Philips.
The report compares acute unscheduled care across seven countries: the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, the U.K., the Netherlands, Australia and Germany. Many of the findings are unsurprising — healthcare accounts for the highest portion of gross domestic product in the U.S., and U.S. citizens spend by far the most out-of-pocket on healthcare of any country in the study.
Beyond the Four Walls
AHA News Now
Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and initiatives can change many lives for the better.
|Sept. 8, 2017
||New York Chapter Conference
|Sept. 9, 2017
||Gateway Chapter Conference
||St Louis, MO
|Sept. 16, 2017
||Maryland Chapter Conference
|Sept. 23, 2017
||Virginia Chapter Conference
|Sept. 25, 2017
||North Carolina Chapter Conference
|Sept. 26, 2017
||West Virginia Chapter Conference
|Oct. 3, 2017
||Wisconsin Chapter Conference
||Lake Geneva, WI
|Oct. 4, 2017
||Missouri-Kansas Chapter Conference
||Overland Park, KS
|Oct. 12, 2017
||Great Lakes Chapter Conference
|Oct. 14, 2017
||Connecticut Chapter Conference
|Oct. 16-17, 2017
||Illinois Chapter Conference
|Oct. 26-27, 2017
||South Carolina Chapter Conference
|Oct. 28, 2017
||Massachusetts Chapter Conference
|Oct. 30, 2017
||Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter Conference
|Nov. 5-7, 2017
||Leadership & Physician Advisor Conference
||New Orleans, LA
|Nov. 11, 2017
||Greater Houston Chapter Conference
|Nov. 18, 2017
||Western Pennsylvania Chapter Conference
|April 24-27, 2018
||ACMA 2018 National Conference
For the full ACMA event map, click here.
The Job Source For Case Management Professionals
Saint Francis Hospital
The Synergy Organization
Einstein Healthcare Network
West Palm Beach, FL
Good Samaritan Medical Center
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
Las Vegas, NV
Professional Case Management
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Marin General Hospital
San Jose, CA
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063