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Hospitals seek behavioral partners to reduce Medicare readmissions
Behavioral Healthcare
For behavioral health organizations, the emerging movement among acute care hospitals to reduce readmissions represents both a challenge and an opportunity. The opportunity comes from the growing recognition that behavioral issues contribute to many of these hospital readmissions. If behavioral healthcare organizations can find ways to collaborate with hospitals, they can open a new avenue to grow their businesses.
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Half of readmissions disparities are beyond hospital control
Health experts have long warned that federal readmission penalties punish hospitals for outcomes beyond their control, and now new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the patient population's clinical and social makeup accounts for half the difference between the lowest and highest performers. Under the standard Medicare formula, which only controls for patient age, sex and certain conditions, the top hospitals have 4.4 percent fewer readmissions than the worst performers.
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The information you need to get most out of your ACMA Member Benefits
Join us tomorrow, Sep. 17 at 12:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Central/9:00 am Pacific, for the ACMA Member Benefits Webinar. All members are welcome to join us as we explore the benefits available to you as an ACMA member and answer any questions you have regarding these benefits.

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Case management leaders know how to SAVE
October 19th is the early registration deadline for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference,
November 16-17 in Anaheim, California. Register early at and SAVE $100!

Whether you are a seasoned executive, new leader or aspiring professional, the 2015 Leadership Conference offers topics and speakers that will provide you with innovative thinking and strategies, increase your efficiency and boost your career. Sessions will examine where case management intersects with finance, technology and human resources — discussing what case management leaders need to know to work effectively in these areas as well as opportunities for case management advancement in each.

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Celebrate National Case Management Week 2015
NCMW: Oct. 11-17

National Case Management Week (NCMW) is a great time to recognize your coworkers and staff for their dedication and service. The theme this year is "Case Management: A Patient's Partner in Healthcare."

Ensure you have everything you need to celebrate NCMW on 11-17 — to see the NCMW 2015 logo and a large selection of NCMW items, visit the online store — click here.

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Accountable care organizations, explained
Kaiser Health News
One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks that coordinate patient care and become eligible for bonuses when they deliver that care more efficiently. The law takes a carrot-and-stick approach by encouraging the formation of accountable care organizations in the Medicare program. Providers make more if they keep their patients healthy.
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Does prevention save money for hospitals?
Hospitals & Health Networks
Being a futurist is a discipline. It has little to do with what would be cool, or with new shiny objects or simplistic answers. It builds on data, it examines the whole system, its inputs and energy sources and feedback loops, to build plausible future scenarios and explore the strategies that support them. But the core of the discipline is not the data. The core is honing the questions — finding the exact questions, the questions that give us insight that can guide strategy.
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Experts present first comprehensive guide to using IV devices
News Medical
More than a billion times a year, doctors and nurses insert tiny tubes into the veins of American hospital patients, so they can deliver lifesaving medicines, give fluids and nutrition, monitor key vital signs, and help patients with conditions ranging from cancer and pain to kidney failure and serious infections. But these same devices carry risks as well as benefits — especially those designed to stay in the body for days or weeks, called PICCs, ports and central lines.
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Hospital group: CMS star ratings lack vital socioeconomic, demographic factors
Medicare's five-star scale that rates the quality of care provided at hospitals doesn't offer a complete picture because it fails to reflect the distinct socioeconomic and demographic factors of vulnerable patients, according to hospital advocacy groups. America's Essential Hospitals and the Association of American Medical Colleges have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in recent weeks to add the income-related information into its ranking calculations.
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Under pressure, hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners
Kaiser Health News
A doctor's training hasn't historically focused on sensitivity. And too often while juggling heavy workloads and high stress, they can be viewed as brusque, condescending or inconsiderate. A 2011 study, for instance, found barely more than half of recently hospitalized patients said they experienced compassion when getting health care, despite widespread agreement among doctors and patients that kindness is valuable and important.
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Medicare yet to save money through heralded medical payment model
Kaiser Health News
A high-profile Medicare experiment pushing doctors and hospitals to join together to operate more efficiently has yet to save the government money, with nearly half of the groups costing more than the government estimated their patients would normally cost, federal records show. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers the lure of bonuses to health care practitioners who band together as accountable care organizations, or ACOs, to take care of patients.
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