AAHAM eNewswatch
Jan. 2, 2013

How ACOs can leverage data to reduce readmissions, reap shared savings
Government Health IT
Hospital readmissions are costly and often preventable events. Yet intense efforts to decrease readmissions rates and avoid penalties under the 2010 federal healthcare reform law have yet to have a significant impact, as 1 in 5 hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are still being readmitted within 30 days of discharge. More

Save the dates for the 2013 AAHAM National Events!
The 2013 Legislative Day will be April 3-4, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The 2013 ANI will be Oct. 16-18, 2013, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

This year's theme is "Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"More

Good nurse work environment means fewer readmissions
A good hospital work environment doesn't just mean happier nurses, it means lower readmission rates. Medicare patients treated in hospitals with a more favorable nurse work environment were up to 10 percent less likely to come back than those treated in hospitals with a poor work environment, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of Medical Care.More

AAHAM webinar: 'Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What the Most Effective People Do Differently'
Topic: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What The Most Effective People Do Differently

When: Jan. 16, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Mark Mathia, CEO & Executive Coach at Trident Coaching Systems

Program Focus: This beginner level session will discuss the ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It's no secret, connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional and family relationships, and you can start now!

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 11.

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Members may register online by clicking here.More

EHR notifications and alerts challenge providers, threaten patient safety
EHR Intelligence
Significant improvements to current EHR technology are necessary to eliminate social and technical obstacles preventing practitioners and physicians from interacting with test results effectively, according to new research published in JAMIA. As Singh et al. note, the failure to respond to abnormal test results represents a significant threat to patient safety, and despite efforts to incorporate notification capabilities into EHR systems, previous studies have shown that incidences of failed follow-up to abnormal results still persist. So what is lacking in current EHR technology to correct these failures?More

What's next for ACOs?
Becker's ASC Review
Even though accountable care organizations are a somewhat new care delivery model, they have made quite an impact on the world of healthcare already. The care models have already started reducing healthcare costs for some organizations. Accountable care does more than just generate savings, however. "It opens up windows of innovation, because [before] we wouldn't get reimbursed for doing that kind of work," says Chuck Lehn, CEO of Banner Health Network in Phoenix, Ariz. ACOs across the country are harnessing that creative spirit as they continually strive to achieve the triple aim of higher quality care and better patient outcomes at a lower cost. The following is a look at what is developing in the world of accountable care. More

AAHAM webinar: 'What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program'

Topic: What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program

When: Feb. 27, 1:30-3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Linda Fotheringill, Principal of Washington & West, LLC

Program Focus: In this ADVANCED webinar, learn:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 13. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 20.

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4 data security risks to watch for in 2013
Healthcare Finance News
Kroll Advisory Solutions has released its 2013 Cyber Security Forecast, spotlighting some of the pressing and perhaps unexpected privacy and security issues healthcare and other organizations may be grappling with in the coming year. While last year's vulnerabilities will continue to haunt organizations that have yet to evolve their policies and procedures — from encrypting data to regularly changing passwords — there are many threats waiting in the wings, according to Kroll, which lists some things to think about in 2013.More

2013 healthcare regulatory outlook
A long-overdue omnibus package that includes HIPAA modifications tops the list of regulations dealing with health data privacy and security issues that are pending for 2013. Also pending is an accounting of disclosures rule that, in early draft form, called for providing patients, upon request, with reports listing everyone who accessed their electronic health information. Plus, rules for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program, which begins in 2016, are in development.More

Online patient portals: Unveiling the doctor's note
American Medical News
Demand is growing for patient engagement, as the healthcare landscape shifts toward more shared decision-making. As more healthcare organizations adopt technology such as electronic health records and patient portals, meeting those expectations has become easier.More

5 payment models for ACO providers
Becker's Hospital Review
As accountable care organizations form across the country, their leaders are still determining which payment arrangements best align the organization's physicians with performance improvements and incentivize them to work toward the triple aim of ACOs: improving the quality of care and patient outcomes while lowering costs. Along with that goal, provider organizations must also consider the amount of risk they are willing to assume in a payment model. The American Academy of Actuaries broke down five popular ACO payment models in a recent report. More

10 physician practice trends to watch in 2013
To borrow the words of Lou Goodman, president of the nonprofit Physicians Foundation, "2013 will be a watershed year for the U.S. healthcare system." For physician practices, the upcoming New Year will be a pivotal one, in many cases, making the difference between folding and thriving in a post-health-reform world. The following, in no particular order, are 10 existing trends that will affect your practice in 2013 and beyond.More

Health IT Safety Plan proposes code of conduct for EHR vendors
The Office of the National Coordinator issued the Health IT Safety Plan on Dec. 21, asking software vendors and caregivers to work together to prevent harm to patients caused by faulty electronic records. The report, open for public comment until Feb. 4, 2013, does not propose a regulation or federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients. "We are saying to the vendors: Step up and prove your ability to create a code of conduct that would be enforceable, that would bind you voluntarily to reporting safety events," Farzad Mostashari, MD, the Obama administration's coordinator for health information technology, said about the report. That doesn't go far enough, said Arthur Levin, director of the Center for Medical Consumers, which promotes safety and effectiveness in healthcare. "These are very baby steps," said Levin.More