AAHAM eNewswatch
Jan. 21, 2015

Should physicians tailor patient engagement based on age?
HIT Consultant
Quality of care has long been a primary factor in choosing a healthcare provider, but convenience and communication are also becoming key considerations for patients. Still, many physicians do not appear to be offering the digital engagement services that can meet those demands.More

Fighting for patients by battling their bad, inaccurate hospital bills
MedCity News
Just about anyone who's seen a healthcare bill knows that the process is, at a minimum, confusing. With the seemingly endless back-and-fourth between insurance and the provider on arbitrary pricing, even the savviest patient has difficulty discerning exactly how much they owe, for both routine procedures and complex hospital care.More

Why a full-year Meaningful Use reporting period worries CIOs
EHR Intelligence
For those keeping pace with the requirements of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the 2015 fiscal and calendar years bring with them a full-year meaningful use reporting period and concerns about meeting these demands on their healthcare organizations. On the surface, a 365-day meaningful use reporting period represents four times the effort of a 90-day reporting period. In reality, the difference between the two is more significant and highlights the increased need for continuity and consistency.More

Telehealth, alarm fatigue, readmissions top ECRI Watch List
Hospital quality and the health IT infrastructure that can support improvements to patient safety and patient care figure highly in the ECRI Institute Top Ten C-Suite Watch List for 2015. As the healthcare system moves deeper into technology-driven reforms intended to raise care quality and reduce costs, new trends, and capabilities will capture the attention of busy executive leaders.More

Hospitals penalized nationwide for patient safety
Medicare is penalizing more than 700 hospitals with high rates of potentially avoidable mistakes that can harm patients, known as "hospital-acquired conditions." Penalized hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent over the fiscal year that runs from October 2014 through September 2015.More

Caregiver Act aims to reduce hospital readmissions
The Wichita Eagle
When Brenda Love of Wichita, Kansas, worked as a hospital emergency-room nurse, she often treated patients who had just gotten out of the hospital and were on their way back in – especially seniors. The reasons varied: Sometimes they couldn’t cook and got malnourished, or they couldn't get to their doctor’s office or pharmacy for follow-up, she said.More

Medicare chief steps down, ran healthcare rollout
The Associated Press via ABC News
Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's healthcare law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage. Marilyn Tavenner's departure underscores the uncertainty overshadowing President Barack Obama's healthcare law nearly five years after its party-line passage by a then-Democratic-led Congress. The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the legality of the law's financial subsidies this spring, and a new Republican Congress is preparing more repeal votes.More

To cut readmissions, streamline discharge summary process
Hospitals can reduce readmissions and speed up recovery by promptly delivering a detailed discharge summary to patients' doctors, according to two new studies from Yale School of Medicine published in Circulation. In the first study, researchers, led by Leora I. Horowitz. M.D., analyzed such summaries for patients enrolled in the Telemonitoring to Improve Heart Failure outcomes study.More

Specialty tiers proliferate in HIX plans, confuse patients
Healthcare Payer News
For exchange goers who need specialty medications, navigating their options before committing to a plan can be confusing, a problem insurers need to address if they want to cultivate brand loyalty. While figuring out costs for speciality drugs has often been complicated for patients, new benefits designs in public insurance exchange plans are making the task even more complex, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.More

Upcoming Webinars

Topic: Charge Description and the Revenue Cycle; Putting the Pieces Together
When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Speaker: Catherine (Kate) Clark, CPC, CRCE-I, Vice President of Kohler HealthCare Consulting, Inc.

This timely beginner level webinar will review the strategic, operational, and financial implications of managing the charge description master (CDM). EVERYONE Earns 3 AAHAM CEUs for attending.

Registration deadline: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 14. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 19.

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Topic: Data Mining Your Credit Balances
When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Kathy Sandora, CRCE-I, executive director of Operations for CDR Associates LLC

This timely intermediate level webinar provide information on the magnitude of the problem. Learn new ways to evaluate your credit balances and the impact on your bottom line. The causes of credit balances will be discussed to assist how to analyze the hours and money associated with resolving credit balances.

Registration Deadline: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 9.

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Topic: Your Solution to Medical Necessity Denials
WEDNESDAY, March 4 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Olakunle Olaniyan, MD, MBA, FACP, FACPE, President of Case Management Covenants LLC

This interesting intermediate level webinar will review the origin and background macroeconomic trends driving denials. Learn about a comprehensive physician driven approach to preventing and minimizing medical necessity denials. To make sure we have space for you, payment must be received by Feb. 25.

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