AAHAM eNewswatch
May 11, 2011

Overcoming ICD-10 hurdles
Health Data Management
Numbers alone don't tell the ICD-10 story, but they're a start. Mandated by the government for industry-wide implementation in Oct. 2013, the new clinical documentation code set expands the number of codes from its predecessor, ICD-9, from about 16,000 to more than 140,000.More

Hospitals add 10,000 jobs in April
HealthLeaders Media
For the second consecutive month, job growth in the healthcare sector showed impressive gains, Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data show. Hospitals created 10,100 new jobs in April, after posting 10,200 new jobs in March. So far in 2011, hospitals have created 31,500 new jobs, compared with 8,900 new jobs in the first four months of 2010, data show.More

Physicians with many Medicaid patients are likely to treat more in 2014
American Medical News
Increasing patient capacity for primary care physicians already seeing a large number of Medicaid patients might be the best way to prepare for the millions of people who will become eligible for the program in 2014 under the health system reform law. That's because these physicians are much more willing and able to handle new Medicaid patients than doctors who see relatively few people on Medicaid, according to "Physician Willingness and Resources to Serve More Medicaid Patients," an analysis by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Center for Studying Health System Change.More

AAHAM Webinar – June 1 – Automating Patient Access Workflow
AAHAM
June 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and April Langford, Vice President, Revenue Cycle at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC) as we present this informative and timely webinar, "Automating Patient Access Workflow; A Case Study." Payment must be received on or before May 18. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 27. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

Everyone earns three CEUs for attending. Online Member Registration is available at www.aaham.org.More

Healthcare administration simplification
AAHAM
As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted.More

Healthcare data breaches affect 10 million patients since fall 2009
eWeek
A list of data breaches by the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that more than 10 million patients have been affected by security lapses in about 260 healthcare-related incidents reported since 2009. A move toward EHRs could be to blame for the rise in security breaches, according to David Ting, CTO of access-management vendor Imprivata.More

Panel weighs delaying stage 2 of meaningful use
Government Health IT
An advisory panel that is shaping measures for the next stage of meaningful use has suggested delaying stage 2 by one year, until 2014, as an option to allow vendors and healthcare providers more time to update and roll out more advanced technology. It is one of the approaches for dealing with the compressed timeline for establishing stage 2 of meaningful use of certified electronic health records, but it would come at the expense of early adopters.More

CMS to host conference call on MU, attestation
CMS
Wish you knew more about how to use electronic health records to earn incentive payments from CMS? CMS will hold a national provider education call Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. EDT to help you learn more about meaningful use. The call will cover the definition of meaningful use; the requirements for Stage 1 of meaningful use (2011 and 2012); and how to attest to having met meaningful use.More

CMS pledges future reporting via EHRs
Health Data Management
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is pledging that, in a few years, hospitals will no longer have to abstract from patient charts quality measures required under the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program. "We believe that at a future date, such as 2015, CMS and hospitals will be able to switch to complete EHR-based reporting of all chart-abstracted measures to CMS for the Hospital IQR Program, and we intend to work diligently toward this goal," the agency contends in a proposed rule published May 5 in the Federal Register.More

Old practice of house calls is returning to some areas
Kaiser Health News
Nobody likes taking time out of a busy day to cool their heels in a doctor's waiting room. Now you may not have to. Some primary care practitioners are bringing their black bags directly to home or office, in some cases for as little as $30 to $35 a visit. Experts agree that house calls are a great convenience, and for seriously ill patients who can't get to a doctor's office, they are often invaluable. But unless the practices offering house calls coordinate with patients' other providers, they may only further splinter an already fragmented healthcare system, experts warn.More

Emergency departments becoming more crowded, emergency physicians say
American Medical News
Poll results find that emergency departments are becoming increasingly crowded even before the health system reform law's coverage expansion to about 32 million people in 2014. "Visits to emergency rooms are going to increase across the country, despite healthcare reform," said American College of Emergency Physicians President Sandra Schneider, MD. Eighty percent of survey respondents said ED visits had increased significantly or somewhat in the last year. About 90 percent are expecting similar increases in visits in the next year.More

Lawsuit claims St. Luke's Hospital filed false claims
The Florida Times-Union
A whistle-blower lawsuit calls into question thousands of Medicare and Medicaid claims filed by St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville after it was sold to St. Vincent's HealthCare. The federal government was falsely billed from April 2008 until March 2009, according to the civil suit, which claims St. Luke's was ineligible to receive federal payments for procedures.More