AAHAM eNewswatch
Jun. 19, 2013

What ICD-10 portends for injury claims assessment
Property Casualty 360
Well, it's official: The ICD-10-CM and procedural coding system will be implemented in the United States with dates of service effective Oct. 1, 2014. The introduction of ICD-10 has sparked a great deal of confusion and alarm. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge its value and provide reassurance that this is indeed a benefit for patients, as well as the property and casualty industry.More

Upcoming webinars
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'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health', on July 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Cycling Through the Revenue Cycle: Are there Overlooked Paths of Opportunity?', on Aug. 14 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

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5 reasons you need an HIE now
HealthLeaders Media
Health information technology is full of promises — and ever-escalating costs. But there's one technology that could be bet on right now. That's the technology to accurately, securely and easily transfer health data information from one system to another.More

Why hospitals live in 2 worlds when it comes to ACOs
Government Health IT
For the past several years, hospital CEOs have been talking a big game about accountable care — the latest healthcare model, which pays doctors and hospitals for quality, rather than the volume of services they provide.More

18 wasteful hospital purchases to avoid
Becker's Hospital Review
Not many hospitals today haven't spent a lot of time exploring ways to cut costs through more efficient care and reduce wasteful spending.More

The ideal EHR and medical billing integration
MedCity News
Staggering changes in the healthcare market, turbulent costs and increasing regulatory, governance and compliance challenges, entail the evolution of the United States Healthcare industry. Over the last couple of decades, industry stakeholders have struggled with care provision, patient health information and security, commercialization of the healthcare business, and the introduction of comprehensive and innovative technologies which add value to the whole process of care delivery.More

Why putting capital into EMR is a smart move
HealthLeaders Media
Most health care providers believe enhancing their collection and use of patient data is the only way to move forward in the pursuit of better care delivery. Despite concerns over the sluggish economy and changing payment models, hospitals and health systems are making big investments in electronic medical records, earmarking significant portions of their capital spending dollars to implement these expensive systems in the hope of improving their ability to manage population health.More

4 reasons why sustainability investments are vital to hospital finance strategies
Becker's Hospital Review
Hospital leaders have gradually become more aware of how important sustainability is in their communities, and becoming a greener hospital has now become embedded in many hospitals' financial strategies. For example, according to a Johnson & Johnson whitepaper, 54 percent of hospitals say green attributes are "extremely important" in their purchasing decisions. In addition, 40 percent of hospitals plan to adjust product requests for proposals to account for sustainable elements, and more than one-third of hospitals have already switched to supplies that they consider to be greener. More

Medicare's doctor records riddled with errors
American Medical News
Wrong addresses, telephone numbers and licensing information for physicians have been found throughout the enrollment systems that Medicare uses to approve pay for beneficiary services, according to federal auditors. An estimated 58 percent of enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System were inaccurate, and 48 percent of records in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System had errors, the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General stated in a report published May 28. The records also were inconsistent between the two systems, with nearly all records for health professionals in PECOS and NPPES containing mismatched information in 2010.More

Healthcare attorney: 'Secure the human' to keep patient data safe
FierceHealthIT
For healthcare providers looking to ensure the security of electronic patient information, it's just as important to solidify employee knowledge as it is to encrypt data and implement improved IT solutions, said Lee Kim, an attorney with Pittsburgh-based firm Tucker Arensberg who also serves as chair of the mHIMSS Legal/Policy Taskforce.More

Distribution of Medicare ACOs varies widely
MedPage Today
More than 40 percent of accountable care organizations formed under Medicare exist in only five states, leaving many states with one or none, according to an analysis by industry experts. Medicare ACOs are concentrated in states like Florida (32), California (22), and Massachusetts (18) but rural states — like North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Kansas — are devoid of them, according to the analysis by consulting firm MedeAnalytics in Emeryville, Calif. Others like Montana, Idaho, and Mississippi each only have one Medicare ACO. This maldistribution problem needs to be addressed to ensure Medicare is treating the country's sickest patients in a better, more coordinated fashion, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at the Fourth National ACO Summit.More

How to avoid 'teaching to the test' for HCAHPS score improvement
Becker's Hospital Review
A recent report by Press Ganey identified communication with nurses as a "rising tide" patient experience measure - one that influences a host of other HCAHPS measures, including responsiveness of hospital staff, communication about medication and overall patient experience scores. Hospitals could potentially affect 15 percent of their Value-Based Purchasing incentive payments by focusing their improvement efforts on the nurse communication metric, according to Press Ganey's research findings.More

Why EHR adoption doesn't mean the end of paper in healthcare
EHR Intelligence
The push for the adoption of electronic health records, especially the meaningful use of certified EHR technology as part of the EHR Incentive Programs, is based on the premise that the digitization of health information will led to more accurate, safer, and coordinated care. While EHR adoption will certainly lessen the role of paper records and documents in clinical settings, it will eliminate them altogether. Paper still floats around healthcare organizations and between providers. Paper documents came in from external sources. Patient registration forms require handwriting.More