|Jul. 9, 2014|
2015 OPPS proposed rule detailed
The 2015 outpatient prospective payment proposed rule from CMS contains refinements to the previously introduced comprehensive ambulatory payment classification policy, significant packaging of ancillary services, and a change for inpatient certification requirements. "In terms of the volume of changes, it's less than we normally see, but in terms of impact, it's on par with last year's big changes," says Kimberly Anderwood Hoy Baker, JD, director of Medicare and Compliance for HCPro, a division of BLR, in Danvers, Massachusetts.More
'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
Hospitals institute ER appointments
Healthcare Finance News
In an era of increased competition driven by the nation's Affordable Care Act, hospital executives around the country are hoping online appointments will attract patients eager to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment. "It makes for a happier camper," said Susan Dubuque, a national expert in hospital marketing. "When it comes to healthcare, consumers want more control over everything."More
Skilled nursing facility readmissions should be an ACO quality measure, government proposes in payment rule
McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Accountable care organizations should be assessed on the number of people who return to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stated in a proposed rule. The measure would track the number of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for skilled nursing patients. It would cover a 30-day window starting from the time of discharge from a hospital, critical access hospital or psychiatric hospital to a SNF. More
Back by popular demand: Professional certification
summer webinar series
Join AAHAM and top CRCE coaches as we present a 4-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Executive Exams.
Whether you are planning on taking the CRCE exams, preparing for the future or need the education to do your job better, you want to sign up for the webinar program. Statistically, those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.
Working with your practice management system vendor ensures a successful transition to ICD-10
Whether you were annoyed or relieved by the announcement of another delayed implementation of ICD-10, the benefit of having additional time to ensure a smooth transition can work to your favor. The expertise that is held by your practice management system (PMS) vendor is a key component that can contribute to a smooth transition. Many PMS vendors have integrated ICD-10 within their systems, so these vendors are ready and have the ability to test now. You likely have been getting updates from your vendor, but if not, make sure to communicate with your vendor right away. More
How effective can remote monitoring be at reducing readmissions?
Government Health IT
Research from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) suggests that reducing the rates of avoidable readmissions can be accomplished by enhancing care and support during care transitions, improving patient education and self-management support, enabling multidisciplinary team management and implementing patient-centered care planning at the end of life.More
Does meaningful use need an overhaul?
The meaningful use incentive program has stimulated electronic health record adoption in the United States — but confusing, conflicting proposals to change and delay the program's next stages lead many to wonder if meaningful use needs to be fixed.More
Hospital finance team and nursing leaders drive value jointly
Healthcare Finance News
Healthcare finance professionals must better understand how value is delivered by frontline providers, and simultaneously offer providers business insight, according to Pamela Thompson, CEO of the Association of Nurse Executives. Developing reimbursement models to match the care that is delivered is the critical next step for U.S. healthcare.More
How private should medical billing collection data be?
A recent report by the Argus Leader looked at the effects on patient privacy when medical debt is collected and reports are filed in court. These files may include items such as patient treatments or other private information and the privacy issue arises when that patient information becomes public record as part of a lawsuit. More
'Tips and Tricks for Navigating LinkedIn and Facebook'
July 23 at 1:30 – 3 p.m. EDT
This timely, intermediate level webinar will provide valuable information on how to get the most out your experience using both LinkedIn and Facebook for business purposes. The session will focus on accessing the AAHAM group in LinkedIn and the AAHAM Facebook page. It will also cover general user tips on navigating myriad of the social media sites features.
Registration deadline: Payment must be received on or before July 16
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Patient safety results should define CPOE success
The success of a computerized physician order entry implementation project should be defined by improvements to patient safety, according to Chris Snyder, a hospitalist and chief medical information officer at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. While adoption is challenging, it ultimately opens up doors for stronger governance structures. That, in turn, leads to faster decision-making, which boosts the quality of patient care, says Snyder. More
4 ways hospitals can foster more female leadership
Becker's Hospital Review
A blog post from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership lists four evidence-based practices that can help narrow the gender disparity among hospital CEO positions. The following actions were identified in interviews for a recent study that analyzed the career trajectories of 20 female hospital CEOs. More
Don't forget patient privacy when marketing your practice
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Use of marketing by healthcare providers must be in accordance with federal and state regulations relating to patient privacy, according to an article published in Medical Economics. Noting that many providers are considering or pursuing use of marking activities to bolster their practices, Matthew Colongeli, J.D., from Garfunkel Wild, P.C., in Great Neck, New York, discusses the importance of considering patient privacy when developing marketing strategies.More