AAHAM eNewswatch
Dec. 19, 2012

EHRs may change concepts of patient privacy protection
The rise in electronic health record use, coupled with the new ease of ultracheap electronic data collection and processing capabilities, is fundamentally changing the concept of privacy of patient health data, according to an editorial published in a recent special patient privacy edition of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. More

Financial strength not key to starting a successful ACO
Healthcare Finance News
A new report issued by the Commonwealth Fund finds that, contrary to previous assumptions, dominant market share, employed physicians and financial strength are not essential requirements for a health system to successfully implement an accountable care organization. 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, 2013, 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, 2013. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 11, 2013.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.

Members may register online by clicking here.More

Higher readmission penalties linked to low HCAHPS scores
HealthLeaders Media
Hospitals that struggle with high rates of 30-day readmissions and fear federal penalties may look at their patient experience scores for clues on what might be driving their negative scores. More

Supreme Court to decide how late is too late on Medicare pay appeals
American Medical News
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether health professionals can fight for higher Medicare payments if they discover they were shortchanged after the statutory deadline to appeal. The outcome of oral arguments, heard Dec. 4, will determine if "equitable tolling," which allows courts to waive a deadline in extraordinary circumstances, applies in the case. More

More doctors adopting EHRs to improve patient care and safety
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Physician adoption of electronic health record and other computerized tools to help improve care, safety and coordination of healthcare for patients across the county continue to rise, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported that the percentage of doctors adopting electronic health records has increased from 48 percent in 2009 to 72 percent in 2012.More

Is your hospital's data reliable? The most common error in hospital data
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control
In an industry that focuses on evidence-based practices, measurable progress and performance-based payment, hospitals' management of data is becoming more important than ever. The accuracy of hospitals' reported data can affect the number of patients they attract and their reimbursement, as hospitals are becoming financially accountable for quality care. In addition, hospital leaders make decisions based on data; if the data are faulty, hospital leaders' decisions may negatively influence the safety and quality of care. To ensure high quality and reach their strategic goals, hospitals need to ensure they are collecting and using data appropriately.More

Doctors join hospitals, and prices soar
The News & Observer
North Carolina patients pay more for many tests and procedures if their physician is employed by a hospital, an investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer has found. It's true whether the healthcare offered is a heart stress test or a routine visit to a doctor's office. And it's part of a national shift that experts say is raising costs but not quality: Hospitals are increasingly buying doctor'’ practices, then sending bills for routine services that are significantly higher than those charged by independent doctors.More

The doctor's in, on Twitter
Los Angeles Times
Twitter. A popular online social network? Yes. A vital tool for medical research? Maybe. "Until now, healthcare providers have primarily used online networks as a promotional tool," says Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. "We think they can be much more."More

6 steps to help you prepare for the more detailed ICD-10 code set
One practical way to prepare your practice for the Oct. 1, 2014, transition to more detailed ICD-10 codes is to analyze how you currently use ICD-9 codes. Although you've probably memorized the ICD-9 codes you work with most frequently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommends that you conduct a more structured review. More