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Hospitals look to online reservations to ease patient waits in busy emergency rooms
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Dozens of hospitals across the country are hoping to appeal to Americans' hate-to-wait mentality by offering an end run around the notorious emergency room queue: online reservations. More



Study: ACO costs higher than CMS says
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A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association estimates start-up costs for establishing an accountable care organization are many times higher than estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More

How to manage patient flow
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Fluctuating service volumes and case mix create performance complexities, affecting current operations and revenue cycles and influencing future strategic initiatives. The key to successfully navigating care fluctuations is to discern meaningful and actionable information from statistical noise in assessing data, recognizing patterns, managing what you can manage and preparing for what you cannot. More

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AMA unveils SGR replacement plans
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The American Medical Association has called on Congress for five years of positive pay updates while Medicare tests a range of payment models, including full private contracting. More

Delay of HIPAA privacy, security rules almost over
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The long-awaited final rule that will strengthen HIPAA privacy and security safeguards to better protect electronic health information will be released by the end of the year, according to a senior health privacy official. The final omnibus rule will take effect as healthcare providers begin to exchange health information and more organizations are involved in helping to transmit sensitive data. More

Audit reports hit HHS on digital security
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Two new audit reports question HHS' commitment to digital security in health information technology. The reports, issued by HHS' inspector general's office, target both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Office for Civil Rights for failing to adequately protect patients' electronic information. More

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The new ED: Keep patients out (but happy)
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The hospital emergency department — the busy, noisy, usually chaotic place that it is — has always been a vital pathway into the hospital, the source for 50 percent to 60 percent of admissions. But now, with new healthcare reform laws and smarter ways of thinking about optimal medicine, the ED is being asked to pave a much different path, one that may lead out of the hospital as much as it leads in. More

AMA: Competition improves EHRs
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There's more than one way to display an electronic medical record — and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says the American Medical Association's board of trustees. The trustees favor the standardization of EMR features that affect interoperability, yet they also argue for letting the free market sort out the best user interface, the software that determines how information is displayed and entered into the record. Competition among vendors will eventually develop better interfaces, the trustees say More



OCR updates privacy enforcement work
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The HIPAA privacy rule has resulted in corrective actions being taken in more than 13,300 cases of alleged violations since the rule became effective in April 2003, says Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy in the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. More

OIG comes down on Medicare physician home health billing
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A new audit released by the Office of the Inspector General has brought physician billing for home health services into the spotlight. OIG said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is sometimes paying twice for the same service: once to the physician under Medicare Part B, and again to the home health agency under the Medicare home health prospective payment system. More
 
 
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