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Everything you need to know about the Medicare 8-minute rule
By Heidi Jannenga
Want to know what to bill to Medicare for outpatient therapy services (aka, the 8-minute rule)? First, there are two types of CPT codes you'll need to understand in order to bill properly: service- and time-based. And here's where the 8-minute rule comes in: In order to receive reimbursement from Medicare for a time-based code, you must provide direct treatment for at least eight minutes. The key to correct billing is doing the math.
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Webinar: 'Social Media and Healthcare'
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Topic: Social Media and Healthcare

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Randy Blue, Director of Sales for MediRevv

Registration Deadline: Payment must be received on or before Nov. 20. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 27.

Most businesses and healthcare organizations are using social media now. This basic level session will provide a general overview of what social media is. Learn how the major social media sites are being used, examples of how healthcare organizations are utilizing social media both well and poorly. Legal decisions regarding employer/employee rights pertaining to social media will be covered. Find out about the ten best practices for a healthcare executive's usage of LinkedIn.

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Everyone earns 3 CEU's for attending

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SGR reform: 2 recent proposals
Healthcare Finance News
Hanging above physicians like the mythical sword of Damocles, the sustainable growth rate provision, a formulaic approach to restrain the growth of Medicare spending on physician services, threatens to impose a 24.4 percent decrease to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on Jan. 1, 2014. The two most recent proposals for a permanent SGR repeal or "doc fix" — HR 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, and a draft proposal from the chairs of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees introduced at the end of October — have much in common as well as some differences.
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Bundled payments for spine surgery: What's on the horizon
Becker's Spine Review
Cost saving efforts as a result of healthcare reform has taken over the healthcare industry in various forms, including accountable care organizations, population health management and bundled payments. Bundled payments, though popular for many orthopedic procedures, are currently not as common for spine surgeries. Should physicians and spine practices prepare for bundled payments to transform the way they make money?
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Efforts underway to help physicians find best apps to recommend
Pamela Lewis Dolan
As patient engagement becomes an increasingly important aspect of a reformed healthcare system, mobile health applications are often thought to hold great potential for getting patients more involved in their healthcare.

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Cashing in on revenue cycle improvements
Becker's Hospital Review
Most healthcare providers recognize the importance of liquidity and treat the cash on their balance sheet as sacred. But defending the balance sheet is only part of the battle.

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CMS: How to identify how ICD-10 codes will affect your medical practice
Government Health IT
In order to be fully prepared for the Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10 transition, you need to know exactly how it will affect your practice. Although many people associate coding with submitting claims, they are used in a variety of processes within clinical practices.

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Webinar: 'CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional'
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Topic: CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 or Jan. 8, noon - 12:30 p.m. EST

Speakers: AAHAM President Elect, Victoria DiTomaso, CRCE-I and AAHAM Second Vice President, John Currier, CRCE-I

Join us to learn all about the newest AAHAM certification, the Certified Revenue Cycle Professional. Find out about who should take this exam, the format, costs and what it means to your career development. There will also time to answer your questions!

We are offering this FREE webinar on two different dates to make it accessible to all of you! Choose Dec. 11 or Jan. 8.

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The hospital room of the future
The Wall Street Journal
The hospital room may be due for a checkup. Doctors and nurses, architects and designers all say the room setting has an important but largely neglected role to play in the delivery of quality care and outcomes. The hospital room has changed little since the post-World War II years, when there was a shift to semiprivate rooms from wards. But even then, the patient wasn't central to the plan. Now, the patient room of the future is being designed as a safe, private, comfortable place conducive to healing.
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Readmission penalties for COPD diagnoses slated for 2014
The Hospitalist
Next October, when COPD is added to the list of diagnoses for which hospital readmissions penalties are calculated, hospitalists will need to pay closer attention to comorbidities, home environments, socio-economic status, and other factors that can contribute to COPD readmissions.
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6 best practices for nonprofit hospitals setting executive compensation
Becker's Hospital Review
In October, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine delved into one of the most hotly contested and debated subjects within the nonprofit healthcare sector — executive compensation. Harvard University researchers found that the average nonprofit hospital CEO earned $600,000, and executives of the largest teaching hospitals with advanced technology generally receive max packages that trickle into seven figures. However, the study found there was no significant association between CEO pay and how the hospital performed on quality metrics, like mortality and readmission rates.
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Changes to CORE Rules can reduce uncompensated care
Government Health IT
Among the regulations taking hold are several electronic data interchange rules covering transactions and code sets that, while ostensibly low-level in nature, because they are conducted at the time of patient registration or scheduling, can reduce the chance that practices and hospitals provide uncompensated care.
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What's so important about thinking beyond ICD-10 compliance?
EHR Intelligence
In the context of ICD-10 compliance, getting to Oct. 1, 2014 will represent a key milestone for each health system, hospital, and physician practice that puts in the time and resources. However, it doesn't mean that the work is done and it's time to rest. It's simply the beginning of staying competitive in a new healthcare environment.
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