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Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to prevent inpatient falls with injury
Approximately 11,000 fatal patient falls occur in U.S. hospitals annually, but hospitals using new measurement systems and solutions from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Preventing Falls with Injury project were able to reduce the number of patients injured in a fall by 62 percent and the number of patients falling by 35 percent.
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Calling all innovators:
Share your experiences, models and successes

ACMA is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2015 ACMA National Conference, April 26-29, 2015, in Phoenix, and we are searching for practitioners with innovative solutions, which have been tested in daily practice.

What makes a valuable presentation?
  • Best practices
  • Successful initiatives or models
  • Effective tools or interventions
  • Programs that have demonstrated successful outcomes
  • Evidence-based research
  • New information on key topics in hospital case management.
Speakers receive a 50 percent discount on main conference pricing.

Do you fit the bill? Then submit your presentation today — click here. Presentations must be submitted by June 2, 2014.

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Spend the day with us in Indianapolis and earn CEs
Registration for Indianapolis is open.

We can't wait to see you at the Indianapolis Advancement Forum on May 8. Already case managers in Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Mobile, Ala., have enjoyed the informative sessions. ACMA members pay only $299, which includes the one-day conference, a follow-up webinar and hard-copy materials.

This event offers a unique learning experience for current and prospective leaders in case management and transitions of care to advance within their field and further develop skills and competencies within this dynamic practice. With stops in five cities nationwide, this comprehensive professional advancement program will be accessible in a city near you.

The Advancement Forum is a three-part educational package designed to provide participants with education and training in core competencies and trends in case management.

Brochure and Online Registration Now Available
To download the e-brochure, click here.

For online registration, go to Be sure to register early. Space is limited!

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Learn from experts and earn CEs at your convenience
Our Webinar Series attendees have already heard from several experts on topics such as:
  • What Can We Do When Care Seems Futile?
  • The Five Tips Case Managers Must Know for Successful Transitions of Care
  • How to be a Change Survivor and Survive
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Now, two webinars remain:
  • How Regulatory Issues Affect Me — The Frontline Case Manager
  • Tracking and Tackling Readmissions
If you haven't already, register now to attend the final two webinars and to gain access to all six recordings — click here.

To read the abstracts for all webinars in the series, click here.

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JAMA studies accountability of ACOs
A recent study published by JAMA measured the stability of patient assignment, leakage of outpatient care and contract penetration for accountable care organizations in 2010 and 2011. The study found that more than one-third of Medicare beneficiaries were not consistently assigned for both years. Also, more than two-thirds of specialist office visits were conducted outside of the assigned ACO. The JAMA study concludes by calling for continued monitoring of the program to determine if any regulatory changes need to be made to improve efficiency and avoid fragmentation of care.
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Technology made health care expensive. Can it now control costs?
Technology has revolutionized medical care. Three-dimensional printers can create human valves and ears. Non-invasive heart surgeries have replaced operations that used to begin by cracking open a chest. Proton therapy is delivering higher doses of radiation targeted to cancer cells, while saving healthy tissue and organs. But all of this costs money — about $41 billion in research and development dollars, in 2012.
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Reactions mixed to CMS decision to release payment data
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted physician fee-for-service payment data to its website for public review and analysis. While researchers and number crunchers applaud the move, some in organized medicine are issuing warnings that the data should be used with caution as it can be misleading when taken out of context. CMS made the file available with a caveat that there are limitations to the data — a point with which the American Medical Association agrees, which is why it has successfully advocated for more than three decades to keep it private.
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To thwart ID theft, keep an eye on employees
Fierce Health Payer
Medical identity theft is increasing due to HIPAA violations by rogue employees, according to an article in Data Breach Today, because many companies either don't know what their people are up to or aren't using tools to monitor staff effectively. Over 7 million patient records were breached last year, an increase of 138 percent from 2012. Cases in point: Two hospital registrars reportedly accessed records of 250 patients without a business need to do so, leading to patient solicitations by medical mill health care providers.
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72 percent of patients do not know their payment responsibility during a provider visit
HIT Consultant
Seventy-two percent of patients said that they did not know their payment responsibility during a provider visit, according to a new report by InstaMed. Much of the growth in the health care payments industry has spurred from the rise in patient responsibility, as the number of patients enrolled in high-deductible health plans increased nationally to 15.5 million as of January 2013.
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Both helpful and terrifying: Smart card embedded with your health records
According to author Veronica Combs: I saw this go by on Twitter recently. I would love to have my and my kids' medical records in my wallet, but it would be one more thing to worry about losing. This is identify theft delivered on a silver platter. The most recent example of fraud enabled by lost medical records comes from a security breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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May 8 Indianapolis Advancement Forum Indianapolis Details
May 8 Minnesota Chapter Conference Bloomington, Minn. Details
June 30 Northern California Chapter Conference Napa, Calif. Details
July 19 Georgia Chapter Conference Atlanta Details
July 31-Aug. 1 Florida Chapter Conference ChampionsGate, Fla. Details
Aug. 23 MO/IL Gateway Chapter Conference St. Louis Details
Sept. 6 Kentucky/Tennessee Chapter Conference Nashville, Tenn. Details
Sept. 11-12 South Carolina Chapter Conference Columbia, S.C. Details
Sept. 26 North Carolina Chapter Conference Winston-Salem, N.C. Details
Sept. 27 Maryland Chapter Conference Baltimore Details
Oct. 11 Virginia Chapter Conference Richmond, Va. Details
Oct. 14 Wisconsin Chapter Conference Waukesha, Wis. Details
Oct. 25 Connecticut Chapter Conference Uncasville, Conn. Details
Oct. 28 Illinois Chapter Conference Rosemont, Ill. Details

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