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Celebrate Nurses' Week
American Nurses Association
May 6-12 is Nurses' Week, and this year's theme is "Ethical Practice, Quality Care." We hope that you use this time to celebrate with colleagues and friends and recognize the difference that nurses make at your organization. For more information on Nurses' Week, visit the American Nurses Association website.
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The 2015 National Hospital Case Management Survey results are in
The 2015 National Hospital Case Management Survey final report is now available. Every two years, ACMA conducts an extensive survey to produce 95 percent confidence level data. ACMA randomly selects hospitals from the acute care setting across the United States to participate in this survey, and collects data from more than 400 hospitals.

More than 75 data elements are included in the final report including average case loads, salary ranges, and scope of services/functions. Survey data is used by members in organizations nationwide for benchmarking, resource justification and practice improvement.

ACMA thanks those who participated in the Survey — your responses allow us to provide you and your colleagues in case management with valuable data and metrics specific to your daily practice.

The Survey results are available in the Members Only section of the ACMA website under the "Resources" tab.

Login at to download the Survey today.

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We'll work around your schedule: New educational offerings from ACMA
ACMA is offering several new webinars this spring. These webinars provide an economical source of continuing education, especially for those who are not able to travel to conferences or do not have live events in their area. Hear from leaders in the field, at your own convenience, on your schedule.

About E-Learning with ACMA
E-Learning is a newly launched platform by ACMA that offers a growing library of webinar sessions. This library currently includes sessions from the 2014 ACMA Leadership Conference and other webinars. ACMA continues to add content frequently - both live and on-demand sessions. All are economically priced and provide the leading education you have come to expect from ACMA.

Visit the E-Learning website to register for a webinar, purchase on-demand, or peruse the library - click here.

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We're going to Tampa!
Tampa, Florida, will be the host city for the 2016 ACMA National Conference. The conference will be held at the Tampa Convention Center, April 3-6, 2016.

Be sure to check for updates and announcements.

Mark your calendar now and make plans to join us for next year's event!

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Compass: Directional Training for Case Managers
Version 2.0 now available:
  • Professional narration and audio
  • 10 CEs for nurses, social workers and ACMs
  • Expanded and updated content — an increase from 15 to 18 modules
  • New modules on accountable care organizations (ACOs), the Two-Midnight Rule and more
  • E-manual available online for print and download
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Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
ACMA's Compare provides powerful tools and benchmarking to facilitate change related to avoidable delays, readmissions and denials.

If you would like to know more about Compare and evaluate it for your organization, please contact James Nickerson at

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ACMA Chapter Events
Innovative case management education near you — learn more at
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Huge Medicare appeals backlog draws Senate scrutiny
Modern Healthcare
The Senate Finance Committee is scouting for ideas that might break a massive logjam of denied Medicare claims appealed by providers and suppliers. The backlog now exceeds 500,000 cases across the first three of five levels of appeal for denied claims, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said during a hearing that included testimony from claims administrators and the CMS' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals.
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AHA, hospitals ask court to compel HHS to comply with mandatory deadlines
AHA News Now!
The AHA and three hospitals told a federal district court that the only relief sufficient to resolve the Department of Health and Human Services' violations of the statutory deadlines for timely administrative review of Medicare claims denials and provide hospitals with their indisputable rights under the Medicare Act is the court's order of mandamus to compel the agency to comply with the mandatory deadlines.
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As value trumps volume, some hospitals treat patients at home
While some hospitals use the old-fashioned concept of the house call to provide better post-discharge care, other organizations take the idea even further by treating certain patients entirely from the comfort of their homes, according to post on the New York Times' Well blog. New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital is one such organization, as it allows patients like Martin Fernandez, an 82-year-old who lives on the Upper West Side, to receive treatment outside of a traditional hospital setting.
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Consumer-driven healthcare: How 3 organizations respond to patient-centered care demands
In response to the new healthcare reality of a consumer-driven market, many hospital and systems undertake new initiatives, including partnering with competitors to increase access to services, helping patients transition from primary care practices to medical homes, providing new access points for urgent care and using technology to improve access to healthcare and the overall patient experience.
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Alternative to the Status Quo
Secondary review and audit defense services, delivering timely, cost-effective and accurate status reviews and determinations. Call 1-844-4Resonant or visit us for more information.

Don’t confuse case management with UR. In tomorrow’s marketplace, managing progression- of-care will take center stage. Are you ready?

Decoding your diagnosis: Psychiatrists unveil plain-English guide for patients
Kaiser Health News
As mental health professionals, policy makers and advocates focus on taking steps to mend the fragmented mental health care system, the role of patients and their friends and families is sometimes overlooked. That's why the American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — a guide for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage. The resource, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide To DSM-5, includes in-depth explanations of risk factors, symptoms and symptom management, treatment options and success stories.
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MCG Industry-leading Care Guidance

MCG recently released the 19th edition of its care guidelines. In preparation, MCG physician and nurse editors evaluated 140,000 unique references incorporating more than 7,000 new references into the care guidelines- an unprecedented 30,000 cited references in total! Visit our booth #230 at the ACMA National Conference to learn more.

What CMS envisions for physician quality reporting programs
By Christina Thielst
Data-driven and value-based decision making is here to stay, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been one of the drivers of this change in healthcare. The new CMS Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision will help them to evolve, making better use of data collected and adding value for their stakeholders. The Strategic Vision describes how CMS will build upon current successes in quality measurement and public reporting, and it presents a future state for their programs to strive toward over the next several years.
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June 4-7, 2015 Advancing Best Practices for Brain Injury Rehab.
Continuing Education Opportunity by TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy. *19.25 hours pending. Disciplines include: OTs, PTs, SLPs, nurses, case managers and social workers. To register please visit:
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How to avoid health system staff turnover and employee poaching
By Scott Rupp
Staffing shortages and turnover problems have become two of healthcare's biggest problems. Not only is finding quality talent a problem, keeping it is, causing concerns for hiring managers and recruiters in the current healthcare economy. Experts offer a few tips for retaining staff.
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What is the origin of Nurses Week?
By Joan Spitrey
Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and runs through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. This is a week where the worker bees of the healthcare world get some time in the spotlight. Many nurses look forward to the week of gifts, praises and a reminder of the greatness of nursing. But how did all this celebrating actually originate?
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The GOP's new case against Affordable Care Act
The Hill
Republicans are shifting their line of attack on ObamaCare, abandoning assertions that few people are taking advantage of the law for new arguments that enrollees are getting stuck with low-quality insurance plans. Republicans initially argued the Affordable Care Act had not made a dent in the size of the uninsured population. Speaker John Boehner said in March 2014 that the law had led to "a net loss of people with health insurance" because of canceled plans.
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