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Half of nation's hospitals fail again to escape Medicare's readmission penalties
Kaiser Health News
Once again, the majority of the nation's hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. In the fourth year of federal readmission penalties, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient that stays in the hospital — readmitted or not — starting in October.
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First Medicare-approved transitional care center opens for business
The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service. Newport Beach-based Global Transitional Care provides transitional care to patients who are recovering at home after discharge from a hospital or another inpatient medical setting. Its goal is to prevent a return trip to the hospital, The Orange County Register reports.
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Celebrate National Case Management Week 2015
NCMW: Oct. 11-17

National Case Management Week (NCMW) is a great time to recognize your coworkers and staff for their dedication and service. The theme this year is "Case Management: A Patient's Partner in Healthcare."

Ensure you have everything you need to celebrate NCMW on October 11-17 — to see the NCMW 2015 logo and a large selection of NCMW items, visit the online store — click here.

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Ask them while they're home: Mark your calendar
Lawmakers are returning to their home states and districts for the August recess. This is a great time to meet with your Senators or Representative in one of their local offices to request their support of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (H.R. 1571 or S.843) and the Medicare Audit Improvement Act (H.R. 2156).

We recognize that not everyone has advocacy experience, but everyone can be an advocate. So next Wednesday, Aug. 12, ACMA will host a brief webinar to help prepare those who wish to meet with their members of Congress during the recess. This one-hour webinar will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central/12 p.m. Mountain/11 a.m. Pacific/10 a.m. Alaska/8 a.m. Hawaii.

We will discuss the keys to a successful meeting with members of Congress and review ACMA's positions on the observation and RAC bills. Access information and further details will soon be sent to ACMA members via email.

As the August recess begins, please block time in your schedule to meet with your lawmakers while they are home, and please plan to join us for next week's preparatory webinar.

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Last call for certification in 2015
Aug. 15 is the ACM Certification application deadline for the fourth quarter of 2015. Applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by Aug. 15 in order to take the exam during October, November or December. Learn more and apply at
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Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events
Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions, according to a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Seniors are already at high risk for complications, falls and readmissions — and hospitals are taking note. Some create special emergency centers to cater to the growing senior population.
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Hospitals seeking an edge turn to unlikely adviser — A car maker
Kaiser Health News
The equipment closet for the operating rooms at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital was a mess. Nurses had to maneuver through a maze of wheelchairs, beds, boxes and lights to find the necessary surgical supplies. "It looked kind of like a dog pile of equipment," said Dawna Willsey, a clinical director at the hospital. "It was every man for themselves trying to find anything." As public hospitals like Harbor-UCLA try to cut costs and make patients happier, administrators have turned to an unlikely ally: Toyota.
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Joint Commission announces care-integration certification
The Joint Commission has announced a new certification for integrated care, which assesses how well healthcare providers incorporate care transitions, hand-offs and information sharing during patients' transitions between hospital and outpatient care environments. The standards, which emphasize clinical integration, patient/family engagement and leadership, were tailored to accommodate multiple types, sizes and categories of healthcare providers.
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Hospital deductibles are for admitted patients only
Kaiser Health News
According to author Michelle Andrews: Here's how it works. Most health plans have medical deductibles that must be satisfied before the plan starts paying for most services (preventive care is an important exception). Some plans like yours also have separate hospital deductibles. But your hospital deductible would generally only come into play if you were admitted as an inpatient.
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House moves to protect VA whistleblowers; Obama promises veto
The House passed a measure recently that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire poor performers and give whistleblowers some of the strongest protections in history, The Washington Post reported. Under the new legislation, those who retaliate against whistleblowers, including supervisors, would face mandatory discipline, starting with a 14-day minimum suspension for a first offense and could be fired for the second.
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