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NAHAM webinar on Dec. 7
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Join NAHAM on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST for a webinar titled Maximizing Performing in Patient Access. This presentation will cover Greater Baltimore Medical Center's journey to improve up-front collections by implementing tools to monitor and measure insurance verification and eligibility, collections, registration accuracy and productivity. For more information, click here. To register for this webinar, click here.

Study: Medical data breaches soar
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Security breaches among healthcare organizations are soaring. That's the conclusion of the Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts. Extrapolating the study to the entire healthcare industry, Ponomon estimates that data breaches could be costing the U.S. healthcare industry between $4.2 billion and $8.1 billion a year, or an average of $6.5 billion. The majority of these breaches weren't caused by sophisticated hacks or so-called advanced persistent threats. Most of the breaches, the survey found, were the result of employees losing or having their IT devices stolen or other unintentional, but ill-advised, employee action, according to 49 and 41 percent of respondents. More

Healthcare jobs grow ... in administration
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After New Hampshire's legislature severely cut Medicaid funding last summer, hospitals throughout the state began shedding jobs. Exeter Health Resources, which runs a 100-bed hospital near the coast, lopped off 110, almost 5 percent of its workforce, many of them nurses and other caregivers. Yet Exeter is still hiring — mainly administrative workers. In fact, the healthcare sector is not only the nation's top job generator, but it's also one of the few major industries producing new jobs at all. More

EHR adoption to reach 80 percent by 2016
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By 2016, more than 80 percent of healthcare providers will put an EHR in place, according to an IDC Health Insights report; right now the figure stands at less than 25 percent. That said, EHR vendors face a very competitive marketplace, and will have to do a better job of designing products that are more user-friendly, have broader functionality and features, and are compatible with mobile devices. More

Create Efficiencies in the Financial
Clearance Process

MedAssets Access Integrity solutions provide next-generation integrated technology designed to help healthcare providers improve cash collections, reduce front-end denials and improve efficiencies during patient registration. With patient payment liability increasing due to changing reimbursement models, it is now even more important for revenue cycle leaders to focus on improving pre-service and point-of-service patient financial clearance processes and efficiencies.

Paper is hot spot for hospital germs
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Germs that reside on doctors' lab coats, nurses' uniforms and hospital bed curtains are known to contribute to an unacceptably high rate of hospital-acquired infections. And that's just for starters. It turns out that papers passed around hospital offices, labs and patient rooms are potent transmitters of germs, too. The fact that paper can carry bacteria is not a surprise. The new study, however, makes clear that hospitals need to treat paper-transmitted bacteria seriously because the germs transfer from hand to paper so easily. More

JAMA: Proposed patient-access policy requires research
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Although a proposed policy that would provide patients with the right to request and receive their test results directly from laboratories could empower them and reduce physicians' workloads, it's unclear what the specific effects of such a policy would be, according to Hardeep Singh, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, in a recently published Journal of the American Medical Association commentary. More

HIPAA dangers lurk on Facebook; ongoing policy revisions are advised
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Only about a third of hospitals have a specific policy governing their employees' use of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, according to recent estimates. The number is growing but should be far higher, say privacy and security experts, because so many workers who handle protected health information are using the Internet and opportunities are multiplying for them to violate HIPAA, albeit unintentionally. More

Simi Valley Hospital Reaches 135% of Point-of-Service Cash Collections Goal with MedeAnalytics’ Patient Access Intelligence
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Expect these unexpected EHR challenges
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We all know the expected challenges of implementing an electronic health record — not having enough time, money or resources to go around. However, unexpected challenges are more likely to throw a wrench in your EHR implementation timeline and budget. The following four challenges are common, but usually unexpected. More

Medical database linked to better hospital care
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Hospitals that subscribe to widely used clinical knowledge support system UpToDate show modestly improved length of stay, mortality rates and quality of care. A recent study suggests that hospitals that use the service do better on all these measures than those that don't provide UpToDate to their physicians. UpToDate is one of several online services that provide frequently updated monographs incorporating the latest, most relevant medical knowledge. Clinicians can access them directly through Web browsers or launch them from EHRs using desktops, laptops or mobile devices. More

New technology gives patients control of their medical images
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Patients at three major medical institutions can control the sharing of their medical images and reports with their doctors and medical providers, which potentially reduces unnecessary exams, minimizes patient radiation exposure and makes for better informed medical decisions, according to the leaders of RSNA Image Share Network, who recently demonstrated the project. More

ICD-10: Mandate and opportunity
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As the clock continues to tick down toward October 2013, when ICD-10 takes effect, hospital leaders are hopeful that the coding changes will result in improved quality of care. Still, many remain wary of the inevitable learning curve that comes with the mandate. When ICD-10 takes effect, the number of procedure and diagnostic codes will jump from 4,000 and 14,000 to 72,000 and 69,000, respectively. The codes themselves will change from a five-digit numeric code to a seven-digit alphanumeric code. More

Centralized Access Department delivers exceptional patient service

Learn how Baystate Health Uses Actionable Intelligence to complete pre-service calls for over 60 service locations.

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