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Registration deadline for Legislative Day is Friday
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The registration deadline for Legislative Day is quickly approaching! Be sure to register online or by fax on or before March 4 to join this important event. Take advantage of special rates at The Liaison Hotel. AAHAM has negotiated rates at $259 per night.

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Obama: Flexibility OK, but healthcare law remains
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Anxious to ease deepening political tensions with the states, President Barack Obama has told governors he wants to speed up their ability to enforce his signature healthcare law on their own terms. But his concession goes only so far: He warned he won't allow states to weaken the law. More

Registries a key ACO component
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Each day, staff members at Advocate Physician Partners, the physician/hospital organization of Advocate Health Care serving the Chicago region, can run reports on patients scheduled for appointments the following day. The reports check multiple registries — such as pharmacy, laboratory, electronic health record, oncology, chronic disease and preventive care — to identify gaps in care that physicians can address during the upcoming office visits. Registries are relatively inexpensive, critical IT components under the emerging accountable care organization care model. More

Florida lawmakers poised to privatize Medicaid statewide
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Lawmakers say Florida must overhaul Medicaid or its rising costs, which are expected to top $21 billion next year, will overwhelm the budget. The program has nearly 3 million low-income and disabled residents, with the federal government paying more than half the bill. More

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Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

Different approaches to handling same-day visits
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There are several ways of handling acute care visits. First of all, patients that walk in for care generally do so because of an acute illness or other medical problem that they feel needs attention right away. These patients do not want to hear that the doctor cannot see them. This is the most common reason that patients will change to another medical practice. Those patients who ask for same-day care must be greeted politely and their chief complaint appropriately triaged by a nurse so that their care can be managed most efficiently. More

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Consumers more confident about paying healthcare bills
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The economic recovery gradually taking hold in the U.S. is spreading to patients' ability to pay for their own care, Reuters reports. The latest Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index indicates that Americans are growing more confident about their ability to pay for healthcare over the next three months. This is a departure from the prior three months, when many reported greater difficulty handling their medical bills. More

Massachusetts General settles potential HIPAA violations
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Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Mass General, one of the nation's oldest and largest hospitals, signed a Resolution Agreement that requires it to develop and implement a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to safeguard the privacy of its patients. The settlement follows an extensive investigation by the Health and Human Service Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. More

Study: Hospitals' Facebook use is poor
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U.S. hospitals are not taking advantage of the opportunities Facebook creates to better engage patients, build healthcare communities or develop their hospital brands, according to a new study. According to the report, only a few hospitals across the country are really using social media to their advantage, and are doing it very well. More

GAO: Cut duplicate MU, e-script reporting
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A new report from the Government Accountability Office examines inconsistencies in the technology and reporting requirements for Medicare's electronic prescribing incentive program and the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program. Both programs require providers to use technology that performs similar e-prescribing functions, the congressional investigatory agency concludes. To reduce the duplication and reporting burden, GAO recommends that CMS encourage providers in the e-prescribing program adopt certified technology and expedite work to remove the reporting overlap between the two programs. More

Allscripts says it has integrated outpatient EHR with Eclipsys inpatient system
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Allscripts is moving rapidly to create a unified platform for data exchange among its inpatient, outpatient and post-acute care applications. How integrated all of its clinical information systems will actually be is still an open question, but it's obvious that the company is vying with Epic Systems to become the go-to vendor for healthcare systems that are looking to form accountable care organizations. More
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