2012 Legislative Day
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Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. The registration deadline is March 9. This year's Legislative Day focuses on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. More

Legal risks of going paperless
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System breaches; modification allegations; E-discovery demands. These issues are becoming common courtroom themes as physicians transition from paper to EMRs, legal experts say. Not only are EMRs becoming part of medical negligence lawsuits, they are creating additional liability. Whatever the future holds for EMRs, it's important that doctors reduce their liability risks during system implementation, legal experts say. More

ICD-10 proponents cry foul
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made it official that her agency will "initiate a process" to "examine the pace" of ICD-10's implementation, with a new compliance date forthcoming. But many quality leaders and providers, not to mention vendors, are imploring HHS to hang tough. More

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Can IT keep the patients away?
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Providers have been aware of problems with patient readmissions, but what was once a back-burner priority has suddenly grown into a looming dilemma, thanks to the move by Medicare to start penalizing hospitals that consistently show high rates of readmissions. And information technology plays a huge role in efforts to reduce readmissions, but providers are struggling to determine where I.T. will have the biggest impact in the process of extending the care continuum in a hybrid paper/electronic environment. More

Fee-for-service shift to new payment models a big change for docs
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If you're not already trying to navigate bundled payments, pay-for-performance, withholds and risk pools, capitation and shared savings, you will be soon. Although many doctors still receive payments on a fee-for-service basis, there's no avoiding these radically different payment models. With an emphasis on lowering cost and improving quality, more doctors are being put on a budget and required to do a better job coordinating patients' care. More

The 5 steps you can take now to protect PHI
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The adoption of electronic health records is making protected health information more susceptible than ever to exposure, loss, or theft. What were once localized records are now transmitted across the healthcare ecosystem, from the front desk to the cloud, from healthcare plans to downstream subcontractors. Despite the increased risks of exposure, healthcare organizations lack the resources and, in some cases, the sense of urgency, at the boardroom level, that would make protecting PHI a high priority. More

Remote monitoring helps Geisinger cut readmissions
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A remote monitoring program implemented by Geisinger Health Plan using interactive voice response and other telemonitoring technology to aid case managers has shown a 44 percent reduction in hospital readmissions. The Geisinger Monitoring Program uses a range of technologies to increase the number of interactions patients had with caregivers post-discharge. More

Study: Digital records may not cut health costs
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Computerized patient records are unlikely to cut healthcare costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often, a new study concludes. Industry experts have said that electronic health records could generate huge savings, But research published recently in the journal Health Affairs found that doctors using computers to track tests, like X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging, ordered far more tests than doctors relying on paper records. More

Save the date: 2012 ANI
The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

To stay fiscally healthy, some hospitals want fewer patients
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To survive the unprecedented challenges coming with federal healthcare reform, California hospitals are upending their bedrock financial model: They are trying to keep some patients out of their beds. Hospital executives must adapt rapidly to a new way of doing business that will link finances to maintaining patients' health and impose penalties for less efficient and lower-quality care. It's too soon to know precisely how the changes will affect patients. But experts say more will be treated in clinics and doctors' offices than in hospitals. And when they are admitted, their hospital stays could be shorter. More

Who are the chronically costly? Healthcare's 1 percent
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They are older patients with cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other serious chronic conditions. Many have multiple health problems, and their relatives might not be helping with their care. Most have private insurance, are white and female. They are the costliest 1 percent of patients in the U.S. Caring for them accounts for more than 20 percent of what the nation spends on all of its healthcare. More

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