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Upcoming webinar: Payment and Compliance Issues Surrounding Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries
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When: Dec. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Jason Johnson and Todd Doze of Healthcare Payment Specialists
Program focus: This intermediate level educational webinar will discuss how to improve your Indirect Medical Education/Graduate Medical Education/Nursing and Allied Health reimbursement as well as your HITECH Meaningful Use incentive payments by identifying and billing your Medicare Advantage stays (shadow billing).
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Nov. 23. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 30. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

5 tips for increasing self-pay patient collections
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It's no secret that the number of self-pay patients has increased dramatically in recent years. The current state of the sluggish economy means that fewer people receive health insurance through employers, and nearly all of those who are lucky enough to be insured must pay higher copays and deductibles. These increases mean patients' self-pay portions of their bills go up, often leaving providers struggling to collect from them. In these changing times, it always pays (literally) to keep focus on the collection basics. More

8 goals for hospital care delivery in 2012
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Jason Hwang, MD, MBA, an internal medicine physician and executive director of healthcare at non-profit think tank Innosight Institute, describes in the report "Disruptive Innovation in Integrated Care Delivery Systems" eight care delivery initiatives that hospitals can focus on in 2012. These goals are interconnected and can help hospitals become more comprehensive anchors of health in their communities with improved access, quality, efficiency and reduced cost. More

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Study raises questions about 'bundling' to pay doctors
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There's a lot of concern today that paying fees to medical providers for each service may lead to unnecessary care. But there's no easy way to replace the massively complicated fee-for-service system. One of the fashionable suggestions for new-style payment is "bundling," but a new study published in Health Affairs raises questions about the feasibility of bundling. More

Payers, providers, vendors all late to ICD-10, WEDI finds
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Healthcare entities are falling behind recommended timelines for implementing the required ICD-10 code sets by the Oct. 1, 2013 compliance date, according to a survey conducted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange. The study is WEDI's fifth industry-wide survey on ICD-10 readiness since 2009. It included healthcare providers, software vendors, clearinghouses and health plans. Responses indicated that although some progress is being made, each segment of the industry is not keeping up with milestones that would assure on-time implementation by October 2013. More

CPOE, data warehouses will be vital to CMS bundling program
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While few hospitals have tried bundled payments so far, hundreds are expected to participate in the new bundling program that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched in August. More

CHIME: ICD-10 conversion may require 110,000 hours of education
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Representatives from two facilities discussed the magnitude of ICD-10 implementation during an Oct. 27 town meeting session at CHIME11, the Fall CIO Forum. "We've got a good start but we're not seeing the finish line," said Albert Oriol, vice president of information management and CIO of Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. "This is bigger than a coding project." More

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Keeping an eye on business associates
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In July 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights published a proposed rule to strengthen provisions of the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules. OCR expects this year to release a final "omnibus" rule, which also will include changes to the breach notification rule. If the final rule closely follows what was proposed, it will beef up requirements on covered entities, their business associates and subcontractors of business associates. The changes are significant because the proposed rule puts new requirements on business associates and subcontractors, who are the "downstream" handlers of much of the protected health information that moves through the healthcare industry. And the new requirements, if finalized, will change relationships between the spectrum of entities handling protected health information. More

Sloppy recordkeeping can lead practices to trouble with OSHA
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Although longstanding protocols to protect workers from blood-borne pathogens and other hazards are generally followed, medical practices can be at risk for worker safety violations if they haven't written down their protocols. More

Many patients taking a pass on electronic access to records
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Nearly 56 million patients have accessed their health information on an electronic medical record system maintained by their physician, and an additional 41 million are interested in doing so, a Manhattan Research study found. But the survey, released Oct. 17, also finds that the majority of U.S. adults, 140 million, have not accessed their records, nor do they have any interest in doing so. More

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