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The New Era of Accountable Care: A Major Paradigm Shift

Hospitals have now entered the new era of accountable care. Accountability equals responsibility, and hospitals are becoming increasingly responsible for not only the care they provide, but for the health status of the populations they serve in their respective communities. This new era of accountability brings a heightened focus on quality, safety, and service to .. read more

12
Aug
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A Note On Applying Jim Collin’s Great By Choice To The Healthcare Industry

On Sunday I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Jim Collins (best-selling author with titles including Good to Great, Built to Last, Great by Choice, etc.) at this year’s HFMA annual conference. This being my second time hearing Mr. Collins apply his theories on building and sustaining “great” businesses, I was able to .. read more

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Jun
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The Impact of Diversity in Leadership

An article in the May/June 2013 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management features an interview with Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, President & CEO of ACHE. In that article, Dr. Dolan states that “In the 1970’s, 88 percent of our new members (in ACHE) had a graduate degree in health administration. Today, less than .. read more

11
Jun
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Breach of Notification and Enhanced Enforcement HIPAA/HITECH AMENDMENTS effective March 26, 2013 ARE YOU PREPARED?

On January 17, 2013 the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued the long-anticipated final rule describing the privacy and security requirements for covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinic Health (HITECH) Act. The new final HIPAA Privacy .. read more

16
May
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Recent CMS Translations in Medical Policy with ICD-10 Codes

CMS has just released a few of the translations in medical policy with ICD-10 codes. It is important to review this information within your organization to make certain that you are mapping your codes appropriately. In addition to the diagnosis codes and procedures codes, the medical policies are addressed within an excel spreadsheet for each .. read more

01
May
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Patient Requests for Protected Health Information (PHI) HIPAA/HITECH AMENDMENTS effective March 26, 2013 – ARE YOU PREPARED?

On January 17, 2013 the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued the long-anticipated final rule describing the privacy and security requirements for covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinic Health (HITECH) Act. The new final HIPAA Privacy .. read more

24
Apr
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NCQA Extends Medical Home Concepts to Specialists in Its New Recognition Program

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that it will extend recognition to patient-centered specialty practices (PCSP); effectively relocating its primary care focused patient-centered medical homes into multi-specialty, patient-centered subdivisions. PCSP Recognition can be achieved by any eligible clinician who receives referrals from primary care physicians or other specialists and meets the NCQA’s .. read more

22
Apr
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Leadership Is About Employee Engagement

Management and leadership are different. Management is getting work done through others. Leadership is motivating and inspiring others to work hard to achieve organizational goals. Leadership of health service organizations is a complex, multi-faceted endeavor that requires a diverse set of tangible and intangible skills. At its core, leadership is fostering a working environment that .. read more

15
Apr
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Sale of and Use for Research – Protected Health Information (PHI) HIPAA/HITECH Amendments effective March 26, 2013 – ARE YOU PREPARED?

On January 17, 2013 the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued the long-anticipated final rule describing the privacy and security requirements for covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinic Health (HITECH) Act. The new final HIPAA Privacy .. read more

05
Apr
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FTC’s Consistent Guidance for Establishing “Meaningful” Clinical Integration

Clinical Integration is a term that has been used to describe a myriad of initiatives to coordinate healthcare services across providers and sites-of-care. For the purposes of substantiating joint contracting amongst otherwise competing healthcare providers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has defined clinical integration as, “…an active and ongoing .. read more

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Apr
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