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Failure to Manage Diabetic Eye Disease Screenings Carries Staggering Costs

Cheryl Clark

Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding eye disease that affects 45% of Americans with diabetes. But turf battles between primary care providers and ophthalmologists and reticence from payers over screenings are racking up costs. >>>

 

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How CBOs May Help Shrink Readmissions

Under a program outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, community-based organizations stand to receive federal funds to do in outpatient settings certain tasks that hospitals don't and can't—to help patients self-manage their care for 30 days post-discharge. >>>

Medical Schools, Students See Gaps in Policy Education

While most medical students feel obligated to put the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into practice, they don't understand much about it, a study shows. Does spending time scrutinizing the details of healthcare policies serve medical students well? >>>

Sharing Analytics Improves Outcomes, Revenue

The secret to successfully using business intelligence in a healthcare enterprise is to not only distribute the data to top leadership, but to all those in the organization with a need to know. >>>

DRG 312 Reviews Put Providers 'In a Squeeze'

Under diagnosis-related group 312, providers in Ohio and Kentucky could potentially have their records requested by Medicare recovery audit contractors for a complex medical review. The CIGNA Government Services error rate for DRG 312 is 80 percent. >>>

HIEs Essential in Fee-for-Value Era

Though preliminary results indicate health information exchanges can help healthcare organizations save money, there's still reluctance by some to share data. To realize the cost benefits, healthcare leaders must make a clinical and financial leap of faith and work with their competitors. >>>

Medicare Pay Cuts for Poor Readmission Scores Begin

Two provisions of the healthcare reform law will affect the way hospitals receive payment for care provided to Medicare patients. For some struggling hospitals, the change represents a significant financial chunk. >>>



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Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses. Register Today



News Headlines

Opinion: The growing bipartisan support for health courts

Health Affairs, October 4, 2012

Electronic medical billing may inflate payments

The Dartmouth, October 4, 2012

More MA doctors embracing new payment models

The Boston Globe, October 4, 2012

EHRs improve patient outcomes, aid targeted treatment

InformationWeek, October 4, 2012

Investigation of woman's care at VA hospital mired in bureaucracy, confusing reports

The Washington Post / Associated Press, October 4, 2012

Exeter Hospital wants freeze on legal discoveries in Hep C outbreak

Foster's Daily Democrat, October 3, 2012

EHR savings debate grows

InformationWeek, October 2, 2012

Patients like reading their doctors' notes

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, October 2, 2012

Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

Herald-Tribune / Associated Press, October 1, 2012

Experts disagree on 'best hospitals' rankings

USA Today, October 1, 2012



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