CMS Wants More Transparency

Just in case you don’t have time to read the 219 page proposal, here are 6 key take aways from the new hospital price transparency rule. It will be interesting to watch how both health systems and consumers respond to the changes. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-finalizes-hospital-price-transparency-rule-6-things-to-know.html

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CMS Final IPPS Rule Changes for 2020

CMS released its annual Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule Aug. 2, which includes changes to the hospital wage index and raises Medicare payment rates for acute care hospitals. Eight things to know about the final IPPS rule: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-final-inpatient-payment-rule-for-2020-8-things-to-know.html

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House Votes to Overturn Ban On National Patient Identifier

“The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $99.4 billion HHS appropriations bill with several amendments including reversing a longtime ban on developing a national patient identifier, money for hospital emergency departments dealing with opioid overdoses, and a nod to the anti-vaccination controversy.” Read the full article here: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/house-votes-overturn-ban-national-patient-identifier

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CMS Proposed IPPS Rule Changes for 2020

CMS proposed IPPS rule changes for 2020 are officially out. Here’s a quick read for some key take aways: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-proposed-inpatient-payment-rule-for-2020-9-things-to-know.html

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How to Work With What You Have

It’s awesome to hear about executive buy-in to improve patient care, but what’s even more exciting is to read stories like this where Rev Cycle/HIM professionals work with what they have to make drastic improvements in a health system. Why? Because it’s rare that I am working with leaders in the industry that have everything…

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Hospital Revenue Cycle Trends to Watch in 2019

“Shrinking reimbursement rates and increasing costs keep hospital and health system CFOs and revenue cycle leaders constantly seeking strategies to improve the financial health of their organizations. Boosting revenue cycle performance is a key imperative for hospital leaders, and they’re implementing new technology and partnering with vendors to navigate the ever-changing reimbursement landscape.” Check out…

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HIPAA Awareness Campaign

Coder Direct has provided a template designed to be sent to your US Congressman and/or your US Senator in regards to the unenforceable laws on records sent overseas. The website also includes linked to find the appropriate representative in your state. It’s important that this message as heard as there is zero protection for PHI…

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$91 Million Case Against Nation’s Largest Insurer is a ‘Clear Win’ for Patients

““That’s the key takeaway, experts say, after a California Supreme Court decision in early January paved the way for the state to collect $91 million in fines from the UnitedHealthcare Group, the nation’s largest insurance company. “It’s a clear win for consumers,” said Ben Handel, a health care economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “This…

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