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January 24, 2012 / Issue 4

In This Issue

arrowThree keys to improving self-pay patient collections

arrowChefs, butlers, marble baths: Hospitals vie for the affluent

arrowU.S. states streamline Medicaid as federal law forces changes, report says

arrowInsomniacs suffer depression, heart woes after years of little sleep

arrowStudy: "Eliminating The Individual Mandate: Effects On Premiums, Coverage, and Uncompensated Care"

arrowDigitizing health records, before it was cool

arrowAP IMPACT: Health overhaul lags in states

arrowBlog: Advocates demand clarity about options for patients in financial need

arrowHIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition

arrowHot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article

Three keys to improving self-pay patient collections

You can shorten the billing cycle and increase patient satisfaction by following these important guidelines.

By Brian W. Kueppers, CEO, APEX


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Infrastructure

Chefs, butlers, marble baths: Hospitals vie for the affluent

The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: “This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?”

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Medicare & Medicaid

U.S. states streamline Medicaid as federal law forces changes, report says

A stipulation in the 2010 healthcare law that bans U.S. states from dropping Medicaid patients has forced them to be more efficient in managing the program to save money, according to a new report.

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Life

Insomniacs suffer depression, heart woes after years of little sleep

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, according to an article published last Thursday in the journal Lancet.

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Studies and Briefs

Study: "Eliminating The Individual Mandate: Effects On Premiums, Coverage, and Uncompensated Care"

This Urban Institute / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation paper expands 2011 research examining whether the health law's controversial individual mandate – which requires most people to have health insurance – will be effective.

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Electronic Records

Digitizing health records, before it was cool

In the growing business of electronic medical records, Epic Systems is far from a newcomer: it started more than 30 years ago, and now helps keep track of 40 million patients.

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Health Reform

AP IMPACT: Health overhaul lags in states

Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.

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Personal Mandate

Blog: Advocates demand clarity about options for patients in financial need

Many Americans continue to struggle with the high cost of medical care, unaware that non-profit hospitals are required to provide information about potential financial assistance or relief. But a provision in the 2010 health law seeks to clarify what help hospitals should offer.

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Events

HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition

HIMSS12, Feb. 20-24, Las Vegas, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS12 exhibit floor. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers – six powerhouses of education, product solutions, resources and industry experts. New schedule for 2012 is Monday through Friday.

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Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to discover the top HMT archival properties concerning ACOs, a topic that is now at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Supporting ACOs
    A flexible strategy for expanding health information exchange.
  2. Why agile network management will be a game changer
    Imagine the ability to roll out a new provider network in a matter of days not months.
  3. A peek inside the network
    New Jersey’s HealthecITi-NJ HIE lays the groundwork for a statewide data network. Let’s take a look at how it works.
  4. The new reality for healthcare providers: Access to data is crucial; measurement is mandatory
    ACOs, CINs and the transition to a patient-centered medical home model for both prevention and treatment are making data access crucial for physicians.
  5. Chicken or the egg – the HIE or the ACO?
    With financial, clinical and regulatory pressures increasing steadily, and the new and confounding acronyms appearing daily, many hospitals and health systems today are wondering where they should first put their focus – building a robust health information exchange (HIE) or preparing for an accountable care organization (ACO) or other payment reform model?

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