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Archive for November, 2011

AAAHC Announces Policy Change to Three-Year Accreditation Term

Added 11.30.11

AAAHC Announces Policy Change to Three-Year Accreditation Term Shorter Terms to Be Discontinued, Replaced by Plans for Improvement, Interim Surveys. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced today that all AAAHC accreditations will be for a standard three-year term and the less common six-month and one-year terms will be discontinued. Following an accreditation survey, there now will be only two possible outcomes: a three-year term or a denial of accreditation. The policy is effective for organizations that apply for accreditation on or after March 1, 2012, or have their surveys conducted on or after July 1, 2012. To read the AAAHC release go to: more...

Bill To Provide More Protection for EHR Users Faces Opposition

Added 11.30.11

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ICD-10: Here Comes Trouble?

Added 11.29.11

Industry sentiment on ICD-10 spans the entire spectrum. At one end, some describe it as a potential train wreck. At the other, some say the intricate coding and nomenclature system--which is mandated to take effect industry-wide on Oct. 1, 2013--is the industry's best shot at improving the way it describes, bills and pays for services. The skeptics fear a revenue cycle nightmare in which payments are stalled. The idealists envision a new era of improved documentation, quality and outcomes. A large group in the middle has no time for theorizing, since they're already submerged in making the transition. A few CIOs are beginning to plead for an extension of the deadline. Read the rest of this article from Health Data Management at: more...

NJ Physicians Launch Surgery Center Political Action Committee

Added 11.21.11

Several physicians who run ambulatory surgery centers in New Jersey have launched a political action committee, according to an NJ.com report. Read this article from Becker's ASC Review and links to this report at: more...

A Different Twist: Blue Shield of CA Recommends Use of ASCs Over Hospitals

Added 11.21.11

In an article from it's "Now I Know" newsletter, Blue Shield of California recommends the use of a network ambulatory surgery center over a network hospital for outpatient surgery as a way to save money. In the article, Blue Shield of CA states that choosing a network ambulatory surgery center (ASC) over a network hospital for outpatient surgery is a smart way for employees to save on out-of-pocket expenses. When you compare the costs, it can be an eye-opening amount. For example, the charges for a tonsillectomy procedure at a Los Angeles area network hospital can cost $3,274 versus $1,441 at a Los Angeles area network ambulatory surgery center. Read this article in its entirety at: more...

New ICD-10 Implementation Handbooks Now Available

Added 11.21.11

CMS has developed four Implementation Handbooks as additional resources to assist the health care industry with the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. Each guide provides detailed information for planning and executing the ICD-10 transition process. Use the guides as a reference whether you're in the midst of the transition or just beginning the process. View the tailored step-by-step plans and relevant templates from... more...

ASCs Must Use Safe Surgical Checklist Beginning January 1, 2012

Added 11.21.11

As part of the new Medicare quality reporting program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will ask ASCs if they used a safe surgical checklist for the entire 2012 calendar year and will then make this information public via the internet. While ASCs that answer... more...

CMS Finalizes CY 2012 OPPS/ASC Rates, Policy Changes

Added 11.15.11

On November 30, 2011, CMS is publishing its final rule updating the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the ASC payment system rates and policies for CY 2012. The following are highlights of the lengthy rule: -The final OPPS update for 2012 is 1.9%, which reflects a 3.0% market basket update reduced by two adjustments mandated by the... more...

AMA opposes ICD-10

Added 11.15.11

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted today "to work vigorously to stop implementation" of the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision family of diagnostic and procedural codes, citing the healthcare industry's already full plate for changes and reforms, including the federal push for physicians to adopt electronic health-record systems. "The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patients' care," AMA President Dr. Peter W. Carmel said in a news release from the association's four-day policy meeting in New Orleans. Read more of this article from ModernHealthcare.com: AMA opposes ICD-10 at: more...

ASCA Answers Pressing Questions on New Quality Reporting Program for Surgery Center

Added 11.14.11

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association will host a webinar on Dec. 8 describing the details of Medicare's new quality reporting program for ASCs. In preparation for the webinar, the ASCA has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the new quality reporting program. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...