Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Can't Miss Event May 13th at NAHAM 40th Annual Conference: NAHAM University Session

NAHAM University

 Hot Topics Discussion & Networking Opportunity

The National Association of Health Access Management 40th Annual Educational Conference & Exposition will be held May 13-16th in Hollywood, Florida. The conference theme this year is "From Admitting to Patient Access: 40 Years of Leadership." Conference attendees will enjoy outstanding educational sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. 

One of the most interactive and informative sessions is held before the conference officially begins on Tuesday, May 13th at noon. Peter Kraus, Business Analyst at Emory Healthcare, will moderate a NAHAM University session that is a popular venue for attendees to meet and discuss hot topics in the industry. 

The event is open to patient access manager participants from both academic and non-academic healthcare facilities. The topics for the 2-hour interactive session are determined by conference registrants. Kraus expects this year's discussion to cover the ICD-10 transition, Meaningful Use implementation, electronic health records, and issues that arise in the admission process. Participants found past discussions very helpful as colleagues offered road-tested solutions to the issues facing participants' individual hospitals.

What Hot Topics are you interested in? What issues is your hospital facing in 2014? 

Let NAHAM hear your topic suggestions for the the NAHAM University 
session in the comments section!

NAHAM University
Tuesday, May 13
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Separate registration fee applies. Lunch is included and will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Proposed Medicare Rule Leaves Hospitals Concerned About Financial Impact

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid proposed a rule on Wednesday that makes changes to several aspects of the  Medicare payment program. The proposals were part of a wide-ranging, 1,600-plus-page proposed rule issued by the CMS outlining Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals in 2015. A final rule is scheduled to be published August 1. The policies would be effective October 1.

Under the proposed rule the payments for inpatient treatment at acute-care hospitals will decrease by $241 million in fiscal year 2015. The proposed rule would affect over 3,000 hospitals nationwide.  In addition, the CMS proposes increasing Medicare payments to long-term-care hospitals by 0.8% in 2015, a bump of $44 million. The change in payment methodology would affect 435 facilities. Under the proposed payment rule, hospitals that successfully participate in Medicare’s quality reporting system and meet the criteria for the meaningful use of health information technology will see a payment bump of 1.3%. However, because of the penalties meted out to the hospitals that don’t, the CMS is projecting an overall reduction in payments.