Diagnotes Inc. and Advanced Healthcare Associates team up

Diagnotes Inc. and Advanced Healthcare Associates have announced an expanded partnership that will place the Diagnotes mobile and web-based clinical communication system.

AHA pushes for payment policies to benefit hospital-based skilled nursing facilities


The government should adjust Medicare payment policies to better support the type of care provided in hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, the American Hospital Association urged in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.

CMS should modernize hospital admission status policies, say provider groups


Provider groups assert regulators should update existing policies when determining hospital inpatient and outpatient admission status.

Medicare auditors becoming more active, denying more claims, survey shows


Requests for medical records by Medicare's fraud-detecting recovery audit contractors (RACs) jumped sharply from the first- to the second-quarter of fiscal year 2012, a new survey reveals.

Senators request ACO rule withdrawal

Seven Republican Senators have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to withdraw a proposed regulation creating accountable care organizations, according to a letter released Tuesday.

The reaction to ACOs? Ouch!

The reaction to ACOs? Ouch!


I haven't heard them pronounced this way yet, but long-term care providers might want to consider it when it comes to ACOs. Instead of spelling it out, as in A-C-O, say it phonetically, as in "Ache-O."

AHA announces chair of long-term care section

Dr. Michele Bellantoni, the medical director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center, was named the 2011 chair of the American Hospital Association's Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation section.

AHA asks Sebelius to scale back meaningful use requirements

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Hospital Association said it has found that hospitals have significantly less flexibility when it comes to demonstrating 'meaningful use' of electronic medical records.

Yarwood warns states not to opt out of Medicaid

States thinking of withdrawing from the Medicaid program should think again, the head of the American Health Care Association says.

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