Monthly Archives: May 2013

Trustees Report Shows Reduced Cost Growth, Longer Medicare Solvency

The Medicare Trustees today projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year’s report. A number of factors have contributed to the improved outlook, including lower-than-expected Part A spending in 2012, and lower projected Medicare Advantage program costs. Recent data from the Medicare Advantage program indicate that certain provisions

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Cultural Competence: The Impact of Stigma on Patients with HIV/AIDS Webcast

A LIVE WEBCAST BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE: AIDS Education and Training Center - National Multicultural Center (AETC-NMC) at Howard University College of Medicine PRESENTER: Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, MAR, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN President, Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates   LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  Define stigma and discrimination Discuss types of stigma and factors contributing to HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination Identify the consequences

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HHS Announces the Winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge

Apps help underserved and minority women take control of their health HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE announced the winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge. A first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the winning apps will help women of color prevent and fight cancer. The winning apps, Big Yellow Star, Broadstone Technologies, Appbrahma,

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In-Facility or Non-Facility Lab Coding Errors on CMS Watch List

At the time a Place of Service (POS) code is developed, CMS determines whether a Laboratory facility or non-facility payment rate is appropriate for that setting.  After a Lab provider submits claims to Medicare contractors, the M.C.s are required to make payment at the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rate designated for each POS code.  Contractors are instructed to develop local policies that develop or clarify POS setting definitions in

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Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals

HRSA offers free online health literacy training called Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals.  This free online learning experience is designed to help health professionals improve their patient-communication skills, increase their awareness and knowledge of factors that affect their communication with patients, and implement patient-centered communication practices.  The course, developed by the Health Resources and Services

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Medicaid ICD-10 Implementation Project May 2013 Update

Advisory for Mental Health Service Providers: All Medicaid providers must implement ICD-10 in order to have claims with dates of services on or after October 1, 2014, considered for payment. Nebraska Medicaid currently requires ICD-9 diagnosis codes. While DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition) codes were designed to correspond with ICD-9 codes, they do not correspond to ICD-10 codes. Mental health providers must

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Articles on Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Journal of the American Medical Association Addressing the Social Determinants of Health within the PCMH.   Annals of Family Medicine List of articles from the May-June edition, focusing on the PCMH.  Two articles in particular:  A report on the transition to a PCMH by a CHC network in New York indicates that PCMH implementation has the potential to alter processes of care and improve outcomes of care; a new study indicates that it’s possible

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Info on Outreach & Enrollment for FQHCs

The NACHC website at www.nachc.org links from the home page to important Outreach & Enrollment information for FQHCs.  On the Outreach & Enrollment page is information about job descriptions, resources, HRSA Supplemental Funding, Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators information, and links to Enroll America and Health Outreach Partners.

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PCMH Accelerator Webinar Series: Maximizing the Use of Your GE Centricity EHR for PCMH

Maximizing the Use of Your GE Centricity EHR for PCMH Webinars are scheduled for 1:00-2:30pm CDT (12noon-1:30pm MDT). Part 1 – Date: June 5, 2013 Registration deadline: June 3 Click here to register. Part 2 – Date June 12, 2013 Registration deadline: June 10 Click here to register.

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PCMH Accelerator Webinar Series: Maximizing the Use of Your GE Centricity EHR for PCMH

Maximizing the Use of Your GE Centricity EHR for PCMH Webinars are scheduled for 1:00-2:30pm CDT (12noon-1:30pm MDT). Part 1 – Date: June 5, 2013 Registration deadline: June 3      Click here to register. Part 2 – Date June 12, 2013 Registration deadline: June 10      Click here to register.

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