Case Management Headlines
- ICD-10 is coming - Are you ready?
While many people thought, or hoped, that ICD-10 would be delayed again, experts say it’s really happening. The change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will occur on October 1, and case managers should take steps to understand the change and how it will affect their role.
- Notification of observation patients now mandatory
Do you have a Medicare patient who has been on observation status in your hospital for more than 24 hours? A new federal law now requires your organization to notify the patient of his or her status within 36 hours of the time he or she starts receiving outpatient services.
- Federal regulation looks to improve vaccination rates
You may feel some extra pressure to get your annual flu shot this year thanks to a new federal law that requires hospitals to report their vaccination rates for all workers at their facility.
- Help stop unnecessary or duplicate tests
Are your organization’s docs ordering too many tests? It’s possible, according to recent statistics, which estimate that unneeded and unnecessary medical interventions cost the U.S. healthcare system some $210 billion each year.
- AHA task force looks to improve access to care
An American Hospital Association task force is hoping to help improve access to care for patients in rural areas.
- Survey: Physicians say quality metrics negatively impact quality of care
A Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Fund survey of primary care physicians finds that they give the thumbs down to readmissions penalties and quality-of-care metrics—saying they will drag down patient care.