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ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals
September 14, 2016
New Health Informatics Credential

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is in the process of establishing a new credentialing program for healthcare providers working in health informatics. The credential, called the advanced health informatics certification (AHIC), will be open to clinicians and informatics professionals who are not boarded physicians, including but not limited to dentists, nutritionists, nurses, osteopathic physicians, computer and information scientists, pharmacists, and radiologists.

Value-Based Purchasing in Home Health

Jan. 1, 2016 marked the beginning of a massive shift in home healthcare. On that day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began the anticipated transition to a home health value-based purchasing (VBP) system. This new Medicare reimbursement program aligns home health with the quality-oriented direction CMS is taking with the broader healthcare system, especially hospitals.

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True Market Value

When it comes to knowing what they're worth in the market, the majority of employees in the U.S. are keeping tabs, according to a survey by Robert Half, the world's oldest and largest specialized staffing firm. This information is useful to human resource professionals as they evaluate applicants and negotiate salary offers.

Clinical Documentation Is Critical for CMS Bundles

On July 25, 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that cardiac bundles would be added to their existing value-based bundled payment programs for sepsis and joint replacements, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR). These bundles are meant to support the experience of overall care through better coordination, and ultimately better outcomes across an entire episode of care - from before admission through up to 90 days post-discharge as is the case with the CJR model.


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