American College of Medical Coding Specialists joints AHIMA; Hospital CEO accuses Mayo of trying to monopolize patients;

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> The 500 members of the American College of Medical Coding Specialists are joining the American Health Information Management Association, AHIMA announced this week. Going forward, ACMCS certification issues will be handled by the AHIMA-commissioned Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management. Announcement

Health Provider News

> The CEO of St. Peter's River Edge Hospital in Minnesota is calling on the Attorney General to investigate Mayo Clinic, accusing the health system giant of steering away patients from local community hospitals and becoming a dangerous monopoly. Mayo Clinic Health Systems-St. Peter and River's Edge share a building, but the city-owned hospital operates independently. River's Edge CEO Colleen Spike alleged Mayo Clinic deliberately misinformed patients about its competitors' services and redirected them to Mayo. Article

> A good hospital work environment doesn't just mean happier nurses, it means lower readmission rates. Medicare patients treated in hospitals with a more favorable nurse work environment were up to 10 percent less likely to come back than those treated in hospitals with a poor work environment, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of Medical Care. Article

Health Insurance News

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is hoping second time's the charm after naming Aetna's Michael Guyette its second CEO in only six months time. Guyette previously served as Aetna's president of national accounts, overseeing operational performance and business strategy for the insurer. Article

And Finally… Sounds like the Grinch has lost his touch. Article


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