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Month: April 2014

What’s up with ICD 10?

Did you know that ICD-10 that WAS going to be implemented this October is now delayed? A law was recently passed that delays ICD-10 for at least one year. The specific language says that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt ICD-10 before October 2015, and therefore does not require or mandate a new date. We are waiting for guidance from the Secretary of HHS, which we anticipate will be within the next 120 days. We have a corporate steering committee that is working on our current plans to determine the pace of how we proceed. At a high level we will complete our software upgrades. Also, we are continuing coding and documentation training, but are delaying formal physician training until 2015. Stay tuned for additional...

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Clothing Kindness

Elkhart General Associates collected more than 1,200 pieces of clothing and shoes in March for the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful effort, especially Mechelle Kemp, manager of Outpatient Surgery, Endoscopy and Preadmitting, and the main OR. “We organized this event as a way to give back to the community,” says Mechelle....

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10 Great Ideas to Pay it Forward

April 24 was Pay It Forward Day, a special day in which people can make a difference and experience the true power of giving. The idea is simple: together we can change the world, one good deed at a time. Clean out your old clothes and donate to someone in need. Give to Beacon’s GEM program (foundation.qualityoflife.org/ways-to-give/gem) Let someone with only a few items cut in front of you at the grocery store. Babysit for free for a couple who doesn’t get out much. Give to someone something (meal, favor) they really need when they least expect it. Create...

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Beacon Receives Indiana Excellence Award

The U.S. Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC) selected Beacon Health System a recipient of the 2013 Indiana Excellence Award. Each year, the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify organizations that have achieved success in their local business environment and industry category. Beacon has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values....

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Take Time to Take Care of Yourself

As women, we know you take time to protect the health of so many other people in your life. It’s what makes you a great woman. But lost, amid watching over others and the rush of life, is your health. And your health not only matters to you, but especially to those who love you. That’s why it’s time you took care of yourself and that starts by getting your mammogram. Did you know mammography detects most cancers in women without symptoms? In fact, after the age of 40, there is no better defense against breast cancer than an...

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