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ACO readiness a longer road than expected
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Many healthcare systems and hospitals transitioning to accountable care organizations are finding that it's a more complex process than they initially thought. A necessary step many have missed is establishing relationships with the physicians who will provide the accountable care. More



2013 ANI call for proposals
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"Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"

We are inviting you to become a part of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management speaker's tradition. AAHAM is currently accepting proposals to speak at the 2013 Annual National Institute held on Oct. 16-18. You are not required to be an AAHAM member to submit a program proposal.

By speaking at our Annual National Institute, you have the opportunity to impact individuals driven to improve themselves, their place of work, AAHAM, the industry and the nation. Your experiences and insights are in demand...here is your chance to share your expertise and knowledge and to give back to the industry you are committed to.

Proposals must be submitted on or before Jan. 31.
You can download the full call for proposals application here.


Study: Post-discharge phone calls reduce hospital readmissions
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Post-discharge phone calls by a case manager to certain high-risk patients were associated with fewer readmissions, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care. In the intervention group of the study, patients at high risk for readmission received a phone call from a case manager within 24 hours of discharge. More

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AAHAM webinar: 'Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What the Most Effective People Do Differently'
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Topic: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What The Most Effective People Do Differently

When: Jan. 16, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Mark Mathia, CEO & Executive Coach at Trident Coaching Systems

Program Focus: This beginner level session will discuss the ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It's no secret, connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional and family relationships, and you can start now!

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 9. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 11.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.

Members may register online by clicking here.


5 EHR predictions for 2013
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It should be an exciting year in the EHR space. As physicians continue to adopt new EHR software on the race for meaningful use and avoid penalties, we may see some changes in the way physicians previously viewed their EHR software and the focus will move to ROI. More



AAHAM webinar: 'Overview of OIG's Recent Scrutiny of Provider-Based Billing: Everything You Need to Know'
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Topic: Overview of OIG's Recent Scrutiny of Provider-Based Billing: Everything You Need to Know

When: Feb. 13, 1:30-3 p.m., EDT

Speaker: Amanda Waesch, Esquire of Brennan, Manna and Diamond

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn:
  • A general overview of the provider-based requirements in 42 CFR 413.65
  • Common billing errors of provider-based locations and billing errors under scrutiny by the OIG. Changes in CPT codes and modifiers for certain services
  • Space sharing concerns in provider-based locations
  • Hospital outpatient department, physician supervision requirements and incident-to billing requirements
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 30. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 6.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.


IT, labor costs to drive up rate-submission compliance costs
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The IT and labor costs for complying with the pending rules for federal rate filing and data submission will be roughly 70 percent higher than the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates, according to two surveys by the trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans. More

AAHAM webinar: 'What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program'
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Topic: What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program

When: Feb. 27, 1:30-3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Linda Fotheringill, Principal of Washington & West, LLC

Program Focus: In this ADVANCED webinar, learn:
  • Why the mandatory compliance program will likely require substantial changes and additions to any compliance program you currently have in place
  • What is at stake for Providers who fail to comply with the new requirements
  • How your facility can benefit from implementation of the new mandatory compliance program
  • When your Compliance Program under the Affordable Care Act must be in place
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 13. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 20.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.


Hospitals flex lobbying muscle to bypass some cuts
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For all the hits the hospital industry took in the final fiscal cliff deal, it managed to persuade Congress to avoid some of the biggest cuts that had been looming over it for years: cuts to outpatient payments, graduate medical education and "bad debt" payments. The hospitals aren't celebrating — Congress still cut the industry elsewhere, and hospital lobbyists insist those savings will be painful. But the fact that hospitals escaped the most widely expected cuts shows that the industry still holds real power with lawmakers. More

Organized medicine urges CMS to halt ICD-10 switch
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The mandated transition in late 2014 to new diagnosis codes used for billing medical services will be a significant burden for physician practices and cause many to go out of business, the American Medical Association and scores of other organized medicine groups stated in a Dec. 20, 2012, letter. The administrative and financial strains of switching to the ICD-10 code set will come at a time when physicians also will be required to participate in several quality and health information technology programs. Overlapping federal regulations and the continued threat of steep Medicare physician pay cuts will make the transition extremely difficult. More

Feds delay electronic transaction operating rules enforcement
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has postponed enforcement of new operating rules regarding the electronic exchange of information about insurance eligibility and claims status until March 31. HIPAA-covered entities — including payers, providers and clearinghouses — were required to implement these operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013, but CMS took this step to avoid "significant disruption to the healthcare industry," according to an agency announcement. More

Copying common in electronic medical records
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Most doctors copy and paste old, potentially out-of-date information into patients' electronic records, according to a new study looking at a shortcut that some experts fear could lead to miscommunication and medical errors. "The electronic medical record was meant to make the process of documentation easier, but I think it's perpetuated copying," said lead author Dr. Daryl Thornton, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. More

Population health management is a 2-way street: Encouraging patient engagement
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Under CMS' Readmissions Reduction Program, hospitals will be financially penalized for having high readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Making hospitals financially accountable for patients up to 30 days after they leave the hospital gives hospitals the responsibility of ensuring patients have the care they need beyond inpatient care. However, the patient also plays a role in preventing readmissions. The patient needs to comply with discharge instructions, such as making appointments with physicians, filling prescriptions and taking medication as prescribed. More


 

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