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AMA forecasts busy 2014 with stage 2 meaningful use, ICD-10
EHR Intelligence
The American Medical Association is gearing up for an action-packed year, says President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. in a blog post. Between the implementation of ICD-10, the beginning of stage 2 meaningful use and several big federal changes, the top five biggest national issues to affect providers in the coming year are all hefty challenges.
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Save the dates: Legislative Day & The 2014 ANI
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Legislative Day 2014 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. from April 23-24. Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Represent your facility, your state and your industry at the one political event that directly impacts you, your facility and your bottom-line — AAHAM Legislative Day. Our strong grassroots program creates new opportunities for our industry but we need your continued support! We need you to make the trip to Washington to make a difference in our industry, attendance is limited, so register to attend today. It is all about strength in numbers. The more AAHAM members participate in this effort, the stronger the voice AAHAM will have. Remember, if you don't speak up someone else will.

The 2014 Annual National Institute will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif., from Oct. 15-17.

The ANI is attended by nearly 500 National members and over 75 exhibitors. Each year, the members of AAHAM come together to exchange ideas, renew old friends, make new ones and further their knowledge and education in the field of Patient Account Management.

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HHS to strengthen enforcement of HIPAA transaction rules
InformationWeek
The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed that all health plans get certified for compliance with the HIPAA standards and operating rules required for three types of administrative transactions, including insurance eligibility, claims status and electronic funds transfer/electronic remittance advice. This certification would help the government enforce existing requirements that plans use these operating rules.
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Health spending growth low for 4th consecutive year
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the fourth consecutive year, growth in healthcare spending remained historically low. But the likelihood this trend will continue, and how the Affordable Care Act will impact it, is still in question. From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. saw the slowest growth in healthcare spending since the government started tracking these trends in the 1960s, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An analysis of the CMS data, published Jan. 6 in the journal Health Affairs, found spending on healthcare grew by only 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion, a slight increase from the 3.6 percent growth found in 2011.
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ICD-10 checkpoint: Testing, training and teamwork in Q1
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If the results of recent industry surveys are any guide, it may be about time to throw out the official timelines and checklists in favor of an accelerated sprint towards readiness.

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Prepare for revenue cycle changes in 2014
HealthLeaders Media
As hospitals and health systems strive to protect and improve their revenue cycle, one of the greatest challenges they face in 2014 is uncertainty.

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Hospitals seek leaders with finance — not healthcare — experience
FierceHealthcare
A whopping two-thirds of hospital CEOs hired in 2014 will come from a non-healthcare background, according to a Black Book Rankings poll of more than 1,400 HR professionals at healthcare organizations.

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During ICD-10 transition, dual coding will take a toll
Government Health IT
There's no way around it. To make the conversion to ICD-10 coding by the Oct. 1 deadline, dual coding needs to be on the list. This is when healthcare organizations assign ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes simultaneously to medical records.
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CMS, Maryland to test accountable care payment reforms
EHR Intelligence
Maryland's unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services is about to morph into something even more interesting for those who are keeping an eye on value-based payment reform. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced an accountable care partnership with the state that seeks to improve patient safety while radically reducing spending through financial and quality reforms.
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Simplifying patient billing not simple
Healthcare Financed News
Patient billing and explanation of benefits documents frequently baffle both patients and providers alike. This confusion impacts providers' ability to collect on patient bills, so some providers are trying to simplify patient billing for patients in an effort to increase their debt recovery.
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Hospitals with more elderly, poor patients likely to face readmission penalties
FierceHealthcare
Hospitals are more likely to suffer costly penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if they treat more dual-eligible seniors — patients on both Medicare and Medicaid, according to a new study. Data from Medicare inpatient claims show that dual-eligible patients have an increased risk of readmission when the data is adjusted for other risks.
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Medical costs in private plans dampen in 2013
Healthcare Payer News
Medical costs in commercial plans slowed between August 2012 and August 2013, according to the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices. Spending on inpatient, outpatient and professional fees and pharmaceuticals all decelerated. Medical services are shifting increasingly toward outpatient care, and while demand has been rising, outpatient care is less expensive than inpatient care, said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
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