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2012 Legislative Day
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Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. The registration deadline is March 9. More



AAHAM webinar: Rural Health Clinic Billing
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Topic: Rural Health Clinic Billing
When: Feb. 15, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EST
Speakers: Charles James, Jr., president & CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will educate participants on the basics of Rural Health Clinic claims.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 1. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 8.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.


Save the date: 2012 Legislative Day
The 2012 Legislative Day will be April 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.


Electronic banking could save health system $4.5 billion
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A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulation sets a framework for electronic fund transfers that should cut down on administrative time and money spent on processing paper checks, officials said. The CMS interim final rule would create a new standard for electronic fund transfers between health plans and financial institutions, and specify the data content for sending payments to physicians and hospitals. Using a standardized format would allow billing and accounting systems to track payments for services electronically. More

Credit card policies catching on among practices
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As practices strive to improve collections and reduce costly no-shows, it's becoming more common for offices to require patients to provide a credit card number to secure an appointment. Though the practice is common among other service businesses, such policies may have patients initially bristling when they turn up at the doctor's office. The measure, however, is reasonable to protect practice revenue, according to consultants. More



AAHAM webinar: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
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Topic: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
When: March 7, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EST
Speakers: Bruce Nelson and Claudine Nesheiwat from Claim Assist
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will focus on proven tactics to collect on Motor Vehicle and Workers Compensation. An emphasis will be front end actions to take as well as the impact of applicable state and/or federal laws.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 22. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 29.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.


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Small medical practices greatly at risk for data breaches
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Data breach experts are issuing a warning to small practices — don't be the vulnerable target that data thieves assume you are. Small practices often lack the technical sophistication to know what tools to put in place to avoid attacks, said Jason Straight, managing director of Kroll's Cyber Security and Information Assurance unit. Or, they have the right tools, but the tools are not implemented or monitored correctly, he said. More



3 ways social media is transforming the doctor-patient relationship
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Much like other advances in health information technology, such as electronic health records and telemedicine, social media is changing how doctors and patients interact. Social media empowers patients to seek out information, make more informed decisions and partner with their healthcare providers on managing their care. More

Electronic funds transfer rule streamlines bookkeeping
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Government and commercial health plans now must use an electronic tracking number to match the claim and the plan's payment, according to a federal rule that went into effect this year. A May 2010 study in the journal Health Affairs found that physicians spend nearly 12 percent of every dollar they receive from patients to cover the costs of filling out forms and performing other administrative tasks. The study found that simplifying these systems could save four hours per week of professional time per physician and five hours of support staff time every week. More

Save the date: 2012 ANI
The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.


9 things healthcare organizations should do now to prepare for ICD-10
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Come Oct. 1, 2013, the healthcare landscape will be bidding adieu to a friend that has been around for more than 40 years: ICD-9. Replacing it is ICD-10, which will become the new procedural, diagnostic, coding and billing default of the healthcare landscape for the start of the 2014 fiscal year, much to the displeasure of several groups. The American Medical Association stated in Nov. 2011 that it will "work vigorously to stop implementation of ICD-10," but CMS has repeatedly said that ICD-10 will not be delayed any more. In anticipation of ICD-9 heading out the door, here are nine things hospitals and health organizations ought to be doing right now to prepare for ICD-10. More

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