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Register now for the 2013 Legislative Day
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Represent your facility, your state and your industry at the one political event that directly impacts you, your facility and your bottom-line; 2013 AAHAM Legislative Day, April 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

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.

Click here to view brochure and register.

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 deadline to register and reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate is March 4.




Managing physician relationships in an accountable care model
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The move to coordinated, accountable care has brought the importance of primary care to the immediate attention of hospital and health system executives. After all, "primary care equals market share," as Marc Halley, president and CEO of Halley Consulting Group, likes to say. "What we're looking at — population health and managing patients across the continuum of care — that all starts in the primary care office," he says. So, naturally, hospitals and health systems that are gearing up to manage population health or to form an accountable care organization as a reimbursement strategy have to be concerned with building their primary care provider base. 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.


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The future of medical records
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Electronic medical records are not working like they should — or could — according to a new analysis in Health Affairs that revisited previous predictions for the EMR revolution and found disappointing results, in terms of efficiency, saved costs and patient care. But technology is "only a tool," as an expert who helped push for the adoption of EMRs said. "Like any tool, it can be used well or poorly." Here are some ways it could be done very, very well. 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.




How physicians get paid for care coordination
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New Current Procedural Terminology codes mean that just about any practice can bill for coordinating the care of those discharged from a hospital or with multiple chronic conditions, even without having formally to transform into a patient-centered medical home or become part of an accountable care organization. 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.


Readmissions may be triggered by 'post-hospital syndrome'
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As hospital teams zealously work to prevent 30-day readmissions, they may not realize that sometimes what brings patients back into their hospitals is not what brought them there in the first place. Something else is going on. More

HHS unveils final HIPAA omnibus rule
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The long-awaited expansion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, recently unveiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, comprises four final rules, according to HHS "which have been combined to reduce the impact and number of times certain compliance activities need to be undertaken by regulated entities." More

EHR adoption could exceed 80 percent by end of 2013
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Family physicians are adopting electronic health records at a much faster rate than previous data suggested, reaching a nearly 70 percent adoption rate nationwide, new study findings reveal. The study, published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, shows EHR adoption by family physicians has doubled since 2005, with researchers estimating that the adoption rate will exceed 80 percent by the end of 2013. More

ICD-10 first of many health IT mandates
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With 2013 barely started and the "fiscal cliff" debate barely finished, many doctors are worried about a "cliff" of a different sort that they will be facing a year from now — one dealing with information technology. Physicians have three upcoming IT deadlines in 2014: one for implementing "meaningful use" requirements for electronic health records; another for implementing e-prescribing; and a third deadline for implementing ICD-10, the new diagnostic coding system with tens of thousands more codes than its predecessor, ICD-9. More

Group purchasing can boost practice revenue
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Physician practices don't typically devote much time to purchasing and inventory management because, after all, it's a doctor's office and not a warehouse. But some focus on purchasing and inventory can pay off with reduced costs big enough to affect your bottom line, says Dena Kitchens, senior director of physician services with Provista, a consulting company based in Irving, Texas. More

Some Stage 1 Meaningful Use changes effective now
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued guidance on changes in the Stage 1 electronic health records meaningful use program, some of them which are optional, that went into effect in fiscal year and calendar year 2013. More


 

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