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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



Today is deadline to register for upcoming AAHAM webinar on 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.


Patients feel a little more confident they can pay for care
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An index measuring patients' confidence in their ability to pay for care is going up — but not yet to a point that indicates they're feeling out of the economic woods. The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index for December 2011 increased to 99 — up from 98 in November 2011 and 96 in October 2011. An increasing number means more patients feel better about their ability to pay for care in the future and were less likely to have delayed or postponed medical services in the recent past. More

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Studies contrast on hospital readmission
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A Yale professor has rebutted a recent academic study finding that hospitals that treat more low-income patients tend to have higher readmission rates. Harlan Krumholz, a Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, does not believe socioeconomic factors are causing hospitals to have higher readmission rates. Krumholz said that while his research supported the idea that hospitals with poorer patients have slightly higher readmission rates, it differed from Kaiser Health's analysis on the cause of the disparity. More

Curbing readmissions doesn't have to be costly
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It was almost too good to be true, but the results showed that it really worked. When Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital embarked on reducing readmissions with the Project Re-Engineered Discharge model, otherwise known as Project RED, program leaders couldn't believe it lowered readmissions from 34 (from July 2010 to January 2011) to only 5 (from February 2011 to July 2011). Even better, it didn't require new staff or additional dollars. 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.


Disclosure report could reveal HIPAA breaches
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A proposed rule concerning the accounting of disclosures requirement under the HIPAA Privacy Rule would give patients the right to get a report on who has electronically accessed their protected health information, and some legal experts worry that this could pose problems for healthcare providers. People would obtain this information by requesting an access report, which would document the particular persons who electronically accessed and viewed their PHI. Although covered entities are currently required by the HIPAA Security Rule to track access to electronic PHI, they are not required to share this information with people. More



What's being done to oppose and support ICD-10 implementation
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The American Medical Association has taken the next step in its vigorous opposition to ICD-10 implementation. James L. Madara, M.D., the AMA's executive vice president and CEO, wrote a letter asking Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner to stop implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. Madara's letter outlining the reasons why ICD-10 coding is a burden on physicians is a bit of a rehash of last year's AMA resolution, but there are a few new points worth highlighting. More

Practice management companies look to ACOs for growth
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Physician practice management companies are forging ahead with expansion plans into new areas of hospital-based medicine as they position themselves to participate in accountable care organizations and other aspects of health system reform. 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.


Dream of a medical price list dies in Florida Legislature
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Imagine if finding out the cost of a particular treatment or procedure at a doctors' office was as easy as locating the prices of entrees at a restaurant. The menu might read: School physicals – $40; office visit for a cold – $80; diabetes screening – $200. But to the dismay of some consumer advocates, this push for healthcare pricing transparency never made it out of the kitchen. While a Florida state House committee approved legislation that would expand the state's requirement that certain providers post the out-of-pocket prices of common healthcare services, a state Senate committee shot down a similar measure after an aggressive lobbying push by healthcare provider groups. More

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