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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, hotel information and to register online.
Nonmembers, click here to 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.

HIPAA gets tougher on physicians
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A revised set of federal privacy rules is expected to have a significant impact on the way physicians run their practices. Revised privacy notices will need to be displayed in prominent areas of doctors' offices and on practices' websites. Patients will be able to ask for copies of their electronic health records or restrict the information given to health plans if they self-pay for services. And perhaps most important, practices might be subject to serious fines if any of their business associates cause security breaches. More

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

4 ways to engage patients, staff to improve satisfaction and quality
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Engaging patients and staff has a multitude of benefits beyond improving patient satisfaction scores — it can also reduce costs and improve care quality. In a new report, the American Hospital Association Committee on Research outlines the benefits of engaging healthcare users — communities, healthcare organizations, healthcare staff and individual patients. More

AAHAM webinar: 'Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel; Who Knew Excel Could Do That?'
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Topic: Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel; Who Knew Excel Could Do That?

When: March 20, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Anne DelPizzo, Manager of Decision Support at PATHS, LLC.

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn:
  • Manage your data and practical applications of pivot tables.
  • Drill Down in Pivot Tables - the real power behind the numbers
  • Simplify your tasks with Macros
  • Making efficient use of Excel's built in functions and formulas can make many every day workbook tasks much easier.
  • Take away strong fundamentals to build on
  • Produce spreadsheets that communicate better and really get attention
  • Increase your productivity
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before March 6. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by March 13.

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

ACO readiness: 6 chief determinants
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Numerous theories exist about what health systems need to successfully launch an accountable care organization. As more providers move towards developing ACOs, it's vital for them to understand the capabilities they need — and what they don't — to create and participate in an effective model that constrains healthcare costs while improving quality. And there's no better way to learn than from the first-hand experiences of health systems that have already taken steps toward becoming ACOs. More

Sebelius urges docs to adopt new pay models
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Healthcare providers have an obligation to try new payment models that can help lower the growth rate of health spending, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently said. "Far too many healthcare providers are still content to sit back and let others blaze the trail to a 21st century healthcare system," said Sebelius at the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference. "My plea to all of you today ... is to help us speed up the rate of change." In the last few years, healthcare spending has grown at historically slow rates, she pointed out. Meanwhile, efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired infections, hospital readmissions and elective early deliveries have shown success. But the change in care delivery and payment models isn't happening fast enough, Sebelius said. More

Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

Physicians: Delay stage 3 meaningful use regulations
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Organized medicine is urging the Obama administration to postpone drafting its stage 3 requirements for earning a bonus in its incentive program for electronic health record systems until it studies how the stage 1 criteria have worked — or not worked — in physician offices. "The stage 1 criteria were theory-based," said Dr. Jason Mitchell, director of the Center for Health Information Technology at the American Academy of Family Physicians. "Stage 3 needs to be evidence-based." More

10 recommendations to improve usability of EHRs
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An American Medical Informatics Association Task Force on Usability recommended 10 ways to improve the usability of electronic health record systems in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The AMIA task force examined the literature and vendor experiences with EHR design and implementation and made 10 recommendations across four areas: human factors health information technology research, health IT policy, industry and the clinician end-user of EHR software. More

CMS unveils 4 bundled payment models
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From Edison, N.J., to San Bernardino, Calif., some hospitals and doctors will soon embrace big financial risks with four federal bundled payment models that allow them to reap some avoided Medicare costs, even though it may mean absorbing excess patients' expenses up to 90 days after they leave acute care settings. "For doctors who have never managed care before, who stay independent and have done a lot of fee for service medicine, this is a way to start changing the culture, which is what we need to do because the old dis-aggregated, specialty driven fee-for-service system is what's bankrupting this country," says Steven Barron, president of 463-bed St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif. William Oser, chief medical director of 498-bed JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., says that by working with doctors to be more efficient, and streamlining hospital services, for example adding certain test procedures on weekends, length of stay and therefore costs can be reduced. More

Why CAC can't solve all your ICD-10 problems
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Americans like to cure things. We're always looking for a pill or procedure to fix what ails us. That also applies to workplace problems. If something doesn't work right, fix the machine or get an app to do it. Combine those two tendencies and you have a healthcare system that embraces computer-assisted coding. The technology has the potential to boost coding productivity to a level that compensates for the drop that's going to come when healthcare organizations transition to ICD-10 implementation. But CAC doesn't solve all the problems created by the ICD-10 transition. More


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