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Register now for the 2013 Legislative Day
AAHAM
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.
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Setting the stage for Legislative Day 2013
AAHAM
We urge Congress to pass a bipartisan deficit reduction plan this year that includes language amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to provide parity in the protections and options accorded to landlines and wireless numbers and to allow healthcare providers and their agents to contact consumers at any number provided to them.

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Hospitals try house calls to cut costs, admissions
The Wall Street Journal
To keep patients out of the hospital, healthcare providers are bringing back revamped versions of a time-honored practice: the house call. In addition to a growing number of doctors treating frail patients at home, insurers and health systems are sending teams of doctors, nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists into homes to monitor patients, administer treatments, ensure medications are being taken properly and assess risks for everything from falling in the shower to family caregiver burnout. Some are adopting programs called "Hospital at Home" to provide hospital-level care in the home, including portable lab tests, ultrasounds, X-rays and electrocardiograms.
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AAHAM webinar: 'What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program'
AAHAM
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.

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EHRs: Where will your meaningful use bonus go?
American Medical News
The question of what to do with meaningful use money is one that every practice needs to discuss early on before each physician goes through the attestation process. Being on the same page not only will help a practice achieve its goals, which very well could be contingent on everyone receiving the maximum incentive amount, but it also could prevent hurt feelings. In addition, it could avoid a lawsuit if a physician thinks he is entitled to pocketing money that the practice expects to keep.
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AAHAM webinar: 'Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel; Who Knew Excel Could Do That?'
AAHAM
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.

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HIMSS: 5 reasons CMS should stay the course with ICD-10
FierceHealthIT
Calling the transition to ICD-10 "foundational to healthcare transformation," officials from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remain committed to its Oct. 1, 2014 adoption date. In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marylin Tavenner, HIMSS chair Willa Fields and CEO H. Stephen Lieber said that ICD-10 already has been "thoroughly vetted" and should not be delayed any further.
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National health spending accelerated 4.3 percent in 2012, still slower than past 5 decades
Becker's Hospital Review
Although national health expenditures grew at an estimated rate of 4.3 percent, higher than the 3.9 percent rate in each of the previous years 2009 to 2011, healthcare spending growth is still slower than the more than 50 years on record, according to a report from the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. National health expenditures in seasonally-adjusted annual dollars were $2.87 trillion in December, with hospital spending accounting for $921 billion of that — or 32 percent of total health spending, according to the report.
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Fed-developed format for EHRs treating children released
Health Data Management
A new government-developed electronic health records format for treating children is designed to guide developers through the types of information that should be included in pediatric EHRs. Authorized under the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services collaborated on the new format.
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ACOs unite to form national association
Healthcare IT News
Out of the 258 accountable care organizations recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 60 of them, across more than 15 states, have joined together to form the National Association of ACOs. Officials at the National Association of ACOs, or NAACOS, recently announced the formation of the nonprofit organization, which allows ACOs to work together to increase quality of care, lower costs and improve the health of their communities.
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HIPAA rules overhaul ups compliance ante
Hartford Business
Attention all medical providers, hospitals and any other covered entity or business associate under HIPAA. On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release announcing "the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented" in the form of the HIPAA final omnibus rule. This long awaited final rule will become effective on March 26 and compliance must be achieved by Sept. 23. The following provides a high level outline of the significant changes.
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AMA issues 5 patient safety guidelines
HealthLeaders Media
The American Medical Association has outlined five key responsibilities physicians should adopt when providing care for patients recently discharged from the hospital. The recommendations listed in the report were developed to improve safety and reduce hospital readmissions for patients returning home, according to the AMA Center for Patient Safety, which is attempting to build a bridge between inpatient and outpatient settings.
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