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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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7 ways to make the ICD-10 switch less painful
Becker's ASC Review
Healthcare professionals and ambulatory surgery centers nationwide will be slowly transitioning to the ICD-10 code set in attempts to meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for implementation. Here are seven practical tips from industry professionals to make the next 20 months optimally productive and the overall switch as non-disruptive as possible.
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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.

Click here to take action.

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Electronic medical records probed for over-billing
The Center for Public Integrity
The Obama administration is forging ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to shift from paper to electronic medical records, despite continuing concerns the program may be prompting some doctors and hospitals to improperly bill higher fees to Medicare. An investigation into those billing questions — which convened a hearing recently — has yet to produce much in the way of results, and critics are questioning the seriousness of the efforts.
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Tool lets physicians compare what insurers are paying
American Medical News
Insurance company contracts can use separate payment formulas that are nearly impossible to compare. But there is a way to figure out who is paying what — a total relative value unit analysis. Totaling how much money has been paid by an insurer and dividing that number by the relative value units performed not only gives physician practices a better idea of what they're being paid, it also provides information they need to possibly secure better payments in their next deal, according to practice management consultants.

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The future of medical records
The Atlantic
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.

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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: '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.

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

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Stickiness: Why it's a must-have for any ACO
Becker's Hospital Review
When it comes to accountable care organizations, hospitals and health systems face a lengthy checklist for infrastructure requirements. Certain items, such as licenses and electronic medical records, are concrete and quantifiable, while others are more difficult to measure. Stickiness, or patient loyalty, falls into the latter.
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AMA details plan for cutting hospital readmissions
American Medical News
Outpatient physician practices can play a key part in ensuring that patients have safe transitions in care and avoid preventable hospital readmissions, according to an American Medical Association report released in February. About two-thirds of U.S. hospitals will see their Medicare pay cut by up to 1 percent under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, stated an unrelated research letter published in the Jan. 23/30 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The program was authorized by Congress as an incentive for hospitals to decrease the number of patients who need to come back to the hospitals within a month of discharge.
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Leveraging Stage 1 meaningful use strategies for Stage 2
PhysBizTech
Meaningful use attestation is top of mind for many healthcare practices as they seek to implement electronic health records and demonstrate how they use them to improve patient care. BJC Medical Group, a St. Louis-based group practice, has attested to Stage 1 MU and is preparing to attest to Stage 2. Throughout this process, the practice has found some key strategies are essential to effectively manage the attestation process.
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Solution for searching EHR unstructured data unveiled?
EHR Intelligence
An electronic health record comprises two data elements — structured and unstructured — and many in the EHR community have emphasized the value of the latter, comprising physician notes, scanned documents, and other data evading simple traditional classification. In short, their value cannot be understated.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. 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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Half of US patients can access Obamacare's 'accountable care organizations'
Forbes
More than half of the U.S. population has access to emerging medical care delivery systems known as "accountable care organizations," which reward doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and to control costs. The latest analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman says more than half of the U.S. population lives in "localities served by ACOs," which link medical care providers together to improve quality. If the providers in the ACO achieve better outcomes, they divvy up money saved with the health plans.
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New codes bridge hospitals' post-discharge billing gap
The Hospitalist
In November 2012, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized its 2013 physician fee schedule with two new transitional-care-management codes, 99495 and 99496. These codes provide reimbursement for transitional-care services to patients for 30 days after hospital discharge. CMS estimates that two-thirds of the 10 million Medicare patients discharged annually from hospitals will have TCM services provided by an outpatient doctor. Why might hospitalists be interested in these outpatient codes?
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Alert: Physicians must work around maintenance outages, high volumes to attest to 2012 meaningful use
Health Data Management
A professional participating in the electronic reporting pilot program must electronically submit 12 months of clinical quality measures data by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb 28, or their 2012 meaningful use attestation will be rejected, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warns. But the government has scheduled information system maintenance outages that attesting eligible professionals must work around during the next two weeks.
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