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AAHAM webinar deadline: 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

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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

ICD-10 may not be postponed for everyone
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services blinked last week on ICD-10, but how long will the agency postpone its deadline? Furthermore, CMS' announcement mentioned that only "certain healthcare entities" would be granted a reprieve. Which entities? We don't know yet. More

If HHS delays ICD-10 long enough, could the US adopt ICD-11 instead?
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The case for leapfrogging ICD-10 and holding out for ICD-11 just got a lot more curious. And though it's not here yet, when ICD-11 is ready, it will be something ICD-10 cannot: A 21st Century classification system. Now that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has thrown her department's hat in the ring, saying that HHS intends to delay ICD-10, the most pertinent question is how long will HHS push back compliance? More

New electronic billing standards causing payment woes
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The switch to the new standards for electronic transactions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which impact how physicians bill payers for their services, has caused severe payment disruptions at some doctor practices. More

Why some practices stopped accepting patients' cash
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Few practices seem to have gone so far as to exclude cash payments, but those that have cite many reasons for doing so. Eliminating cash reduces the risk of embezzlement if a staffer takes $10 here and there over a period of time. Cash is also much more difficult to manage, and the 2 to 3 percent fee for each credit card transaction is more than covered by the reduction in costs for managing cash — such as transporting it to the bank. More

5 considerations for hospitals releasing medical records to patients electronically
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Hospitals are encouraging patients to take a more active role in their care by providing easy access to patients' lab reports and other medical information. Here, Jan McDavid, general counsel and compliance officer, and Steve Emery, director of product management at HealthPort, share five considerations for hospitals when providing patients with electronic access to their medical records. More

Hospitals demanding payment upfront from ER patients with routine problems
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Last year, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, left without treatment after being told they would have to first pay $150 because they did not have a true emergency. More

ICD-10 tops current worries for medical practices
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More than Meaningful Use of electronic health records, overall healthcare reform, or the prospect of deep reimbursement cuts, the transition to ICD-10 coding is the "most impactful" issue confronting physician practices today, according to a survey by EHR and practice management software vendor Vitera Healthcare Solutions. 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.

Save millions by paying attention to process
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Do a mental assessment of your billing offices workflow. Do you notice people milling about photocopying and faxing? In the age of Internet technology, the one supply you should see on decline is paper. If not, you may have a process problem. More

Multimedia madness: The unresolved challenge for records management
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As digital technology and mobile hardware have permeated the business world and continue to grow at staggering rates, a new challenge has emerged for legal, records management and compliance professionals: The multimedia file. Audio, video image and app files have become as much a part of the corporate technology landscape as the text-based files we love so much. The problem is, multimedia files are far more difficult to recover from archives within the conventional parameters of records retention. The issue is becoming a major challenge that is only going to get worse as mobile devices and multimedia files continue to infiltrate the corporate environment. More

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