Get your workflow efficiency in gear
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Like any busy enterprise, a medical practice can resemble a perpetual motion machine. And like most machines, it's subject to glitches, slowdowns and worse if systems aren't constantly watched, reassessed and updated. More
Healthcare administration simplification
As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More
Call for 2012-2013 AAHAM officer nominations
Nominations for our National AAHAM 2012-2013 slate of officers were declared open Friday, April 1. We are now reaching out to all members to submit nominations for the following offices: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations are open and will be accepted through May 4. Submit your nominations to Linda M. Patry, CPAM, AAHAM National Nominating & Voting Chair, by email to email@example.com.
Revenue cycle management for your physician practice
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Revenue Cycle Management. What does it mean? In a nutshell, it means taking steps to assure that you get paid for what you do and that you get paid in a timely fashion. The revenue cycle starts when the patient calls your office for an appointment and your staff captures the patient's name, phone number and maybe the name of their insurance company. The cycle ends when the balance on their account is zero. More
Why you must prepare for ICD-10 now
The use of ICD-10 commences in 2013, but surprisingly to most doctors, it's important to start preparing and planning now — even two years in advance. What can happen if you don't? Lack of payment, confusion and revenue delays. More
Healthcare giants to show feasibility of cross-country data exchange
Five large integrated delivery systems — all of them pioneers of electronic health records — have formed a consortium to demonstrate the feasibility of cross-country health information exchange. More
Appealing denied claims seems to work
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A government review of the rates at which insurers decline to write policies and reject claims for payment found that when physicians and patients appealed denied claims, those appeals were "frequently" successful, with 39 to 59 percent resulting in a reversal. More
AMA builds a mobile coding app
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The American Medical Association has introduced its first mobile application, a reference tool to enable physicians to quickly find appropriate CPT billing codes. More
Cost, productivity top EHR concerns
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Loss of productivity is the top worry for doctors thinking about switching from paper medical records to electronic ones, according to a new survey. The online study provides a snapshot of medical practices' experiences adopting an electronic health record system and the barriers to those that have not. Most medical practices (80.1 percent) that have already adopted an EHR said they intend to participate in the EHR meaningful use incentives available through the HITECH act. However, only 13.6 percent of them are ready to meet all 15 core criteria required for eligibility to receive incentive payments. More
Bill seeks outside review of relative values in Medicare services
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A Democratic lawmaker has proposed changing the way the Medicare program identifies physician services for which it pays too little — or too much — by requiring independent contractors to review doctor fees annually. More
AAHAM Spring 2011 webinar schedule is now available
May 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Richard (Dick) Finnegan, CEO of The Retention Institute, as we present this lively webinar, "The Recession is Over and I Quit." Payment must be received on or before April 29. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 6. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
May 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC, CPCO, Director at IMA Consulting as we present this informative and timely webinar, "ICD-10, Don't Panic, Prepare." Payment must be received on or before May 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 13. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
June 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and April Langford, Vice President, Revenue Cycle at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC) as we present this informative and timely webinar, "Automating Patient Access Workflow; A Case Study." Payment must be received on or before May 18. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 27. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
Everyone earns three CEUs for attending. Online Member Registration is available at www.aaham.org. More