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Don't hit snooze button on ICD-10
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Lots of healthcare CIOs, doctors, and administrators have been losing sleep over ICD-10. But now that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed extending the ICD-10 compliance deadline by one year, healthcare organizations need to make the most of this extra time, and not just hit the snooze button. More

Call for nominations for the Bill Spare Award
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The Bill Spare National AAHAM Recognition Award is presented to a National AAHAM member to acknowledge and honor significant, commendable and longstanding contributions to the AAHAM organization. The award is named in honor of Bill Spare, CPAM, who served as the National AAHAM president from 1996-1998. Spare demonstrated integrity and leadership in every role he served within the organization and provided support and encouragement for so many of its members. You may download the nomination form by clicking here. The nomination deadline is July 31. More

Preventing hospital readmissions takes a village
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Remember the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child?" Maybe it takes a village to prevent hospital readmissions, too. From Rockport to Yakima and from Detroit to El Paso, 30 community-based organizations are joining hands with hospitals in a communal effort to do just that, all funded by $500 million authorized by the Affordable Care Act for five years. More

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Going social: Addressing HIPAA violations on social media
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To say that the medical community has noticed a change in the government's enforcement stance regarding HIPAA violations would be quite an understatement. Examples of cringe-worthy behavior by providers are becoming legion. HHS investigations into this type of behavior represent a sea change in the nature of HIPAA compliance — from one of education and the handling of paper records to one of enforcement and the security of electronic media — and a change that should have CIOs, general counsels and compliance directors taking notice. Failure to proactively address these issues could land health systems in perilous waters, in the local media or even as the lead story on "60 Minutes." More

AAHAM 2012 Member Scholarship
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AAHAM offers scholarship opportunities for members and children of our members. The application can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Moayad Zahralddin at The application deadline is May 31.

Save the date: 2012 ANI
"Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes...Taking Your Revenue Cycle to New Altitudes"

The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Costs of many preventive medical exams vary as much as 700 percent
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A new report shows costs vary as much as 700 percent for some preventive examinations, and as the federal healthcare law increases demand for those procedures, it can mean an increase in premiums if employees don't pay attention to those costs. More

Patients urged to ask about cost of healthcare
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Most people have little idea what a doctor or lab will charge before they slip on a patient gown for an examination or roll up a shirtsleeve for a blood sample. But as the cost of healthcare continues to spiral, that is changing. In what could be a major shift in how Americans choose medical care, consumers are being encouraged to ask questions about the price of medical treatments, especially those their insurance plans might not cover. And health-insurance industry officials say people are going to have to become better educated about how much it costs to get routine tests or major surgery if they don't want to end up paying even more for health coverage. More

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Hospitals seeing more patient data breaches
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A bi-annual survey of 250 healthcare organizations shows that the percentage experiencing a patient data breach is up. And with the growth in electronic records-keeping, more of those problems are originating from laptops and mobile devices rather than a human slip-up in handling paper documents. More

Americans cutting back on drugs, doctor visits
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Patients cut back on prescription drugs and doctor visits last year, a sign that many Americans are still struggling to pay for healthcare, according to a study released by a health industry research group. The number of prescriptions issued to patients declined by 1.1 percent compared with 2010, and visits to the doctor fell by 4.7 percent, the report said. Visits to the emergency room, by contrast, increased by 7.4 percent in 2011, an increase that the report’s authors said was linked to the loss of health insurance resulting from long-term unemployment. More

Chapter Excellence and Journal Award applications
Applications for the 2012 Chapter Excellence and Journal Awards are now available. You may download both applications by clicking here. The Application Deadline for each award is July 31.

Medical societies: 'Choosing Wisely' list is about good judgment, not curtailing care
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When the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation published its list of 45 overused tests and procedures that physicians and patients should think twice about, it did so with the caveat that these aren't things doctors should never do — nor are they actions that should never be covered by public and private insurers. More

New AAHAM Logo Store open
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The new AAHAM Logo Store is now open. We have lots of great wearable merchandise at affordable prices, all with the AAHAM logo on it. We have sweatshirts, T-shirts, vests and even baby clothes for the youngest AAHAM fans. More

If you're interested in becoming a member of AAHAM, please contact Membership Director Moayad Zahralddin at 703-281-4043, ext. 202, or

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