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AAHAM holds 8th annual Legislative Day
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The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management held its eighth annual Legislative Day, April 11-12, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. "We were delighted with the participation by our members and have seen the benefits of repeated meetings with our elected officials. It was rewarding to see how our members place such a high level of importance in attending and participating," said AAHAM President and Director of Patient Accounting Christine Stottlemyer. More

Physicians feeling pressure from patients' financial problems
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Data released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics indicates that fewer patients are visiting their doctors, and that those who do are cutting what they spend on prescriptions. Physicians say patients who do come are more likely to ask about cheaper alternatives. Or, patients just might take it upon themselves to find alternatives as they struggle with higher co-pays, deductibles and general economic problems as the effects of the 2007-09 recession linger. More

Insurers alter cost formula, and patients pay more
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Despite a landmark settlement that was expected to increase coverage for out-of-network care, the nation's largest health insurers have been switching to a new payment method that in most cases significantly increases the cost to the patient. 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

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The plot to keep healthcare prices from consumers
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The possibility that the Supreme Court will strike down all or part of the Affordable Care Act has given new life to Republican calls to put market mechanisms to work in holding down healthcare costs. The public is certain to hear lots more about it on the campaign trail later this year. There's one big problem, though. Markets cannot work when consumers and patients have almost no information about the prices they pay for healthcare. More

Trying to reduce readmissions? There's an app for that
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Mobile technology has major potential to address shortcomings in healthcare delivery. It has already begun to impact outcomes in chronic disease management, care coordination and population health. And, federal organizations have shown support for the potential of mobile health by initiating challenges to create mobile applications. One area that has not been widely tapped by the mobile health market is the widespread issue of preventable readmissions. More

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

With ICD-10 looming, providers look to computer-assisted coding
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As they prepare to convert to ICD-10, nearly half of providers nationwide are planning to purchase an inpatient computer-assisted coding solution within the next two years, according to a new report from KLAS. HHS has proposed to extend the deadline for compliance by one year, to Oct. 1, 2014, but providers are still anxious about the conversion, and many are also concerned about the anticipated loss of productivity during the transition. More

Study: Men more likely to be readmitted, need more post-discharge support
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In the 30 days after hospital discharge, hospital utilization is common and costly. This study evaluated the association between gender and hospital utilization within 30 days of discharge. Male subjects had a higher rate of hospital utilization within 30 days of discharge than female subjects. For men — but not for women — risk factors were being retired, unmarried, having depressive symptoms and having no PCP visit within 30 days. Interventions addressing these factors might lower hospital utilization rates observed among men. 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. More

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Aligning ICD-10 with EHRs, and the 'fail fast' learning method
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ICD-10 and electronic health records are most frequently considered separate projects, undertaken by separate teams — but perhaps they ought not be. Government Health IT spoke with Heather Haugen, vice president of research at the Breakaway Group, about opportunities the ICD-10 delay opens up in terms of clinical documentation and alignment with EHRs, controlling coders' learning curve, the anticipated productivity loss following the compliance deadline and why healthcare entities are waiting on their tech vendors to get the conversion underway. More

More physicians calling the shots in latest round of ACOs
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Most of the new accountable care organizations approved by Medicare are led by doctors, who can share bonuses for keeping patients healthy and cutting costs. Thousands of physicians will be among those coordinating patient care in the 27 accountable care organizations that were chosen in April to participate in the new Medicare shared savings payment model. More

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ICD-10: You can do it with these pointers
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The 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases is coming in 2014, if the rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services takes effect, but most physicians should not be overly concerned, Jeannine Z. P. Engel, MD, FACP, told those attending a session at the American College of Physicians annual meeting. The new coding system, already used in all industrialized nations except the United States and Spain, is "not as scary as a lot of people think it may be," she says. Preliminary work at University of Utah suggests that those who document well under ICD-9 should not find it daunting to document under ICD-10, Engel adds. 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.

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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