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AAHAM webinar: 'Self-Administered Drugs: Demystifying Common Assumptions and Clarifying Provider Obligations'
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Topic: Self-Administered Drugs: Demystifying Common Assumptions and Clarifying Provider Obligations

When: May 29 , 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Jon Menard, Consulting Manager at Medical Bureau/ROI

Program Focus: This INTERMEDIATE webinar will provide a detailed review of Medicare's regulations governing self-administered drugs. Learn about Medicare's definition of self-administered drugs, requirements for billing Medicare and patients for self-administered drugs, and ways to ensure compliance.

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before May 15. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 22.

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Last chance for quality reporting before Medicare penalty kicks in
American Medical News
Hundreds of thousands of physicians are participating in Medicare's physician quality reporting system and are on track to stop a 1.5 percent payment penalty by submitting valid quality measure codes in 2013. However, nearly 700,000 doctors and other health professionals had not successfully reported during the most recent year for which results are available — a shortfall that will mean pay reductions for those physicians if they do not change course this year.
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AAHAM webinar: 'Enrollment Solutions in the Shadow of PPACA'
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Topic: Enrollment Solutions in the Shadow of PPACA

When: June 19, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Michael D. Wilmoth, Esquire and CEO of Advanced Patient Advocacy

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn how the enactment of the new healthcare law, (PPACA) will cause widespread changes in the way that enrollment is handled. This intermediate level session will review the challenges hospitals face and the politics versus reality. This interactive webinar will also provide information on risk versus opportunity and strategies for risk aversion. In this informative webinar, learn:
  • PPACA politics versus reality and legal challenges.
  • Key elements of PPACA
  • Risk aversion strategies
  • How will reform impact healthcare utilization changes
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 5. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 12.

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Bundled payment
Hospitals & Health Networks
While most hospital leaders see the advantages of moving to bundled payments for an episode of care, many are unprepared either for the mindset or the mechanics required to implement the emerging reimbursement model. The following are the concerns and possible strategies you should consider.
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HHS to provide more HIPAA guidance to covered entities
FierceHealthIT
On the heels of concerns that many healthcare providers misunderstand HIPAA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services plans to offer guidance and technical assistance to covered entities and business associates with concerns about the recently updated omnibus rule, Health IT Security, reports.

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5 headaches to avoid in billing
Healthcare Finance News
One of the biggest challenges hospitals face is getting paid. There's a long list of headaches contributing to a very challenging landscape in the medical billing world. Michele Hilton, general manager of medical billing services, ADP AdvancedMD, can say she's experienced all the headaches associated with medical billing.

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Obama budget signals quicker trigger on Medicare pay cuts
American Medical News
Medical organizations hailed the Obama administration's efforts to boost mental and public health in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal, but provisions in the blueprint to achieve additional savings in Medicare sounded alarms about the possible impact on payment rates.

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AAHAM webinar: 'A Little TACT is all it takes - Improving the Process of Business Office Collections'
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Topic: A Little TACT is all it takes - Improving the Process of Business Office Collections

When: June 26, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Mr. Mathia, CEO & Executive Coach of Trident Coaching Systems & Tiburon Healthcare Solutions Group

Program Focus: - In this BEGINNER webinar, learn the secret behind collecting more money is found within the lost art of TACT; Training, Advocating, Connecting and Trying. Discover ways in which your office can utilize some simple strategies to help you improve collections and offer better patient care by learning how to ask for money like a nurse effortlessly asks for a person's weight. Learn all about:
  • Understanding of your team's role in the revenue cycle process
  • Why asking for payment now insures patient satisfaction through the billing process
  • The importance of influence through the skills of connecting
  • How to try, even though you may have some apprehensiveness and fears
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 12. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 19.

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Re-engineering workflows
ExecutiveInsight
The Affordable Care Act and value-based payment structures make it imperative to shift organizational focus to outcomes over procedures and prevention over treatment. At the same time, declining reimbursement make it imperative to figure out effective ways to strengthen operational control and cut costs strategically across all functional areas of an organization.
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AAHAM webinar: 'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health'
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Topic: Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health

When: July 17, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Carl Bertrams, Principal Partner at HT Systems and Brent Grimes, Administrative Director of Patient Account Services at INTEGRIS Health

Program Focus: In this BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn about:
  • Biometrics to include an overview of the most common biometric modalities, strengths, weaknesses, and applicability for use in healthcare for positive patient identification
  • Healthcare industry-specific challenges that biometric patient identification can help solve with a focus on real-life experiences from hospital's across the country over the last five years
  • Firsthand description of why INTEGRIS Health decided to investigate biometric patient identification and the due diligence and implementation process they experienced
  • Problems solved by INTEGRIS Health and a discussion of how they are measuring the ROI for the PatientSecure project, both in hard dollars and intangible benefits
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before July 3. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by July 10.

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Study: Newer EHRsw advanced features can curb prescribing errors
Becker's Hospital Review via iHealthBeat
Newer electronic health record systems with advanced clinical decision support functions could help reduce prescribing errors over time, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Becker's Hospital Review reports.
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CPAM summer webinar series
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AAHAM 2013 Professional Certification Training Webinars
This summer, AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches held the popular Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager.

Whether you are planning on taking the CPAM/CCAM exams or just preparing for the future, you can still order the CDs of the sessions. Those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.

We covered the four parts of the exam in the 4 part series:
  • Patient Access: Held on July 19
  • Billing: Held on Aug. 2
  • Credit & Collections: Held on Aug. 16
  • Revenue Cycle Management: Held on Aug. 30
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    Obama budget signals quicker trigger on Medicare pay cuts (American Medical News)
Credit guidelines: The secret weapon to reduce stress and increase collections (By Jan Keller)
5 headaches to avoid in billing (Healthcare Finance News)
AAHAM webinar: 'Enrollment Solutions in the Shadow of PPACA' (AAHAM)
Easing the transition to ICD-10 for physicians, specialists and groups (Becker's Hospital Review)

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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the 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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CMS to host listening session on billing and coding with EHRs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS and ONC will convene a meeting May 3 inviting interested stakeholders including providers, vendors, press and others to discuss EHRs, the increase in code levels billed for Medicare services and appropriate coding in an increasingly electronic environment. Speakers will discuss key issues such as the impact of EHRs on quality and coding, as well as coding challenges facing various groups, including hospitals, doctors and other interested stakeholders.
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Getting ready for emerging care models
PhysBizTech
Like it or not change is coming to healthcare. The government, employer groups and other purchasers of healthcare are demanding higher quality and lower costs in the delivery of healthcare. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 started this evolution and whatever you call it — value-based purchasing, accountable care, patient-centered healthcare, etc. — it is taking root and starting to grow rapidly. Today there are over 300 accountable care organizations in this country touching between 25 and 30 million patients. So the question you should be asking is: What should your practices be doing to prepare for participation in emerging care delivery and value-based reimbursement models such as ACOs or patient-centered medical homes.
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IPPS proposed rule adds readmission measures, HAC timeline
HealthLeaders Media
Under a proposed federal rule, some 3,400 acute care hospitals would receive a net .8 percent reimbursement increase, including sequestration cuts, but would face penalties for new categories of readmitted patients, and new measures in quality incentive pay starting Oct. 1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued its heavily anticipated proposed rule governing acute care payment for FY 2014, shortly after the stock market closed.
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Survey: Hospitals unprepared for ICD-10
Government Health IT
The pace at which hospital administrators, health information professionals and compliance employees are moving toward the ICD-10 transition has elicited concern among industry leaders, according to a new survey that finds some 20 percent of small- and mid-sized hospitals have yet to begin any education or training for what's been billed as one of the biggest shifts U.S. healthcare organizations have ever faced.
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