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The confusion of hospital pricing
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Hospital charges are all over the map: According to a report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, fees for a routine appendectomy in California can range from $1,500 to — in one extreme case — $182,955. Researchers found wide variations in charges even among appendectomy patients treated at the same hospital. More

Some physicians offer service based on monthly retainers
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Family physician Steven Butdorf of Eugene, Ore., was tired of rushing patients through appointments, tired of insurers denying procedures and tired of paperwork. "The burden of third-party health insurance reached a point where it just wasn't fun to do it anymore. It was burdensome to do it," said Butdorf. "I just decided I was going to pursue a different path." On Feb. 1, Butdorf opened Exceptional Health Care, which lets patients pay a set monthly fee in return for specific healthcare services — leaving out insurance companies altogether. 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.

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Best practices for commercial payor negotiations on new payment models
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As healthcare moves into the next decade, new payment models like bundled and episodic payments, risk-sharing agreements, value-based payments and accountable care organizations are picking up momentum and changing the way reimbursement functions in the healthcare market. These new models of payment support new models of care intended to achieve efficient, cost-effective and excellent health outcomes. As the industry moves to innovative payments, providers need to be proactive. 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

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.

7 steps to managing angry patients
Medical Economics via Modern Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All physicians — and their employees — know them: Patients who react to problems with anger and other negative emotions. In these instances, front-office staffers are usually the first line of defense. They're often busy handling multiple duties, however, and just want to get past the angry person and on to the next task. Instead of deflecting or defusing the anger, this attitude often intensifies it. What can you do to help staffers deal with hostile patients? More

Regulatory compliance alone not protecting practices against data breaches
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In an effort to meet industry and government patient privacy regulations, many healthcare organizations, including physician practices, are stuck in a "check-box mentality" that has taken focus away from other vulnerabilities, an organization behind a report on data security concludes. More

How predictive modeling cuts hospital readmissions
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With the looming threat of reimbursement losses for preventable 30-day readmissions, healthcare organizations nationwide are analyzing care transitions in an effort to achieve better outcomes and keep patients from returning to their facilities unnecessarily. While transition programs show promise in helping hospitals reduce their readmission rates, predictive models are also being used successfully in tandem with these programs. More

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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

Debt collector is faulted for tough tactics in hospitals
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Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: A debt collector at bedside. This and other aggressive tactics by one of the nation's largest collectors of medical debts, Accretive Health, were revealed by the Minnesota attorney general, raising concerns that such practices have become common at hospitals across the country. Hospitals have long hired outside collection agencies to pursue patients after they have left hospital facilities. But financial pressures are altering the collection landscape so that they are now letting collection firms in the front door, according to Don May, policy adviser for the American Hospital Association. 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.

Patients want to use social media tools to manage healthcare
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Some patients have moved beyond wanting social media content they can "follow" or "like." They want social media to be something that helps them coordinate care and navigate the healthcare system, and they think physicians are the best people to deliver it. 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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