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In this issue...
  • The promise of telemedicine
  • AMA chief throws support behind bill to delay ICD-10, says US should wait for ICD-11
  • Revenue cycle: The essential office
  • What do engaged patients want to hear from healthcare providers?
  • Patient advocates fight for access to medical data: 'It's a matter of life and death'
  • As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access
  • How first responders can keep patients out of the ER
  • Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills
  • Upcoming Webinars




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    The promise of telemedicine
    U.S. News & World Report
    In today's increasingly connected world, accessibility, convenience and efficiency have become the watchwords for industries everywhere. Whether it's paying bills, ordering food, watching movies, booking appointments or all other manner of daily activities, time is a valuable commodity – and there is little room for businesses that don't recognize that fact. As consumers, we have grown unaccustomed to waiting.
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    AMA chief throws support behind bill to delay ICD-10, says US should wait for ICD-11
    Healthcare Finance News
    ICD-10 should not only be delayed, but scrapped, said Steven Stack, the incoming president of the American Medical Association, throwing his organization's support behind a bill by Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe delaying its rollout.
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    Revenue cycle: The essential office
    HealthLeaders Media
    Revenue cycle leaders at hospitals and health systems oversee the complex interplay of financial necessity, clinical work, and regulations. To them falls the detail work of collecting payment from insurers and patients, bridging the gap from the finance office to physicians to ensure that clinical activities are properly documented, and negotiating with the information technology and analytics groups for the tools to wrestle data into submission. The tasks necessary for an effective revenue cycle have expanded and become vastly more complex.
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    What do engaged patients want to hear from healthcare providers?
    MedCity News
    The walls outside the meeting rooms at the Cleveland Convention Center during the Cleveland Clinic's sixth annual Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit are lined with chalkboards that encourage attendees to tell others what they want to hear, speak and feel when they themselves are patients, as everyone is at some point.
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    Patient advocates fight for access to medical data: 'It's a matter of life and death'
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    For Julia Hallisy, putting medical information into the hands of patients isn't just a professional crusade; it's a personal one. Hallisy learned the hard way that patients and their families, and not just doctors, can benefit from accessing personal medical documents, including scans, test results and written notes.
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    As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access
    Modern Healthcare
    On March 31, for-profit Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, Kentucky, closed its doors after more than two decades of business in southwestern Kentucky. Rural Fulton County's only hospital employed nearly 200 and accounted for as much as 18 percent of the town's tax base. But inpatient admissions had plummeted 50 percent over the past four years and Community Health Systems, which owned the 70-bed facility, decided it was no longer economically viable.
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    How first responders can keep patients out of the ER
    FierceHealthcare
    As hospitals look for ways to stem emergency department overuse in order to reduce costs and improve outcomes, their efforts are increasingly getting a boost from an unlikely source — first responders.
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    Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills
    Modern Healthcare
    Marleen Shroyer had never been seriously ill until one day last year when doctors discovered that she had an abscessed and perforated colon. While insurance covered most of her $180,000 medical bill from the July surgery at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, she was on the hook for the $6,000 deductible on her Blue Cross plan. "I needed help," said Shroyer, a retiree who shares an insurance plan with her husband, who is also retired. "I don't know how people are paying it."
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    Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

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    If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

    The webinar dates are:
    June 24 - 1 - 2:30 EDT Patient Access
    July 15 - 1 - 2:30 EDT Billing
    July 22 - 1 - 2:30 EDT Credit & Collections
    Aug. 5 - 1 - 2:30 EDT Management

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    Topic: Improving Health System Performance through an Integrated Revenue Cycle
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    This interesting intermediate level webinar will discuss integrated revenue cycle (IRC) leadership and team models, highlights key organizational decisions associated with this integration, and presents recommendations for managing revenue cycle changes across a health system.

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    Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

    PREPARE FOR YOUR CRCP OR STAY CURRENT IN YOUR SKILLS & EARN AAHAM CEUs AT THE SAME TIME!

    Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for each study session attended

    If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

    The webinar dates are:
    June 24 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Patient Access
    July 15 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Billing
    July 22 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Credit & Collections
    Aug. 5 - 1:00 - 2:30 EDT Revenue Cycle Management

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