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The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management applauds FCC's recent comments
Intercooler Online
The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management applauds the recent comments made by FCC commissioner, Michael O'Reilly regarding providing clarity to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which prohibits unwanted telephone calls and faxes. Over time the rules have become complex and unclear. AAHAM believes the TCPA should be amended immediately to improve the communication infrastructure between and among consumers and those service providers with which consumers choose to engage.
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CMS finalizes PPACA marketplace standards
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has issued a final rule addressing health insurance exchange and insurance market standards under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for 2015 and beyond. The rule contains various requirements for health insurers, the exchanges and navigators or assisters who help consumers get coverage through the exchanges, among other entities affected by the PPACA.
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Save the date: The 2014 Annual National Institute
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This year's event will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, from Oct. 15-17. Registration information will be available in July.

The ANI is attended by nearly 500 National members and over 75 exhibitors. Each year, the members of AAHAM come together to exchange ideas, renew old friends, make new ones and further their knowledge and education in the field of Patient Account Management.

If you have any questions about the ANI, please feel free to contact the National Office at 703-281-4043, ext. 209, or by email at danielle@aaham.org.

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What characteristics make up effective patient engagement?
EHR Intelligence
Many healthcare organizations and providers emphasize the importance of patient engagement, but that does not mean that they have put in place effective ways of communicating with a patient population. "I could define patient engagement very broadly," says Paula Lozano, MD, Assistant Medical Director of the Group Health Department of Preventive Care, Senior Investigator for Group Health Research Institute, and pediatrician. "Patient engagement is basically an acknowledgment that what we think about as health and healthcare has traditionally, for decades, been a paternalistic, provider-centric model and more and more we have realized that health behaviors are in the domain of the person."
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Hedging bets for subrogation success
Healthcare Finance News
A number of changes have affected the success of subrogation in the healthcare insurance setting — changes that financial executives need to be aware of in order to both mitigate negative impact and maximize opportunities. "With the Affordable Care Act and morphing of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, all involved with healthcare insurance are having to adapt — and are doing a good job given the uncertain environment we are in," said Gary L. Wickert, a partner in the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert, and Lerher, S.C. in Hartford, Wisconsin.
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ACOs tackle security challenges
iHealthBeat
Sharing is typically a good thing, but in the IT world it also introduces the risk of data loss. So it shouldn't be surprising that accountable care organizations — groups founded on the premise that exchanging data among providers will improve patient care — are viewed as potentially vulnerable.

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CMS' 2015 IPPS proposed rule: 10 points to know
Becker's Hospital Review
Many hospitals face further decreased Medicare reimbursements next year, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its proposed rule for the fiscal year 2015 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system. The 1,688-page proposed rule also includes proposed rates for long-term care hospitals.

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CMS resets ICD-10 start date
HealthLeaders Media
After one month of silence, the federal government has announced that it will reset ICD-10 implementation for Oct. 1, 2015, the earliest date allowed by law. The Department of Health and Human Services "expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning Oct. 1, 2015."

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Upcoming webinars
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'Telling Your Story; How to Use Technology to Maximize Community Benefit and Reduce Compliance Exposure'
June 18 at 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT
This timely webinar will summarize the IRS Section 501 r requirements that were enacted with passage of the Affordable Care Act. This intermediate level webinar will cover financial assistance and billing/collection issues, with a focus on utilizing electronic screening for financial assistance.
Registration deadline: Payment must be received on or before June 11

'Tips and Tricks for Navigating LinkedIn and Facebook'
July 23 at 1:30 – 3 p.m. EDT
This timely, intermediate level webinar will provide valuable information on how to get the most out your experience using both LinkedIn and Facebook for business purposes. The session will focus on accessing the AAHAM group in LinkedIn and the AAHAM Facebook page. It will also cover general user tips on navigating myriad of the social media sites features.
Registration deadline: Payment must be received on or before July 16

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How hospitalists can improve efficiency on inpatient wards
The Hospitalist
At some point in residency, we all learn that time management and multitasking are vital to ward efficiency; however, it is important to note that efficiency as a hospitalist is as much about providing high quality clinical care as it is about maximizing resources, reducing waste, and avoiding redundancy in the process. The following examines the pre-rounding, rounding, and follow-up phases of a hospitalist's typical workday and provides suggestions to help streamline your work — and enhance both personal and system efficiency.
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Evidence of HIPAA compliance tips for healthcare providers
HealthITSecurity
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services revealed $4.8 million worth of HIPAA fines. How can organizations avoid these types of penalties? According to healthcare attorney Susan Miller, detailed evidence of HIPAA compliance and going beyond just the black letter HIPAA rules will be important factors when the Office for Civil Rights makes its HIPAA audit rounds this fall. Miller said that OCR has been talking about evidence of compliance since 2009, when it first released the HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice of Proposed Rule Making.
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CMS to collect meaningful use data on public reporting
EHR Intelligence
In a notice published in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has signaled its intention to assess the readiness of public health agencies and registries in the support meaningful use requirements for eligible professionals and hospitals.
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Common ground: Payers, providers benefit from direct purchasing of medical devices
Healthcare Payer News
In a changing healthcare economy, commercial payers have to re-evaluate how they do business with hospitals in order to contain costs while also meeting the demands of their members, many of whom are seeking expensive surgeries such as knee and hip replacements. To remain financially viable in the new healthcare environment cost efficiency is essential. One opportunity payers have for cutting costs is partnering with hospitals that purchase implantable devices directly from manufacturers.
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