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MGMA: HIPAA 5010 preparedness low, and it's time to worry
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A recent survey of 350 practice administrator members of the Medical Group Management Association finds high awareness of the January 2012 deadline for migrating to the HIPAA 5010 transaction sets but very low preparedness levels. Three quarters of respondents were fully or substantially aware of the deadline while less than 2 percent were not aware at all, MGMA noted in recent testimony before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a federal advisory body. Further, 85 percent of respondents said their practice has not analyzed how 5010 will affect operations. More

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Improving processes in your medical practice
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In a perfect world, you would see a patient, submit a claim, and get paid. In a perfect world, what you charged for the procedure or service would reasonably reflect both the cost and the value of what you did, and you would, in fact, be paid what you charged. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. In the world in which we currently live, a huge amount of competition exists for the limited dollars available to pay for healthcare services, and our system is structured such that the more we compete, the lower the value per unit. More

Federal government releases National Prevention Strategy for Better Health and Wellness
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On June 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officially presented its National Prevention Strategy for Better Health and Wellness. The NPS, which follows closely the recommendations of the World Health Organization that were formally adopted at its meeting on "Urbanization and Health" in Kobe, Japan, last November, outlines seven ways to improve the health of the nation. More

AAHAM 2011 professional certification training webinars
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Join AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches as we present a four-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager (CPAM/CCAM).

Whether you are planning on taking the CPAM/CCAM exams or just preparing for the future, you will want to sign up for the webinar program. Those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not. We will cover the four parts of the exam in the four-part series:

Patient Access: July 22 – 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Billing: August 5 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Credit & Collections: August 26 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Revenue Cycle Management: September 2 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT

Download the full description and printable registration form here.
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Small practices: Adapting to survive
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With more physicians choosing to join or sell to hospitals and larger practices, many wonder if the traditional physician practice is dying. More

Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

New technology to help fight Medicare fraud
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On the heels of the White House launch of the Campaign to Cut Waste — an administration wide initiative to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that starting July 1 it will begin using innovative predictive modeling technology to fight Medicare fraud. Similar to technology used by credit card companies, predictive modeling helps identify potentially fraudulent Medicare claims on a nationwide basis, and helps stop fraudulent claims before they are paid. This initiative builds on the new anti-fraud tools and resources provided by the Affordable Care Act that are helping move CMS beyond its former "pay & chase" recovery operations to an approach that focuses on preventing fraud and abuse before payment is made. More



US plans stealth survey on access to doctors
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Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery shoppers" to pose as patients, call doctors' offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it. More

Google axes health service due to feeble response
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Google Health, the search giant's online database where users can upload and manage their medical information, is being shut down. Google says it's failed to draw widespread adoption and will be phased out, disappearing completely on the first day of 2013. Rival services, some of which focus entirely on online health records, may have contributed to Google Health's demise. More

3M launches online ICD-10 training
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With health systems scrambling to meet the Oct. 1, 2013, ICD-10 implementation deadline, 3M Health Information Systems aims to help with staff training with its 3M ICD-10 Education Program. Officials say the program's 22 Web-based training modules leverage nearly 30 years of 3M coding experience and the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts to prepare coders, documentation improvement specialists and other staff for the complexities of ICD-10 coding and documentation. More
 

 
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