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Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators to encourage them to co-sponsor the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance. We are pushing for a companion bill to H.R. 3035, which would amend the TCPA to provide parity in the protections and options accorded to landlines and wireless numbers and to allow healthcare providers and their agents to contact consumers at any number provided to them. The TCPA needs to keep pace with the rate at which technology is changing and how it is being used by businesses and consumers. More



What the Supreme Court decision means for insurers, hospitals and drugmakers
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After months of uncertainty, America's $2.7 trillion healthcare industry finally has a few answers. The Supreme Court ruled that the healthcare law stands. For months now, the pending ruling has put the Affordable Care Act's future in limbo. Now everyone knows it has survived, and while other challenges are still ahead, it gives a bit more guidance on where things head next. Here's a look at what it means for three major healthcare sectors. More

AAHAM webinar: ICD-10 Implementation – An Advanced Dialogue
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Topic: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
When: Aug. 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Janet Hodgdon, CPA, CPC; Laurie Desjardins, CPC-I, PCS and Ilona Romanenko of Baker Newman Noyes
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will discuss ICD-10 implementation with regards to patient access, billing and collections from the perspective of finance, coding, reimbursement and technology.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 8. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Aug. 15.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.


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'Secret sauce' to payment reform is provider collaboration
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To successfully reform payment methods, payers must engage in true and meaningful collaborations with providers that move beyond simply altering payment structures to incorporate care coordination, the right information and better incentives for providers, according to Mary McCluskey, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Amerigroup. More

Hospitals celebrate decision, but threats remain
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Everybody agreed hospitals would be the biggest business losers if the Supreme Court overthrew the health act. Hospital bosses applauded and hospital stocks soared as investors bet that coverage for as many as 30 million extra Americans would reduce unpaid bills and boost profits. But the ruling that preserved most of the law — along with the promise of billions in extra hospital revenue — raises new problems for the industry. More


What Hospitals
May Not Know About
Consumer Credit Law


(And How It Can Hurt Them)  June 24th, 2012


By offering financing options to patients, providers may be unknowingly exposing themselves to substantial liability. Join us for this important webinar to explain the new consumer finance environment and highlight potential risks. REGISTER
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AAHAM 2012 professional certification training webinars
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This summer, AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches will bring back the popular four-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager (CPAM/CCAM).

Whether you are planning to take 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: Held on July 27
*Billing: Held on Aug. 10
*Credit & Collections: Held on Aug. 24
*Revenue Cycle Management: Held on Sept. 7

If you are unable to attend the sessions, CD-Roms of the entire series are available for sale. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.


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.


Are ACOs the answer for Medicaid?
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For those in charge of the federal and state dollars that go toward care for the low-income and disabled through Medicaid, there is a growing realization that their world soon must change, said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, MD. Medicare already is exploring an alternative model in the form of accountable care organizations, groups of physicians and hospitals vying to share in any savings they can produce by better coordinating patient care. But the ACO model also is starting to gain momentum with policymakers in states such as Oregon, who think a similar model of global payments and incentives can achieve the coveted trifecta of improved physician payments, better coordination of care and lower overall costs. More

Feds propose rules to control collection practices at non-profit hospitals
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The U.S. Department of Treasury has proposed rules to protect patients from abusive collection practices at charitable hospitals. Here are some key elements of the department's proposed regulations. More

2012 Patient Account Management Week – October 15-20
This year's theme is "Feel The Strength," which addresses recognition of the exemplary work that is conducted by healthcare administrative management teams in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare related industries.


HIMSS tool gauges financial risk of ICD-10
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Healthcare businesses seeking an assessment of their exposure to financial risk in relation to ICD-10 compliance have a new online tool at their disposal. The HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force and Jvion, a healthcare compliance technology and services organization, have announced the release of their collaboratively developed ICD-10 Financial Risk Calculator. 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

If you're interested in becoming a member of AAHAM, please contact Membership Director Moayad Zahralddin at 703-281-4043, ext. 202, or moayad@aaham.org.
 

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