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2011 Annual National Institute
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SAVE THE DATE! The 2011 ANI will be October 5-7 at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Online Registration is now open; be sure to take advantage of our early bird registration rates! The early bird deadline is August 5! You can register online or download a printable version of the Registration Brochure at

It's never too early to book your rooms; you can call 866-770-7555 — and be sure to mention you are with AAHAM! The room rates are $169 for Monday-Thursday and $199 for Friday-Saturday. The room reservation deadline is September 7!

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Most practices find today's operational issues overwhelming
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Overwhelmed by changing reimbursement models, emerging regulations and adopting new technology? You're not alone. Respondents to the 2011 Medical Group Management Association Medical Practice Today survey said four of the top five "considerable or extreme challenges" they face relate to these operational issues. Three of the most troubling issues for practices had not been on practice group leaders' radars in previous years. One new concern — and the most significant for practice leaders — is reimbursement models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice. More

Understanding bundled payments
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Although 2011 may go down in the history books as the year of the accountable care organization, there's also been a tremendous amount of payment innovation on a different level — aligning incentives and optimizing the delivery of "episodes of care." Bundled (sometimes referred to as episode-based) payment structures are a means to that end. Under this model, the costs of any unplanned readmissions or complications are the responsibility of the providers, creating an economic incentive to prevent those costly events. More

States may get substantial power over health insurance exchanges
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States will have leeway in determining who operates their health insurance exchanges and which health plans qualify for sale in the exchanges, among other state powers outlined in proposed guidelines unveiled by the Department of Health and Human Services. More

Call for nominations for the Bill Spare National AAHAM Recognition 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 long-standing 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. Bill demonstrated integrity and leadership in every role he served within the organization and provided support and encouragement for so many of its members.

For more information or to receive the full nomination form please contact Moayad Zahralddin at 703-281-4043 ext. 202 or at The deadline for all submissions to the National Office is July 31.

New ICD-9 code documents wandering patients
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A new ICD-9-CM code for wandering by patients with developmental disabilities becomes effective on Oct. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, an advisory body within the Department of Health and Human Services, requested the code, V40.31-Wandering in Diseases Classified Elsewhere. More

CHIME: Don't include access report requirements in HIPAA rule
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Proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act establish standards that would be difficult for providers to meet and should be scaled back, according to comments filed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. CHIME said in its letter that the rules rely too much on technical capabilities that are not widely available and fail to acknowledge the amount of human intervention that will be necessary to achieve compliance. More

Trends to watch for curbing health costs
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As President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers scramble for ways to cut federal spending, changes to federal health entitlements have been a key negotiating point. Separately, hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers are already moving forward with their own efforts to aggressively test a variety of initiatives to rein in costs. Emerging models include vigorous consolidation, better coordination of care, new financial arrangements among healthcare providers, and greater use of medical data to identify practices that lower costs. 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: Held on July 22
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

You can still register for the Billing, Credit and Collections, and Revenue Cycle individual sections or order CD Roms of the full series.
Full descriptions, order forms, and online registration are all available at

Healthcare providers embracing cost-saving groups
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Healthcare providers are embracing accountable care organizations, a key part of last year's healthcare law, as they try to control rising Medicare and healthcare costs. Hospital administrators and healthcare experts across the country say they're creating the organizations, despite concerns about federal rules, because they realize they are the only way to remain profitable as a large portion of the nation's population moves toward old age. 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

Doctor's office is source of many infections
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Physician offices need to up their game to meet basic infection control standards, according to the CDC. Safe injection practices, good hand hygiene and a trained infection prevention leader should be standard at every ambulatory care center, the public health agency urged in guidelines for the outpatient setting. Repeated infectious outbreaks and breaches uncovered by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid inspections suggest there's plenty of room for improvement. More

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