Medicare prepares rule to penalize hospitals with high readmission rates
Kaiser Health News Share
When hospitals discharge patients, they typically see their job as done. But soon, they could be on the hook for what happens after Medicare patients leave the premises, and particularly if they are readmitted within a month. More
2011 Annual National Institute
SAVE THE DATE! The 2011 ANI will be Oct. 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 Aug. 5! You can register online or download a printable version of the Registration Brochure at www.aaham.org.
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 Sept. 7!
Direct primary care model: Cutting out the insurer
American Medical News Share
A small but enthusiastic minority of primary care physicians believe they have found a practice model that can save money, improve patients' long-term health and drastically reduce administrative hassles: Direct primary care. Direct primary care practices are an offshoot of the retainer care model, which provides unlimited or less restricted access to physicians for a set fee. More
AAHAM Webinar: 5010 — 5 top things every revenue cycle director needs to know
When: Aug. 24 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: David Dyke, vice president Revenue Cycle Solutions at Relay Health
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will provide information on the 5010 of the X12 HIPAA transaction standard. By January 2012, Health and Human Services mandates provider organizations migrate to version 5010 of the X12 HIPAA transaction standard. Providers will be responsible for identifying the systems, software and staff preparation needed for this transition.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 12. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Aug. 17. More
Do you really need an office manager?
Medical Economics Share
"Management" is not synonymous with having a manager. You can have good management without a manager and bad management with a manager. You can have a good manager under bad management, but it is far rarer to have a bad manager under good management. Often, when we find a bad manager, we also find physician leadership that has abdicated management responsibility. Other than fielding complaints, there are a number of good reasons for a medical office to have an office manager. More
AMA offering online billing tools
American Medical News Share
The American Medical Association is taking some of its best-selling coding products and making them available online at a new interactive website. Physicians can find the most up-to-date coding, billing and compliance changes on the website, www.AMACodingOnline.com. Doctors can choose from a variety of products and resources and the tools and references needed to stay current with constantly changing coding resources. More
AAHAM Webinar: Provider-based criteria and rural health clinic billing
When: Sept. 14 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Charles A. James Jr., MBA, president & CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will provide an overview of the criteria and process for designating a clinic as provider-based. The basic components of billing as a provider-based rural health clinic will be also be presented.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Sept. 2. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 9. More
Recession still strains practice management compensation
For the second year in a row, compensation for medical practice management professionals remained relatively flat, according to the Medical Group Management Association's Management Compensation Survey. As reported last year, administrators who received raises likely got them by taking on more responsibilities. More
MGMA to HHS: Pull the disclosures rule
Health Data Management Share
Following a survey of about 1,340 members, the Medical Group Management Association is calling on the HHS Office for Civil Rights to withdraw its proposed rule governing the accounting of disclosures of protected health information. More
HIPAA disclosure rule comments highlight provider opposition
HealthLeaders Media Share
A proposed HIPAA privacy disclosures rule would be an administrative and financial burden for providers. Furthermore, the rules go beyond the scope of HIPAA, and they could intrude on the privacy of healthcare providers. Those were the predominant themes among more than 140 public comments received as the comment period drew to a close. More
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