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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
AAHAM
The 2013 ANI will be Oct. 16-18, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

This year's theme is "Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"

Online registration is now open! You can download the registration brochure or register online by clicking here. The early-bird registration deadline is Aug. 16!

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Final IPPS rule elicits objections from hospital groups
HealthLeaders Media
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule establishes controversial terms that distinguish an inpatient admission from "observation" status, for which hospitals receive lower rates of Medicare reimbursement. Hospital groups are angrily objecting to the final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule specifying how hospitals are to be paid for Medicare beneficiaries' inpatient care starting Oct. 1. One group says one part of the rule "adds insult to injury" and another threatening to "proceed with our lawsuit."
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Doctors, hospitals unite to improve meaningful use stage 2
American Medical News
Predicted problems that physicians and hospitals will encounter in upgrading and using electronic health record systems with new functionality mandated by the federal government have prompted an urgent call for additional flexibility from users of the technology. The transition dates to move to stage 2 of the program for demonstrating meaningful use of an EHR system are near, and they may leave some physicians and hospitals behind, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association warned in a joint July 23 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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Developing expertise — it's harder than you think
By Mike Wokasch
There is an element of being among the best at what you do, delivering results you don't expect from somebody without expertise. True expertise implies there are few who know as much about or perform the job better.

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Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services changes to the clinical laboratory fee schedule
The National Law Review
On Friday, July 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the 2014 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Notices of Proposed Rulemaking.

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Upcoming webinars
AAHAM
'Cycling Through the Revenue Cycle: Are there Overlooked Paths of Opportunity?', on Aug. 14 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Part B Rebilling for Denied or Invalid Part A Claims', on Aug. 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health', on Sept. 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT Implications for Eligibility/Exchange Enrollment', on Sept. 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

CPAM summer webinar series, various dates

Click any of the titles above for more info.

Click here for online member registration
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Could the future of healthcare mean no waits in hospitals?
Fast Company
As medical treatment is impacted by technology, consumerization, and the mobile revolution, we may see a world where your doctor already knows why you're sick and can treat you over the phone — leaving the hospitals for the true emergencies.
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What the most common ICD-9 codes become in ICD-10
Medscape Today
The 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases is getting closer, and some physician concerns are becoming more concrete. Will it be difficult to get the codes right? Will including the new elements required in coding cause slowdowns? Will payment be affected? It's likely that doctors will face some challenges with the transition to ICD-10. However, being prepared and learning some of the key codes that you'll use most frequently can help ease the change.
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Total US clinical mobility spending forecast to reach $5.4 billion by 2016
mHealthNews
Growth in clinical mobility spending in the United States, while strong, is tempered by other demands on IT and the need to respond to health reform initiatives. However, the deployment of the meaningful use technologies (i.e. EHRs, eRx, CPOE and HIE) will accelerate the use of mobile point of care solutions to create more efficient clinical workflows.
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Can plagiarism detection tools catch EHR upcoding?
Government Health IT
Software that verifies the originality of written work is de rigueur in academic settings. Upon submission of a document, the tool quickly identifies original author, date, and color-codes portions of the submitted electronic document. Conceptually, the same software that detects when students submit a cut-and-paste class paper could also detect "cloning" within an individual's electronic health record. Might academic detection software create an opportunity for both healthcare organizations and the government to determine if the record is original?
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Share your expertise with others
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AAHAM eNewswatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AAHAM, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Bigger readmissions fines hit hospitals
Healthcare IT News
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government's campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records recently released. The penalty program, which began in October 2012, is among the toughest of Medicare's efforts to pay hospitals for the quality of their performances rather than merely the number of patients they treat. Unlike other new programs created by the federal health law, the readmissions program offers hospitals no rewards for improvements or the opportunity to opt out.
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