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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
  • Telemedicine could yield $6 billion annually in healthcare savings
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • The Obamacare mandate isn't forcing people to buy health insurance after all
  • Training physicians for empathy
  • Back by popular demand: Professional certification summer webinar series
  • CMS delays Open Payments System public launch
  • EHR adoption outpaces HIE, patient engagement
  • Physicians question safety of medical auction site




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    'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
    AAHAM
    Manchester Grand Hyatt
    San Diego, California
    October 15-17, 2014

    Online registration is now open!

    The early-bird registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 15!

    It's never too early to make your hotel reservations! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 22. For reservations please call 888-421-1442 and reference AAHAM or click here.

    The ANI is attended by nearly 500 National members and over 75 exhibitors. Each year, the members of AAHAM come together to exchange ideas, renew old friends, make new ones and further their knowledge and education in the field of Patient Account Management.

    AAHAM's ANI always attracts a large number of qualified speakers, who present on a variety of topics. Be sure to check out this year's Agenda and Exhibitor listing (coming soon) for the ANI. Get a sneak preview of what sessions and educational opportunities will be taking place at this year national meeting.

    If you have any questions about the ANI, please feel free to contact the National Office at 703-281-4043, ext. 209, or by email at danielle@aaham.org.
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    New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
    BPT via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Each year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, degenerative neurologic disorder that each person experiences differently. For patients and families today and in the future, living well with disease requires recognizing that we play an important role in our own health. Patient engagement – the proactive decisions we make about our own health and wellness, such as seeking care from the right doctors and health professionals, strengthening a relationship with a physician, or seeking deeper connection to a patient or caregiver community – can play a critical role in helping us feel and live better.
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    Telemedicine could yield $6 billion annually in healthcare savings
    Health Data Management
    Telemedicine has the potential to deliver more than $6 billion a year in healthcare savings to U.S. companies, according to an analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson. "While this analysis highlights a maximum potential savings, even a significantly lower level of use could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings," said Allan Khoury, M.D., a senior consultant at Towers Watson.
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    New: CRCP certification study webinar series
    AAHAM
    Prepare for your CRCP or stay current in your skills and earn AAHAM CEUs at the same time!

    Whether you are planning on taking the CRCP exams, preparing for the future or need the education to do your job better, you want to sign up for the webinar program. Statistically, those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.

    Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for EACH study session attended!

    The webinar dates are:
    Sept. 11, 2014: Patient Access
    Sept. 25, 2014: Billing
    Oct. 9, 2014: Credit & Collections
    Oct. 23, 2014: Revenue Cycle Management
    *Webinars run from 1-3 p.m. EDT (noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific)

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    The Obamacare mandate isn't forcing people to buy health insurance after all
    Forbes
    The Obama administration told the Supreme Court two years ago that without a requirement to buy insurance, the uninsured will wait to insure until they get sick. But guess what? Almost none of the uninsured are affected by the mandate any way. That's the conclusion of a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, reported in the Wall Street Journal.
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    Training physicians for empathy
    HealthLeaders Media
    A pair of training programs exposes medical students to art and loss, teaches them about the emotional aspects of patient care, and helps them avoid burnout. The healthcare industry is rife with change, and how it trains new doctors is no exception.
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    Back by popular demand: Professional certification summer webinar series
    AAHAM
    Join AAHAM and top CRCE coaches as we present a 4-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Executive Exams.

    Whether you are planning on taking the CRCE exams, preparing for the future or need the education to do your job better, you want to sign up for the webinar program. Statistically, those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.

    Earn 4 AAHAM CEUs for EACH 2 hour study session attended.

    The webinar dates are:
    July 18, 2014: Patient Access
    Aug. 1, 2014: Billing
    Aug. 15, 2014: Credit & Collections
    Aug. 29, 2014: Revenue Cycle Management
    *Webinars run from 1-3 p.m. EDT (noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific)

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    New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Full-day, no-charge Partners in Parkinson's events across the United States put Parkinson’s patients and doctors in the spotlight as they lead in-depth panel discussions on living well with Parkinson's disease. Resource fairs showcase local Parkinson’s health care providers, support and exercise groups, and political advocacy organizations.

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    AHA: Price transparency needed, but efforts uneven
    FierceHealthFinance
    Price transparency initiatives are taking hold slowly in the U.S., and are now active in 35 states and a variety of hospitals, according to an American Hospital Association white paper. The AHA felt the need to more closely examine price transparency initiatives given the trend of cost-shifting onto individual patients, while acknowledging that consumers could benefit from more financial data.

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    Avoiding interoperability pitfalls: Best practices for sustainable HIE
    Government Health IT
    The healthcare industry is currently on two parallel tracks: Maintaining the legacy of fee-for-service while embracing the emergence of value-based programs. This environment has created many obstacles to interoperability and health information exchange (HIE).

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    CMS delays Open Payments System public launch
    FiercePracticeManagement
    The public launch of a database that will disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors is now delayed, after physician groups from around the country asked for more time to disclose relationships, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
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    EHR adoption outpaces HIE, patient engagement
    Modern Medicine's Medical Economics
    Physicians, especially those in office-based practices, are adopting electronic health records more readily than they are exchanging health information with other providers or engaging with their patients electronically. Those findings emerge from a new survey looking at the results of the 2009 legislation designed to encourage adoption of EHRs and health information exchange, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.
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    Physicians question safety of medical auction site
    FierceHealthIT
    When prices for surgery and other medical procedures rise above what a patient can afford, they may find a cheaper deal online — but some physicians are critical of the practice. One medical auction site is receiving some of that criticism. The site, now four years old, links patients with facilities and physicians that offer non-emergency care at lower costs, according to an article at Kaiser Health News.
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