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  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • Data for 4.5 million patients stolen from hospital group
  • HIMSS: EHR users provide better predictions, lower mortality
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture
  • The tall task of patient engagement
  • Back by popular demand: Professional certification summer webinar series
  • Pervasive Medicare fraud proves hard to stop
  • ICD-10 queries: Where real time is likely to be lost
  • Covering all preventive tests leads to higher utilization, costs




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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!

    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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    Data for 4.5 million patients stolen from hospital group
    Bloomberg
    Chinese hackers stole social security numbers, names and addresses from 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems Inc., the second-biggest for-profit U.S. hospital chain, according to the company.
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    HIMSS: EHR users provide better predictions, lower mortality
    EHR Intelligence
    Hospitals that have higher levels of EHR adoption and health IT use are more likely to produce better quality care with lower mortality rates, says a new report from HIMSS Analytics. Organizations that scored higher on the HIMSS EMRAM adoption scale were better able to predict complications and patient mortality while preventing deaths from certain conditions.
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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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    Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture
    FierceHealthcare
    One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks. The Aims for Excellence at Northwest Community Healthcare is designed to help staff, improve scheduling of tests and treatments, decrease time between interventions, reduce infections rates, minimize patients' lengths of stay and better anticipate needs of services, writes author Pat Stack, R.N., the vice president of performance improvement at the hospital.
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    The tall task of patient engagement
    FierceHealthIT
    Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to be a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume.
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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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    HIMSS: EHR users provide better predictions, lower mortality
    EHR Intelligence
    Larger academic medical centers in urban areas are more likely to boast higher EMRAM scores, the report says, but HIMSS is quick to point out that the results don’t point to a causal relationship.

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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?

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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.

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    Pervasive Medicare fraud proves hard to stop
    The New York Times
    The ordinary looking office building in a suburb of Baltimore gives no hint of the high-tech detective work going on inside. A $100 million system churns through complicated medical claims, searching for suspicious patterns and posting the findings on a giant screen.
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    ICD-10 queries: Where real time is likely to be lost
    Government Health IT
    Are you worried that ICD-10's granularity will take a hefty toll on productivity? Then you're not alone. One of the major issues with ICD-10 implementation is the concern that the increased specificity will create more work for medical practices and damage productivity.
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    Covering all preventive tests leads to higher utilization, costs
    FierceHealthPayer
    As insurers are covering more preventive tests and screening, as required by the Affordable Care Act, two financial experts question whether such coverage actually incurs additional costs for the companies. The ACA directs insurers to pay for more preventive care because early diagnosis of diseases and conditions can save money in the long term.
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