Top 4 jobs ICD-10 will place in high demand
Government Health IT Share
When a staffing firm produces survey results showing that personnel resources are the biggest challenge faced by health entities under ICD-10, well, that might be something of a calculated coincidence. But that doesn't change the fact that ICD-10 will demand new skills and, in many cases, that will mean new employees. More
2011 Annual National Institute
This year the ANI will be held in Las Vegas from Oct. 5-7 at the Wynn.
Join us on the red carpet at the banquet this year! Suggested attire for ladies: Cocktail, dressy or business; suggested attire for gentlemen: Business suits, tuxedos are optional.
Remember to register and make your hotel reservations ASAP! See you there!
It's never too early to make your hotel reservations! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 7.
You can download the full registration brochure from the AAHAM website or register online at www.aaham.org.
TransUnion study reveals untapped opportunity in hospital point-of-service collections
According to a recent TransUnion Healthcare "pulse poll" distributed to more than 300 attendees of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual National Institute conference, lack of preparedness and awareness on both sides of the payment equation are causing major challenges for point-of-service collections efforts. Seven out of 10 respondents said their hospital or health system collected less than 30 percent of their payments at the point of service. Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents said less than 15 percent of payments were collected prior to service. More
Culturally competent practices can drive up good will — and patient traffic
American Medical News Share
With the U.S. population becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, having a culturally competent medical practice not only is good medicine, it could be a good marketing strategy to boost patient volume and revenues. 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. Full descriptions and registration info can be found at www.aaham.org. More
Customer service at insurance companies found lacking
American Medical News Share
Customer service has not notably improved among the nation's health insurers, despite significant investments many have made in technology to help their service. Management consulting firm Accenture published a report that found expectations of good customer service have risen sharply in the past five years, but insurers are failing to meet those expectations. The report's authors say insurers are investing in technology instead of understanding the needs of their customers. More
Rapid growth in CT scanning in ERs associated with decline in hospital admissions
Computed tomography scans performed in the emergency department, which increased 330 percent between 1996 and 2007, may be reducing the frequency of hospitalization or transfer for emergency patients, according to a study published recently in Annals of Emergency Medicine. More
As hospitals push ERs, states' Medicaid budgets pressured
Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post Share
With their budgets squeezed, states are trying to reduce unnecessary ER visits by patients in Medicaid. But officials complain that their efforts are sometimes hampered by hospitals' aggressive marketing of ERs to increase admissions and profits. More
Healthcare administration simplification
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
Speeding patient throughput with RTLS
HealthLeaders Media Share
There are a few goals that nearly all hospitals and busy emergency departments share: To improve patient flow, shorten the length of stay, cut down on the time it takes to get a patient admitted, and reduce the number of patients who leave the ED without being treated. Making life easier for clinicians and staff and cutting waste would be nice, too. More
Medicare says competitive pricing will save $28 billion
The Hill Share
Medicare is dramatically expanding a program that it says will save billions of dollars and serve as a model for other cost-cutting efforts. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced the second round of a program that uses competitive bidding to set prices for certain medical products. Medicare now uses competitive bidding in nine cities and will expand to 91 areas, according to the announcement. In its first six months, the nine-city competitive bidding program has saved roughly $130 million, CMS officials said. More
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