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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • An appetite for change in EMR markets
  • How to overcome obstacles in the way of patient engagement
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • mHealth tackles readmissions
  • Patient de-identification needs to balance privacy, value of analytics
  • Back by popular demand: Professional certification summer webinar series
  • 10 trends in Medicare Advantage enrollment
  • Hospitals equip to serve severely obese patients
  • Heart doctor pay drops to $558,000 as interventions scrutinized




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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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    An appetite for change in EMR markets
    Healthcare IT News
    Ambulatory practices both large and small say they're thinking hard about replacing their EMR, according to a new KLAS report. Hospitals, too, are in for disruption. More than 25 percent of physician practices are considering yanking their existing system, according to KLAS' study, "Ambulatory EMR Perception 2014: New Leaders Emerging as Market Shifts."
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    How to overcome obstacles in the way of patient engagement
    EHR Intelligence
    The patient engagement requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use place responsibility on eligible providers as well as patients for a successful attestation. This has many eligible hospitals and professionals uncomfortable because for the first time a component of meaningful use is largely out of their control and dependent the actions of individuals with no stake in the financial incentives going to facilities and practitioners.
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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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    mHealth tackles readmissions
    HealthLeaders Media
    Health technology advances are beginning to reduce hospital readmissions. The smartphone itself is becoming a way of keeping tabs on recently discharged patients. Smartphone apps are engaging patients. Sensors are providing the kind of mobile monitoring that only recently graduated from the ICU to the general hospital bed, and now is able to be used wherever patients resume their normal lives.
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    Patient de-identification needs to balance privacy, value of analytics
    FierceHealthIT
    Data analytics are making an impact on the healthcare industry, but as concerns remain over patient privacy and security, the industry is turning to de-identification as a way to keep information private.
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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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    An appetite for change in EMR markets
    Healthcare IT New
    KLAS – which based its report on interviews with more than 400 large and small practices nationwide – finds that a further 12 percent of respondents would prefer to replace their system, but are prevented from doing so for financial or organizational reasons.

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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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    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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    10 trends in Medicare Advantage enrollment
    Becker's Hospital Review
    There has been rapid growth in enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans over the past four years, with 15.7 million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, according to recent data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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    Hospitals equip to serve severely obese patients
    Tampa Bay Times
    When St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, unveiled its new emergency room in July, officials touted its modern additions, from bedside ultrasound machines to cellphone charging stations. But the new feature that says even more about American health care? A treatment room for obese patients, complete with a larger bed, floor-mounted commodes and scales and a lift that can hoist a person weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.
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    Heart doctor pay drops to $558,000 as interventions scrutinized
    Forbes
    The nation's cardiologists are still earning more than a half million dollars a year, but their income took a hit last year as trends in medicine and insurance payment curb the number of heart procedures needed and performed.
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