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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
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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.

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Putting the best foot forward: ICD-10, interoperability and you
By Charlotte Bohnett
With everyone who's covered under HIPAA preparing to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 14, 2014, there's a lot of information out there on the both the positive and less-than-positive aspects of the change. One of the main benefits that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, World Health Organization and other healthcare organizations are citing about the new diagnosis codes is improved interoperability — quite the innovative concept. Outside of these massive government groups, though, folks have their reservations.
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Upcoming webinars
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'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. 22 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

CPAM summer webinar series, various dates

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Reputation management is key for your practice
By Jessica Taylor
Would you go into a medical practice that had bad reviews of the office environment and staff? Whether you're a small or major practice, you live or die by your reputation.

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ICD-10 will impact workers comp, non-HIPAA entities, too
EHR Intelligence
They might not have to play by all the same rules, but healthcare providers shouldn't forget the impact ICD-10 will have on non-HIPAA covered entities such as workers compensation, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

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ACOs, bundles and PCMHs: A trio of innovative payment models
By Brooke Andrus
Healthcare innovation isn't just about new techniques and technologies. As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to evolve — and hopefully improve — one of the most important areas of focus is payment models.

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ACA delay on out-of-pocket costs has consequences for hospitals
Healthcare Finance News
Without question, the recently reported one-year grace period granted to some insurers for out-of-pocket expenses will have a serious effect on the financial health of both patients and hospitals. The policy adjustment by federal officials allows insurers to set higher limits, or no limit, on some costs in 2014. As a result, patients expecting to pay no more than the ACA's prescribed cap for out-of-pocket expenses ($6,350 for an individual; $12,700 for a family) may find that they owe both the maximum amount for hospital services and an additional maximum amount for prescription drugs.
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What does patient experience mean to accountable care, ACOs?
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If the patient experience is defined as nothing more than a problem to be solved, then there is already an even bigger problem at hand. The shift toward more sophisticated levels of accountability in patient health outcomes is evidence of a new focus on the experience of the patient.
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MGMA: Don't penalize Stage 1 docs who can't meet Stage 2
Health Data Management
The Medical Group Management Association is calling for physicians successfully completing Stage 1 of the electronic health records meaningful use program to not face financial penalties for failure to meet the requirements of Stage 2. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, MGMA expresses concerns about the current meaningful use environment and the "diminished opportunity" for physicians to meet Stage 2 criteria.
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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues. The diversity of treatment, along with huge, inexplicable variability in costs and how care is paid for make the Affordable Care Act even more challenging to implement. Whether or not you are a fan of "Obamacare," this government-driven initiative has already facilitated five major changes to healthcare.
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Patient access to physician EHRs helps build loyalty
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A new consumer survey indicates that 23 percent of patients are tapping into their physicians' electronic health records to check their test results, order prescription refills and make appointments. Meanwhile, another 52 percent want that access, although they currently don’t have it. If they don't get it, they might look for a doctor who will give them access, according to the survey.
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8 anti-fraud questions to ask now about ICD-10
Government Health IT
Legend has it that there once was a boy who, on his way to school, noticed a small leak in a dike and, knowing he would be late for school, poked his finger in the hole until a passerby later saw him, went to get help, and many others who came to his aid were able to repair the dike and seal the leak. He saved the day with his forethought and self-sacrifice. What does this have to do with healthcare? U.S. health plans are just like that little Dutch boy, with the coming onslaught of conversion to ICD-10 coding next year, and the fraud and misrepresentation likely to ensue from that confusing and daunting task (real or fabricated). We have a little over a year left to seal up that leak.
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AAFP: Docs receiving enhanced Medicaid managed-care pay in just 6 states
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The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that there are only six states at this point where primary-care physicians are receiving enhanced Medicaid managed-care payments under the healthcare reform law to bring them up to Medicare payment levels. The Medicaid payment parity provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was designed to promote access to primary care for new Medicaid beneficiaries under the law's expansion of coverage to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The pay increase is temporary and covers 2013 and 2014. Though reimbursement varies by state and DRG code, Medicare pays roughly 20 percent more than Medicaid.
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