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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • How big data is transforming today's healthcare sector
  • CMS offers to settle disputed short-term hospital claims
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • NIH issues genomic data-sharing rules
  • CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount
  • Back by popular demand: Professional certification summer webinar series
  • 10 HIPAA and EMR 'danger areas' for spine surgeons to know
  • Will more pioneer ACOs defect?
  • Protect your network: HIPAA isn't enough
  • Obama's red ink on 'Healthy PA' will leave taxpayers in the red, feeling blue
  • 6 myths about ICD-10 debunked




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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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    How big data is transforming today's healthcare sector
    NJ Spotlight
    Advances in information technology have changed Americans' lives in increasingly intimate ways in the past two decades, transforming the manner in which individuals communicate, travel, entertain themselves, encounter advertising, and produce and consume many kinds of information. Correlating patient data from a broad variety of sources can help reveal patterns of illness, identify individuals most likely to use emergency services, cut healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.
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    CMS offers to settle disputed short-term hospital claims
    FierceHealthFinance
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays. The CMS offered to pay hospitals to settle the cases that are in dispute or under appeal, which may total as many as 800,000. The total sum represents 68 percent of what the hospitals say they are owed, according to a notice posted on the CMS website and could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, the New York Times reported.
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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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    NIH issues genomic data-sharing rules
    Healthcare IT News
    The National Institutes of Health has issued a final policy it hopes will promote genomic data sharing as a way to improve health while still protecting the privacy of research participants. The NIH Genomic Data Sharing policy traces back to the Human Genome Project, which necessitated rapid and broad data release during its mapping and sequencing of the human genome, officials say.
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    CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount
    FierceHealthIT
    More data is expected to be withheld when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, launches to the public, ProPublica reports. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the report says another batch of payments will be withheld: research grants made by pharmaceutical companies to doctors through intermediaries, such as contract research organizations. Law requires doctors be given the opportunity to review and dispute the reported payments.
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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)

    Download full description and printable registration form

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    Protect your network: HIPAA isn't enough
    Healthcare IT News
    At first glance, a look at the numbers from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics' database would seem to offer some encouraging news about U.S. healthcare providers' privacy and security preparedness. A survey of healthcare organizations nationwide finds that basic security technologies are pretty well-ensconced at most hospitals.

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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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    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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    10 HIPAA and EMR 'danger areas' for spine surgeons to know
    Becker's Spine Review
    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations can be disasterous for physician-owned spine practices, and the risks are high. HIPAA violations can be as simple as a shared password or absent-mindedly entering the wrong patient information. Here are 10 danger areas for spine surgeon business owners in technology and HIPAA violations.
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    Will more pioneer ACOs defect?
    HealthLeaders Media
    A lack of financial viability, cited by some organizations as a reason for abandoning the program, does not surprise one longtime critic of the federal accountable-care organization program. Sharp HealthCare's withdrawal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Pioneer ACO program, brings the number of defecting organizations to 10 out of the original 32 and raises questions about how many of the other 22 will remain in the program.
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    Protect your network: HIPAA isn't enough
    Healthcare IT News
    At first glance, a look at the numbers from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics' database would seem to offer some encouraging news about U.S. healthcare providers' privacy and security preparedness. A survey of healthcare organizations nationwide finds that basic security technologies are pretty well-ensconced at most hospitals.
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    Obama's red ink on 'Healthy PA' will leave taxpayers in the red, feeling blue
    Forbes
    Recently, the Obama administration unveiled the terms and conditions for Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion, referred to as "Healthy PA." The details of the federal government's terms confirm Washington, D.C., has become increasingly rigid in what it will permit within a "state alternative" waiver request, killing any notion of state flexibility or a true partnership with states.
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    6 myths about ICD-10 debunked
    FierceHealthIT
    The deadline for ICD-10 is a while out, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working to make sure that myths about the process are squashed. In a fact sheet published recently, CMS takes a look at some of the biggest myths surrounding ICD-10 and supplements them with the facts. Take a look at the six listed here.
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