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2011 Annual National Institute
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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!

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

Lag in HIPAA 5010 preparation doesn't bode well for ICD-10
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Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, providers must use the new HIPAA 5010 transaction standards to conduct certain administrative transactions such as claims, remittance, eligibility and others, but with so many providers unprepared for the 5010 transition, ominous clouds could be coming over the ICD-10 transition as well, according to several healthcare consultants. More

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Medicare unveils bundled payment models to start in 2012
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Physicians and hospitals will be collaborating to bid on providing high-quality, low-cost inpatient and post-discharge care to Medicare patients under a new payment option starting in 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said. Hundreds of interested hospitals and groups of physicians are expected to coordinate patient care under the new bundled payment initiative. Bundling payments is one of several models that physicians in organized medicine have encouraged the Medicare agency to use in place of traditional fee for service. More

Office visits, revenues drop in ailing economy
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Primary care physicians may see a drop in patient visits, if they haven't already, because of the ailing economy, according to a new report that found revenues for treating Medicare patients were at their lowest annual growth rate since at least 2005. More

2011 Patient Account Management Week will be Oct. 17-23
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Strategic options: It's not ACO or nothing
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The national dialogue surrounding accountable care organizations seems to include a barrage of discussion pieces around the pros, cons, and requirements of becoming an ACO. While an important consideration for many, it is critical to take into account a much broader spectrum of strategic options that lay before healthcare organizations even in this era of reform. More

Billers: Medicare PQRS participation not worth the effort
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Proposed changes to Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System do little to encourage physician practices that outsource their billing to start participating in the incentive-for-quality-reporting program, according to the Healthcare Billing and Management Association. More

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Healthcare administration simplification
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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

Changes to Medigap plans meet resistance
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A provision of the 2010 federal health law seeking to increase Medicare beneficiaries' share of healthcare costs is meeting resistance from an unlikely group of 33 state insurance regulators, health insurers and consumer advocates charged with revising Medigap insurance policies that cover most out-of-pocket expenses. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners assembled the group to come up with ways to raise the beneficiaries' cost for the most popular and generous Medigap policies, a task Congress assigned to the association in the health law. Since then, the idea of shifting some costs to beneficiaries in Medigap policies has emerged as one of several proposals to reduce the federal deficit. More

Healthcare creates 1 in 5 new jobs
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The healthcare sector has again provided about the only bright spot in an otherwise drab report on job growth in August from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare employment rose by 29,700 jobs in August, and the sector has created 205,100 new jobs in the first eight months of 2011, accounting for 22 percent of the 930,000 non-farm payroll additions in the overall economy in 2011. More

Hurricane Irene creates paperwork tangle for hospitals
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Hospitals transferred patients back and forth as the major storm bore down on New York City, and now administrators face the challenge of figuring out who pays for what. Sorting out the billing for the evacuations and patient transfers could take days. Patient care, staffing, transportation, ambulances, food—all of it must be reimbursed. More

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