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Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
AAHAM
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"

The room reservation deadline is Sept. 25, 2013! Click here to reserve your room.

Online registration is now open! You can download the registration brochure or register online by clicking here.

Don't miss the unveiling of a Momentous Announcement about the AAHAM Certification Program at the ANI!

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4 tips for preventing billing mistakes
PhysBizTech
While billing mistakes are a common occurrence, if you're above a 4 percent denial rate, it might be time to reconsider your billing strategy. Manual errors, input oversights and/or coding issues are normally at the root of costly claim denials. Practice management software keeps an eye on these issues for you and can tighten up your billing approach so you can lower the number of denials.
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Study: Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions
Reuters
Helping people who were recently released from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study.
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Upcoming webinars
AAHAM
'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. 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

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Hospital operations management
Hospitals & Health Networks
Reducing operational inefficiencies represents one of largest sources of potential savings in hospitals today. Patients wait to be admitted. Doctors wait for test results. Patients wait for treatment. Rooms wait to be cleaned. Every hour spent waiting represents an expense to the hospital that in aggregate costs the healthcare system billions of dollars each year.
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22 recent issues between hospitals and payers
Becker's Hospital Review
The following are the latest issues that occurred between hospitals, health systems and payers within the past month, starting with the most recent.

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'Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT Implications for Eligibility/Exchange Enrollment'
AAHAM
The sweeping changes under ACA will affect few areas of the hospital's revenue cycle as thoroughly as in the Patient Access Department.

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ICD-10 arrives early in new claims form
Government Health IT
The U.S. Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently announced that Medicare will begin accepting a revised CMS-1500 form (version 02/12) on Jan. 6, 2014. Embedded in this is a requirement for some healthcare IT vendors to start supporting a component of the International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10) earlier than the anticipated Oct. 1, 2014 date.
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States could save millions adopting Medicare DME payment rates
Healthcare Finance News
States could potentially save millions if they adopted the Medicare competitive bidding payment amounts to purchase medical equipment instead of the higher Medicaid fee schedule amounts, according to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
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Medical practices move health IT to cloud
InformationWeek
Economic factors and government regulations are starting to push independent physician practices to the cloud, according to a new survey by Black Book. Many practice leaders view integrated practice management/electronic health record systems, coupled with outsourcing of revenue cycle management, as their best hope for remaining autonomous, according to the research firm.
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HIPAA: Key changes and must-take steps for every provider
Becker's Hospital Review
While the HIPAA omnibus final rule officially went into effect March 16, a date more meaningful and pressing to providers is looming — the compliance deadline of Sept. 23. During a webinar on Sept. 4, Holly Carnell and Meggan Bushee, both associates with the law firm McGuireWoods, outlined key changes to HIPAA under the final rule, and steps hospitals should take to prepare for Sept. 23.
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Small, rural hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties
Reuters
Small and rural U.S. hospitals are most at risk of not satisfying certain federal requirements for using electronic health record systems, according to a new study. Targeted grants might help the lagging hospitals get up to speed and avoid fines, researchers suggest.
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Medicare proposes flat facility fee for all ED visits
Modern Healthcare via The Advisory Board Company
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may do away with its sliding scale for ED overhead and staffing costs and instead pay hospitals a flat "facility" fee for all Medicare visits, regardless of treatment intensity, Fred Schulte writes in Modern Healthcare. Currently, CMS has five escalating price codes for facility fees, which are intended to cover ED overhead and staffing costs. Those codes range from $51.82 for a Level 1 visit to $344.71 for a Level 5 visit. Hospitals argue they need the fees to defray the costs of expensive medical technologies.
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