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2011 Annual National Institute
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The 2011 ANI will be Oct. 5-7 at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Online Registration is now open; be sure to take advantage of our early bird registration rates! You can register online or download a printable version of the registration brochure here.

If you haven't seen our 2011 ANI Web Series, you can see them all at AAHAM's Youtube Channel.




Cost, training among biggest ICD-10 hurdles for hospital execs
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Hospital executives are finally starting to grapple with the challenge of converting to the ICD-10 diagnostic code set in 2013, according to an article in Healthcare Informatics. CIOs agree that the biggest barrier is not technical, but is related to training physicians and billing staff to cope with the increased complexity of ICD-10. More

Excel at collections
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With the new high-deductible health plans requiring more out-of-pocket contributions from patients, it's essential for your practice to optimize time-of-service collections. In addition to rising deductibles, copayments and coinsurance rates have shot up. And don't forget the uninsured patients, who are expected to pay their full charges. Regardless of patients' insurance structures — or lack thereof — the following are strategy options to help your practice successfully collect more at the time of service. More

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2011 Patient Account Management Week will be Oct. 17-23
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This year's theme is "The Feeling of Pride," which addresses recognition of the exemplary work that is conducted by healthcare administrative management teams in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare related industries.

We also have a new online store featuring brand new products including pens, lunch coolers, coffee mugs and more. We have a limited supply of products so make sure you order early. To view AAHAM products, please visit our store at www.aaham.org.




How meaningful use is clashing with ICD-10
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Star-crossed health IT projects, ICD-10 and meaningful use are inextricably linked. But is one in the way of the other? That's the assertion of Peter Muir, of the Springfield Center Family Medicine in Springfield, Ohio, one of the first to attest to meaningful use and receive federal reimbursements. Muir spoke with Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan about how meaningful use is making ICD-10 even more complicated. More

6 secrets to CPOE success
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Computerized physician order entry has earned a spot on many healthcare providers' priority lists as a result of Meaningful Use requirements. CPOE promises a more efficient and safer way of caring for patients, but implementation across the industry has been slow, and resistance remains despite the benefits of the technology. More

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Reform calls for more administrative support, not clinicians
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As hospitals prepare for an additional 16 million newly insured patients in 2014, new research in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests they should be concentrating on adding more support staff rather than physicians and nurses to handle the burdens of health reform. More

Lawmakers question key part of health overhaul
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Accountable Care Organizations — a key component of President Obama's new health care overhaul — might be all the rage in the world of healthcare, but members of Congress are focused on whether the new integrated-care networks could end up reducing competition and raising prices. More



$1 billion spent to fight Medicare fraud in 2010
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The Medicare program spent $1 billion fighting fraud and ensuring the accuracy of payments for healthcare services in 2010, according to a new government study. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded its anti-fraud efforts after receiving increased funding from Congress and reallocating money saved from Medicare contractor consolidations since 2006, according to a Government Accountability Office report. Operations include more oversight of Medicare private insurers and drug plans, and benefit integrity activities. More

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