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In this issue...
  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
  • How Healthcare.gov botched $600 million worth of contracts
  • If you want to talk patient safety, perhaps think of patients first
  • The case for creating an ICD-10 command center
  • Readmissions may say more about patients than care
  • How home telemedicine can improve communication with caregivers
  • Regulators need to scrutinize health insurance mergers
  • Does prevention save money for hospitals?
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
    AAHAM
    The 2015 Annual National Institute will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida, from Oct. 14-16.

    Connect with others and expand your network with ANI events designed to maximize your opportunities for meeting a unique community of professionals who "do what you do." Enjoy this once a year, unique opportunity to network with colleagues and industry leaders from across the country, to share ideas and learn useful new solutions to your day-to-day challenges. AAHAM social events are an integral part of your learning and networking experience; a catalyst for building relationships in a fun and informative atmosphere.

    The hotel for the ANI at the Disney Swan and Dolphin is now sold out! There is a waiting list at our host hotel. Here are some alternate hotels you can still book rooms.

    Please do not wait until the last minute to book your room!

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    Disney All Star Sports Resort

    Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
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    How Healthcare.gov botched $600 million worth of contracts
    Bloomberg
    The public employees responsible for overseeing $600 million in contracts to build healthcare.gov were inadequately trained, kept sloppy records, and failed to identify delays and problems that contributed to millions in cost overruns.
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    If you want to talk patient safety, perhaps think of patients first
    MedCity News
    Everyone's talking patient empowerment, patient safety and patient engagement, but often, patients themselves are an afterthought. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee has scheduled a hearing on improving healthcare through patient access to their own medical records.
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    The case for creating an ICD-10 command center
    Healthcare IT News
    When the clock ticks in a new month and the entire healthcare industry is thereby mandated to begin using the new ICD-10 code set, there will most likely be glitches here and there. But given the limited testing of claims acceptance and reimbursement that has taken place to date, it's impossible to predict with certainty whether those will be small and easily ironed out — or significant enough to severely disrupt cash flow and launch more downstream problems.
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    Readmissions may say more about patients than care
    Modern Healthcare
    Hospital readmissions that Medicare penalizes under the Affordable Care Act are largely driven by patient characteristics such as income and education rather than the quality of care they receive, according to a new study. The report, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, identified 22 characteristics that are associated with higher probabilities of readmission but aren't taken into account by the CMS.
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    How home telemedicine can improve communication with caregivers
    FierceHealthIT
    Telehealth offers an ideal way to provide ongoing communication and care coordination for caregivers of patients with traumatic brain injury, a case study from the Department of Veterans Affairs illustrates, according to an article at Telemedicine and e-Health.
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    Regulators need to scrutinize health insurance mergers
    The New York Times
    Two proposed mergers involving four of the nation's biggest health insurers could reduce competition in an important industry. That's why federal and state regulators need to closely study these deals and, if necessary, force the companies to sell some parts of their businesses. Earlier this summer, Anthem agreed to acquire Cigna for $48 billion, and Aetna announced a $37 billion takeover of Humana.
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    Does prevention save money for hospitals?
    H&HN Daily
    Being a futurist is a discipline. It has little to do with what would be cool, or with new shiny objects or simplistic answers. It builds on data, it examines the whole system, its inputs and energy sources and feedback loops, to build plausible future scenarios and explore the strategies that support them.
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    Upcoming Webinars
    10 Best Practices for Payer Contracting; a Roadmap for Successful Negotiations

    Method to the Madness: 10 Payment Collection Strategies that Work

    When: WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    Speaker: Colleen Wood, MBA, Vice President, Atlantic Coast Region at Availity

    This timely, beginner level webinar will provide you with best-practice guidance from patient access experts, lessons learned and leading market research. Payment must be received on or before Sept. 16. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 20. Everyone earns 3 CEU's for attending.

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    Topic: The Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP)
    When: WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.EDT
    Speakers: Brenda Chambers, Revenue Integrity Director for Parallon Business Solutions


    Join us at this exciting FREE webinar to learn all about the AAHAM Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP) certification. Find out about who should take this exam, the format, costs and what it means to your career development. There will also time to answer your questions! Payment must be received on or before Oct. 20. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Oct. 23. Everyone earns 2 CEU's for attending.

    Click here to download the full description and printable order form.

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