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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • Meaningful use technical glitch may cost docs millions
  • Too many people die in hospital instead of home. Here's why.
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • Healthcare analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020
  • 4 ethical dilemmas facing physicians
  • Do something about those superbugs, Obama orders
  • CMS forecasts 4 percent Medicare advantage premium hike in 2015
  • After surgery, surprise $117,000 medical bill from doctor he didn't know
  • Hospitals of the future could be covered in shark skin




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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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    Meaningful use technical glitch may cost docs millions
    Healthcare IT News
    A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties. A CMS rule, published Aug. 29, let EHR users show compliance with the meaningful use program using older forms of technology, provided they do so by Oct. 1. The rule was intended to make it easier to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments.
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    Too many people die in hospital instead of home. Here's why.
    Kaiser Health News
    More people dying in the hospital, often in an intensive care unit on a ventilator or feeding tube; more doctor visits leading to tests, treatments and drug prescriptions; and more money being spent by the government, private insurers and patients themselves.
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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. 25, 2014: Billing
    Oct. 9, 2014: Credit & Collections
    Oct. 23, 2014: Revenue Cycle Management
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    Healthcare analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020
    Health Data Management
    Fueled by federal mandates, the emergence of big data, aging populations, and the pervasiveness of chronic diseases, the global healthcare analytics market is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2020, according to IQ4I Research & Consultancy.
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    4 ethical dilemmas facing physicians
    Modern Medicine's Medical Economics
    Today's physicians are subject to numerous competing pressures, rooted in both time and money, perhaps to an extent they've never experienced before. Medical Economics consulted doctors and healthcare experts to explore the push-pull of four ethical, financial, and logistical dilemmas that doctors must navigate in 2014 — and beyond.
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    Do something about those superbugs, Obama orders
    NBC News
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order telling his administration to hurry up and do something about drug-resistant bacteria, which pose a "serious threat to public health and the economy." Infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria kill 23,000 people every year, make 2 million more sick and cost $35 billion in productivity lost to sick days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
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    CMS forecasts 4 percent Medicare advantage premium hike in 2015
    HealthLeaders Media
    Medicare Advantage health plans are slated for a modest premium hike next year, but uncertainty remains over the long-term prospects of the value-based insurance program.
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    Meaningful use technical glitch may cost docs millions
    Healthcare IT News
    The glitch was revealed earlier this month in a meeting with EHR vendors, Politico reported, citing Mark Segal, vice president for government and industry affairs at GE Healthcare IT. Providers who show they complied with the meaningful use program this year will get incentive payments for 2014 but will suffer penalties for 2015, he said.

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    Hospitals may help patients pay insurance premiums
    The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
    A group of South Florida hospitals is trying to raise $5 million to donate to a foundation that would pay one year's worth of health insurance premiums for thousands of low-income consumers who bought insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But insurance companies bristle at the idea, saying it poses a conflict of interest.

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    New FICO credit score formula may hurt medical collections
    By Christina Thielst
    A new version of FICO's credit score formula will be launched this fall that could improve the chances of getting a mortgage. But it also has the potential to impact the collections and cash flow of healthcare providers.

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    After surgery, surprise $117,000 medical bill from doctor he didn't know
    The New York Times
    Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a Queens, New York-based neurosurgeon whom Drier did not recall meeting.
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    Hospitals of the future could be covered in shark skin
    The Washington Post
    A new study in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control touts the effectiveness of Sharklet — a shark-inspired material that prevents the spread of dangerous bacteria. Shark skin itself isn't anti-microbial. But its surface, made up of an array of ridges so tiny that they appear flat to the eye, is designed to keep organisms like barnacles from latching on.
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