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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. There is still time to register and take advantage of the great educational programs! 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.



Medicaid claims audits to begin in January
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a final rule detailing implementation of the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor program, based on a similar Medicare program in operation nationwide. The Medicare RACs have come under fire from physicians for what doctors have termed aggressive auditing tactics, prompting some critics to label them "bounty hunters." More

Your ICD-10 to-do list
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Two years to go. That's how much time the healthcare field has before it must switch to a vastly more sophisticated coding system that determines the substance of claims submitted for most services performed, as well as the detailed picture of clinical care necessary for, among other things, operating under models of payment based on quality performance. The changeover to a new coding system is approaching faster than you think; if you haven't started preparing yet, there's no time to waste. More

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Upcoming webinar: Recovery Best Practices for Motor Vehicle Accident and Worker's Compensation Liability Claims
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When: Oct. 19 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Bruce Nelson and Claudine Nesheiwat of Claim Assist, A division of the CCS Companies
Program focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will focus on proven tactics to maximize recoveries on Motor Vehicle Accident and Worker's Compensation Liability claims. An emphasis will be put on the front end action to take, as well as the impact of applicable state and/or federal laws.
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Oct. 5. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Oct. 14. You may download the full description and printable registration form here. Online member registration can be found here.




PwC: Health industry under-prepared to protect privacy
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Most health organizations are under-prepared to protect patient privacy and secure personal health information as new uses for digital health data emerge and access to confidential patient information expands, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute. Old privacy and security controls no longer suffice to comply with existing privacy laws and patient consent agreements, say PwC officials — who emphasize that health organizations need to update practices and adopt a more integrated approach to ensure that patient information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. 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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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.


Upcoming webinar: The 5010 Transition, Progress as Promised
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When: Nov. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: David Dyke, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Solutions of Relay Health
Program focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will provide insight into the testing and transition progress of the industry as the deadlines approach. Specific focus will be made on progress across the industry, changes across the transaction sets, testing and lessons learned so far.
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Oct. 26. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 2. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.




Uninsured rate remains stable even as incomes drop
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The percentage of uninsured Americans stabilized in 2010, despite a continued decline in employer-based insurance coverage, a decrease in median income and an increase in the poverty rate. The number of uninsured Americans grew by nearly 1 million between 2009 and 2010 to reach 49.9 million. But the percentage of uninsured people increased by only 0.2 percentage points to reach 16.3 percent — not a statistically significant hike, according to the report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. More

Many physicians feel they're delivering too much care
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A survey of primary-care doctors conducted in 2009 finds that 42 percent of the 627 respondents believed the patients in their own practice were getting too much care. Just 6 percent of doctors believed their patients were getting too little care. (The rest thought the level of care was just right.) And 28 percent of the doctors thought they themselves were practicing more aggressively than they would prefer to. More

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