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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • Is anyone really 'HIPAA compliant' in healthcare?
  • Federal HIT strategic plan to look beyond meaningful use
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • New study reveals differences in payment and income between physicians
  • Report: Digital health startup funding will hit $6.5 billion by 2017
  • Researchers examine fingerprint scanning to boost vaccination accuracy
  • Medical cybersecurity in the aftermath of Heartbleed
  • Is Obamacare changing the way doctors practice medicine?
  • How HealthKit integrates with EHR technology; why it matters




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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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    Is anyone really 'HIPAA compliant' in healthcare?
    Forbes
    The short answer is yes ‒ many health related organizations adhere faithfully to both the letter and spirit of the healthcare legislation known as HIPAA. The challenging answer is no ‒ many health related organizations who claim to be "HIPAA Compliant" simply aren't.
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    Federal HIT strategic plan to look beyond meaningful use
    Health Data Management
    The government is working on a "refresh" of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan to advance technology beyond electronic health records. That's the word from National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., who spoke at the opening session of the AHIMA 2014 conference in San Diego.
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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
    *Webinars run from 1-3 p.m. EDT (noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific)

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    New study reveals differences in payment and income between physicians
    News-Medical.net
    A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in healthcare: differences in payment and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests, and those who don't. Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently "rigged" to favor surgeons and other procedure-performing doctors.
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    Report: Digital health startup funding will hit $6.5 billion by 2017
    MobiHealthNews via iHealthBeat
    Annual funding for digital health startups is expected to hit $6.5 billion by 2017, up from $3.5 billion this year, according to a recent Accenture report, MobiHealthNews reports. The report's estimates are based on data from 2,000 digital health startups that raised funds from 2008 to 2013. According to the report, total funding during that time period reached $10.2 billion.
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    Researchers examine fingerprint scanning to boost vaccination accuracy
    FierceHealthIT
    Electronically recording and tracking the fingerprints of infants and toddlers holds the potential to improve the volume and accuracy of immunization coverage, according to a Michigan State University study. The researchers, led by Anil Jain, a professor with the department of computer science and engineering at MSU, used an optical fingerprint reader to scan the thumbs and index fingers of patients, which they say can be used to create vaccination profiles.
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    Medical cybersecurity in the aftermath of Heartbleed
    By Jared Hill
    From telemedicine to mobile health to electronic medical records, we see the tech world merging with the medical world more and more. However, for every advantage offered by technology, there are several risks — especially when it comes to patients' rights to privacy. Since the initial disclosure of the Heartbleed security bug in April, hundreds of websites — from commercial sites to governmental ones — have been affected by what experts have called one the most catastrophic security flaws in the history of the Internet.
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    Is anyone really 'HIPAA compliant' in healthcare?
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    The short answer is yes ‒ many health related organizations adhere faithfully to both the letter and spirit of the healthcare legislation known as HIPAA.

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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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    Hospitals of the future could be covered in shark skin
    The Washington Post
    Well, fake shark skin. 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.

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    Is Obamacare changing the way doctors practice medicine?
    Forbes
    One of the goals of health reform was to change the way doctors practice medicine. Under Medicare's fee-for-service payment system, we were told, physicians have an incentive to perform too many of the wrong kinds of services. As a result, the cost is too high and the quality of care is too low. Instead, we should pay for value rather than quantity, said the reformers. So how well is all that working? Not well at all it turns out.
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    How HealthKit integrates with EHR technology; why it matters
    EHR Intelligence
    Plenty of mobile health (mHealth) technologies claim to bridge the gap between providers and patients through an innovative mobile application, but none is as widely touted as Apple's HealthKit that rolled out as part of iOS 8. So far, several major EHR developers have revealed their future plans or ongoing work to their platforms with the app as a means of leverage mHealth tool as an effective means of improving patient outcomes.
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