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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.




ICD-10's 10-year reign of fear
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With two years remaining before the ICD-10 Oct. 1, 2013 compliance date, the mandate stands to incite more consternation than in all previous years combined. "Even the mere mention of ICD-10 runs shivers up peoples' spines," said Bill Bernstein, chairman of the healthcare division at law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, which works with states and providers on health IT and related public policy issues. Whether most hospitals will even meet the mandate on time is "a hard question to answer," said George Arges, senior director of the health data management group at the American Hospital Association. "One of our concerns right now is the fact that there are so many other overlapping IT initiatives that are also on the docket." More

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.


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Efficiencies converge with EHRs, practice management
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As providers adopt electronic health records systems, they gradually become more adept with the technology as they flip the switch on advanced features and become conversant with the capabilities and quirks of the software. Each advance, however small, leads to more efficiencies. More

AHA: Readmission rate could mislead as quality indicator
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Using a hospital's readmission rate to judge its quality and exact financial penalties could be misleading to patients and unfair, according to an American Hospital Association report. The AHA's report said the standards the government plans to use for risk adjustment leave out factors known to be associated with higher rates of readmission, such as race, ethnicity, limited English proficiency and Medicaid coverage. More



The roles of different hospital personnel in the transition to ICD-10
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The granddaddy of coding switches, Y2K on steroids, and a hospital's worst nightmare — these phrases and others have described ICD-10 and the potential problems it could cause for a hospital. Converting to ICD-10 is not something the health information management department or the finance department can do on its own. This project will require participation and effort from numerous levels of the hospital staff in a coordinated manner. More

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.


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Patient experience: Hospitals' holy grail?
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Gone are the days of focusing on the acute episode of care and getting paid for the number of procedures performed on a patient rather than for improving outcomes. By the same token, gone are the days when no one knew how patients perceived the care they received. With increased transparency, pay for performance ramping up, and social media communications increasing in popularity, the patient experience has become the key differentiator among healthcare providers. Even legislation has elevated its importance. More

States embracing Medicaid managed care
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A nationwide survey of Medicaid managed care programs found that access to care under the plans is a perceived problem but that many states use managed care as a vehicle to coordinate care. Managed care includes Medicaid primary care case management programs and comprehensive and single-benefit Medicaid health plans, both nonprofit and for-profit. More



6 best ways to protect against health data breaches
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According to a Department of Health & Human Services tally of data breaches since 2009, about 260 incidents occurred that went on to affect more than 10 million patients. And, it gets worse — the second-largest breach occurred not because of a hacked password, but when computer backup tapes were stolen from the back of a truck. Security within the industry is changing, and health data breaches are a significant issue. According to Rick Kam, president and co-founder of ID Experts, now is a critical time in determining the future of health security. More

How social media can transform your medical practice
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Social media has been a controversial topic in medicine and clinical practice. Pediatrician Natasha Burgert provides some of the positives produced from her foray into social media. More

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