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The evolution of leadership
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The healthcare field is in the midst of an enormous transformation and the roles of executive leadership must follow suit. The shift toward accountable care will require new skill sets within the executive suite to successfully navigate the organization in the future. Hospital executives will need to create a vision and inspire a new generation of leaders through this transition. More

7 steps for hospitals to run effective HIPAA risk assessments
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Data security risk assessments are a requirement for all organizations covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as well as those working to achieve meaningful use compliance. While many hospitals are clear on their regulatory obligations, few may understand how to effectively implement an assessment and act on results to reduce the overall risk. More

2012 Patient Account Management Week – October 15-20
This year's theme is "Feel The Strength," which addresses recognition of the exemplary work that is conducted by healthcare administrative management teams in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare related industries.

AAHAM webinar: Next Generation Revenue Recovery
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Topic: Next Generation Revenue Recovery
When: Nov. 7, 1:30-3 p.m. EST
Speaker: Andrew Zech, Director of The Advisory Board Company
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will discuss what your front office team should be doing to maximize both patient and payer collections. For most organizations, submitting, retrieving and tracking authorizations involves complex, manual processes and a huge outlay of human resources, yet authorization errors remain a significant cause of initial denials. The average hospital writes off over $5 million, or 1 percent of net patient revenue in pre-certification denials. Best practice organizations write off less than $1 million, and a critical factor in their success is electronic automation, eliminating the need for constant manual back office work.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Oct. 24. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Oct. 31.
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Everyone earns 3 CEU's for attending.
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Let Us Help You Put the Pieces Back Together

Hospitals buy medical practices. Operational and Financial improvements tend to be an elusive goal. These goals can be met with Kohler HealthCare Consulting applying experience and knowledge to gain the desired results. KHC understands medical practices and hospitals and works to create collaborative solutions. MORE

Rigorous must-haves in MU Stage 2
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As healthcare providers pore over the Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, they will notice a number of changes, tighter requirements and higher percentages to hit. Dan Prevost of Arcadia Solutions, a healthcare consulting firm that advises clients on technology developments, says providers need to be aware of key developments in Stage 2 in order to attain their full incentive payment upon implementation of an electronic health record. In the following article, Prevost outlines five challenging developments providers need to keep in focus as we move into Stage 2. More

EHR standards sought to cut tech-induced errors
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A leading health information management organization wants to standardize the way data are collected, stored and used by electronic health record systems so that the promise of EHRs may finally be realized and not unwittingly jeopardize physicians who use them. The American Health Information Management Assn. in November is convening stakeholders — including healthcare professionals, health plans, quality organizations and vendors as well as the Dept. of Health and Human Services — to establish guidelines that vendors and healthcare organizations can use to address data integrity, patient safety, quality and the prevention of billing errors. More

Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors, covering 55 subspecialties, work with medical groups, faculty practice plans, integrated health systems, imaging centers, specialty/surgical hospitals, ASCs, and specialty areas of acute care hospitals across the country. All coders/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of single specialty experience. We invite you to take advantage of our free coding review offer by contacting Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or at

Healthcare prices decreased slightly in September
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Overall U.S. healthcare prices decreased slightly from August to September 2012, falling 0.5 percent, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. According to the BLS' Producer Price Indices, which measure average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, prices across all sectors of the healthcare industry were 1.8 percent higher than a year ago. More

Identify and Resolve Denied Claims

Ensure all denials are found and all recoupment opportunities are discovered. Rycan’s Denial Management Module decreases write-offs and improves reimbursement within a single web-based system. MORE
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Positive feedback: How ES departments can improve their HCAHPS scores
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As hospitals scramble to simultaneously cut costs and raise patient satisfaction levels, incorporating the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey and scores is of growing importance. Starting next month, hospitals will begin learning more about their bonus scores and specific reimbursement amounts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Their reimbursement is being tied directly to quality based upon the facility's HCAHPS scores. More

Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators. This is another supplement to our campaign encouraging them to support the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance! Working through Paul in Washington, we have gained recognition for our work on this! Let's keep it moving! Thank you for your continued support and participation.

Capital funding deals get creative
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Addressing a litany of government mandates while dealing with a sluggish economy and decreasing patient volumes and reimbursements have created a challenge for CFOs looking to raise large amounts of capital. Only a handful of organizations have the wherewithal to generate enough cash from existing operations, reserves, or endowments, leaving most to weigh the options. Small and large hospitals and health systems are turning to mergers to find financial strength. However there are other opportunities, including joint ventures, venture capital, bank loans and blends of these that can provide the critical dollars needed to stay competitive. More

4 areas where better documentation can improve hospital revenue
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Clinical documentation improvement programs at hospitals usually conjure up notions of coding and health information management, but CDI goes much further. A main tenet of a successful CDI program is that it should lead to an increase in the hospital's revenue because most hospitals fail to capture the actual severity of illness of patients due to inadequate physician documentation. CDI programs help hospitals better interpret coded data for comparisons, benchmarking and quality reporting, and the resulting documentation improvement benefits the bottom line in a plethora of ways, says Paul Weygandt, MD, JD, vice president of physician services for J.A. Thomas & Associates, a healthcare compliance and documentation firm. More

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