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Stage 2 meaningful use success rests on 3 elements
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Unlike the first stage of the meaningful use incentive program, for which practices mostly had to demonstrate they were capable of performing certain tasks with their electronic health record systems, stage 2 will require practices to actually perform those tasks. Experts said doctors should start preparing now, because they are going to need cooperation from practice employees, patients, hospitals and health facilities, and other practices — anyone with whom they will share data — to meet stage 2. More

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. 26. 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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Are social factors tied to hospital readmissions?
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There may be several non-medical factors outside of hospitals' control that are linked to how heart and pneumonia patients fare once they're discharged, according to a fresh look at past research. Beginning Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started using readmission rates and patient outcomes as a way to determine how much money hospitals should get paid. More

Lessons health insurance exchanges can learn from HIEs
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As states either begin on continue working on HIXs, they are bound to face a number of the same challenges that their HIE predecessors have encountered, namely when it comes to data management and integration. More

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5 reasons why there's no need to fear ICD-10
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ICD-10 educator Rhonda Buckholtz says the industry needs to calm down about ICD-10 so everyone can fully understand what really has to happen and begin to prepare in earnest. "We've all heard horror stories about the ICD-10 implementation, and at a time when we have so many other competing initiatives it's hard to be able to think straight about something that's two years away," said Buckholtz, a certified professional coder and vice president of ICD-10 education and training at AAPC. "But what you read in the multitude of stories designed to shock and awe the industry are not always what they appear to be upon first glance." More

How physicians can become better leaders
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Leadership is the art of engaging the hearts and minds of others to help them shape the future, says Robert Taylor, MD, FAAFP, professor emeritus of the Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Medicine. And their future is shaped by those who believe in the vision of the leader. Although most physicians were never trained on how to become effective leaders, it is an art and skill that can be learned, says Taylor. More

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Market changes that will affect healthcare reimbursement
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Reimbursement models are used by payers, hospitals, physicians, and ancillary care providers to furnish data to healthcare payment contract negotiations. The many changes taking place across the healthcare landscape are forcing payers and providers dependent upon these models to deal with new challenges. 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.

How IT can prepare for mobile forensic investigations
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If your IT security team must comply with regulations like PCI-DSS or HIPAA, you need to know who accesses your data and what they do with it, even if they're using a mobile device to do it. But performing forensic investigations on mobile devices is trickier than it is on PCs. More

Physicians: Another chance to avoid a 1.5 percent reduction of all Medicare payments in 2013
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page (where you go to apply for one of the four hardship exemptions from the 2013 1.5 percent Medicare payment reduction) will re-open Nov. 1, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013, for Medicare 2013 Electronic Prescribing Payment Adjustment Hardship Exemption Requests. CMS will review these requests on a case-by-case basis. All decisions on significant hardship exemption requests will be final. More

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