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AAHAM announces name changes to their renowned certifications
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The renaming of our renowned certifications was announced at the Annual National Institute in New Orleans, La. The new AAHAM designations now accurately reflect the scope of knowledge and skills required to secure these prestigious certifications. The names are designed to more accurately reflect current job and industry titles and reinforce the association's growth and continued focus on healthcare revenue cycle professionals.

Also unveiled was news regarding a new mid-level certification, the CRCP, Certified Revenue Cycle Professional. This new exam is designed for mid-level managers and tests the participant's knowledge of the revenue cycle. With the addition of this new certification, AAHAM now offers a complete career ladder, beginning with the CRCS, Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist and culminating with the CRCE, Certified Revenue Cycle Executive .
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4 best practices for RCM system replacement
Becker's Hospital Review
In 2012, about two-thirds of hospitals said they planned to replace or upgrade their revenue cycle management systems within 24 months. However, some still haven't started the process due to various other clinical and technology projects demanding their attention, according to a survey from healthcare market research firm Black Book Rankings. The survey found 28 percent of CFOs hadn't fully upgraded to new systems because of other priorities. Still, 88 percent of CFO respondents believed their management system need to be replaced.
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Webinar:'CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional'
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Topic: CRCP, The Certified Revenue Cycle Professional

When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, Dec. 11 or Jan. 8 noon - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Speakers: AAHAM President Elect, Victoria DiTomaso, CRCE-I and AAHAM Second Vice President, John Currier, CRCE-I

Join us to learn all about the newest AAHAM certification, the Certified Revenue Cycle Professional. Find out about who should take this exam, the format, costs and what it means to your career development. There will also time to answer your questions!

We are offering this FREE webinar on three different dates to make it accessible to all of you! Choose Nov. 13, Dec. 11 or Jan. 8.

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Intelligence report: Toward population health
HealthLeaders Media
At its most basic, population health involves improving the health status of a given population by ensuring that members of the population are receiving the healthcare they should be receiving. How? First, one has to define the population. Then one must know what care the population is receiving. Next, identify gaps by comparing the care the population is receiving with the care the population should be getting. Finally, the care delivery system must be able to address care gaps.
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Why real-time data matters to successful practice management
EHR Intelligence
For data to be useful in healthcare, it must be actionable. However, the actionability of healthcare-related information depends on the task that ultimately needs to be completed. In the case of practice management, what constitutes actionable data comes down to how up-to-date and pertinent the information in question is. For an organization required to react proactively and meet the hospitals' goals, a lack of real-time data and the ability to analyze it effectively became a real pain point for HPP and threatened its chances of staying competitive.
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Compliance needs a shrewd strategic plan
Healthcare Finance News
Complying with a long list of healthcare-related laws and regulations remains a major challenge for provider organizations around the country. But a growing number of hospitals and practices are now viewing these pain points from a different perspective. Instead of looking at them as routine operational responsibilities, they are incorporating compliance into a carefully crafted strategic plan, one that not only reduces the risk of large penalties but may even provide revenue opportunities.
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Efforts to reduce waste in healthcare leads to job loss for many
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Job reports indicate hospitals and health systems are laying people off in quantities not seen since 2009. But the news should not be viewed as a cut in services.

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ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What's the difference?
By Brooke Andrus
If you're a proponent of the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business.

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5 best practices for a successful transition to value-based payments
Becker's Hospital Review
As hospitals and health systems move from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payments, various obstacles and challenges can stand in the way of a successful transition.

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Shift to coordinated care: Qualifying for ACOs a tough challenge for rurals
Modern Healthcare
The quality-improvement agenda of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is intended to help improve the health of communities across the nation. While rural healthcare providers say they're doing their part to meet the "Triple Aim" of better care for individuals, better health for populations and reduced healthcare spending, they're facing a bumpy road in the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment.
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5 opportunities for improving hospital revenue cycle management
Healthcare Finance News
With hospital margins growing tighter and bad debt increasing, improving revenue cycle becomes more important than ever. Optimizing information systems and educating staff on the ins and outs of managing revenue cycle are, of course, important. But there are many more opportunities for improvement. The following are just a few opportunities that can make a significant difference in successful revenue cycle management.
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To encrypt or not to encrypt: Is that the question?
Government Health IT
The questions around encryption — how much do I need? When should I encrypt? — have become points of concern, if not pain. But the answers to these and similar questions on encryption are not a simple black and white, yes or no. In fact, encryption is not necessary under every circumstance, nor is it always, by itself, sufficient. A more comprehensive look at the Final Rule and the unique circumstances of individual healthcare organizations must be carefully considered to determine HIPAA/HITECH compliance.
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Management code from CMS found wanting
Medpage Today
Although Medicare's proposed complex care management billing code might seem like a help to patient-centered medical homes, not all PCMH supporters like the idea. Medicare should move closer toward a per-member bonus for PCMHs and not perpetuate a fee-for-service model that has done little to stop skyrocketing healthcare costs, said Chris Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City.
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Are we making progress with ICD-10 preparedness?
EHR Intelligence
Is there a glimmer of hope on the ICD-10 horizon? October's preparedness survey conducted by Health Revenue Assurance Associates seems to indicate that providers are making some progress towards the Oct. 1, 2014 transition date. The results showed modest increases in the number of organizations beginning staff training, dual coding and clinical documentation improvement.
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