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As 2013 comes to a close, AAHAM would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of AAHAM eNewswatch with a look at the most accessed articles from this year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Also, In observance of the upcoming holidays, the AAHAM National Office will be closed between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.




The new site that could change hospital billing forever
The Fiscal Times
From June 5: When the Obama administration recently went public with the first comprehensive data on disparities in hospital billing, it was expected to be a game changer. First, the differences are massive. A pacemaker implant that might cost a patient $36,012 in one hospital might cost $143,124 down the road at a different hospital. There's no clear explanation as to why, and — until now — no simple way to go about finding out if you could get a better deal by shopping around for medical procedures first. That's what makes the new database such a huge deal.
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AAHAM announces name changes to their renowned certifications
AAHAM
From Oct. 23: 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.
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5 headaches to avoid in billing
Healthcare Finance News
From April 17: One of the biggest challenges hospitals face is getting paid. There's a long list of headaches contributing to a very challenging landscape in the medical billing world. Michele Hilton, general manager of medical billing services, ADP AdvancedMD, can say she's experienced all the headaches associated with medical billing. In the following article, she offers a little painkiller cocktail to preemptively strike against the headaches of medical billing.
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The future of medical records
The Atlantic
From Jan. 23: Electronic medical records are not working like they should — or could — according to a new analysis in Health Affairs that revisited previous predictions for the EMR revolution and found disappointing results, in terms of efficiency, saved costs and patient care. But technology is "only a tool," as an expert who helped push for the adoption of EMRs said. "Like any tool, it can be used well or poorly." Here are some ways it could be done very, very well.
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4 key lessons from Blessing Hospital's revenue cycle overhaul
Becker's Hospital Review
From Dec. 4: Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., used to struggle with its revenue cycle. The day to day was done on paper rather than electronically, and the hospital lacked the tools it needed to make the revenue cycle seamless, according to Blessing Hospital Large Project Lead Michelle Wolfmeyer. In 2010, however, the hospital took action to change that. The following are a few tips to help revamp your revenue cycle.
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Does diversity matter in medical training?
By Jonathan Ryan Batson
In order to truly make an impact on bridging the gaps of inequalities, the way the medical education system approaches diversity needs to be more holistic.

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4 key lessons from Blessing Hospital's revenue cycle overhaul
Becker's Hospital Review
Blessing Hospital used to struggle with its revenue cycle. The day to day was done on paper rather than electronically, and the hospital lacked the tools it needed to make the revenue cycle seamless.

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Can CMS delay enforcement of ICD-10 compliance?
ICD 10 Watch
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services won't budge on the ICD-10 implementation deadline. They insist the federal government will be ready and healthcare organizations need to be ready.

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CMS: No more delays with move to ICD-10
American Medical News
From March 6: The mandated transition by billers throughout the health system to the more complex ICD-10 diagnosis codes will go forward without any further delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in a Feb. 6 letter to the American Medical Association. Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner made the case for moving forward with ICD-10 to modernize the health care system. Halting its implementation, which has been ongoing since 2009, would mean relying on outdated ICD-9 codes that soon will be incompatible with general health care needs and new technologies, she stated.
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Q&A: ICD-10 brings challenges, opportunities to medical coders
EHR Intelligence
From July 10: There are three major components to the ICD-10 transition: physicians and their documentation, payers and their claims processing, and the medical coders that bridge the two. While each group faces its own particular challenges ahead of Oct. 1, 2014, coders face onerous task of completely reinventing themselves professionally while simultaneously shouldering the burden of keeping their employers' revenue flowing.
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EHR design flaws causing doctors to revert to paper
American Medical News
From April 10: Improved efficiency was one promise that proponents of electronic health record systems often touted to physicians to persuade them to adopt the systems. But many doctors have found the only way they can accomplish certain tasks in a reasonable amount of time is to do them on paper.
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Obama budget signals quicker trigger on Medicare pay cuts
American Medical News
From April 24: Medical organizations hailed the Obama administration's efforts to boost mental and public health in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal, but provisions in the blueprint to achieve additional savings in Medicare sounded alarms about the possible impact on payment rates.
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ICD-10 pushes revenue cycle management to top of priority list
EHR Intelligence
From Sept. 25: CMS might be trying to evoke pleasant memories with its ICD-10 "Back to School" campaign, but providers facing a tough transition to the new code set are going to need more than apples for the teacher if they are to survive the coming year. Business 101 is top of the agenda as providers race to secure revenue cycle management tools to keep disaster from striking their bank accounts, even as conflicts and confusion reign over what to upgrade and how to pay for it.
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ICD-10 preparation: Where should your practice be right now?
EHR Intelligence
From March 27: Providers, start your engines: The ICD-10 deadline is a mere eighteen months away. And there's a lot of work to be done before you reach that checkered flag. 2013 will be a busy year, full of training, testing and nail-biting anticipation. Where should you be in the long and complicated process as March comes to a close? CMS has created a series of helpful timelines to keep you moving in the right direction.
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