AAHAM eNewswatch
Jan. 11, 2012

2012 Legislative Day
AAHAM
Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. The registration deadline is March 9. More

Healthcare reform you can expect in 2012
Fox Business
There's a busy year ahead for healthcare reform as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, continues to reshape America's healthcare system. Here's what lies ahead for healthcare reform in 2012.More

Doctors going broke
CNN Money
Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke. This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties. Doctors list shrinking insurance reimbursements, changing regulations, rising business and drug costs among the factors preventing them from keeping their practices afloat. But some experts counter that doctors' lack of business acumen is also to blame.More

AAHAM webinar: Effective Telephone Techniques
AAHAM
Topic: Effective Telephone Techniques
When: Jan. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Amy Repman, CHAA, Director of Access at WellSpan Health
Program Focus: This beginner level session will provide useful tips and techniques for communicating over the phone.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 11. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 18.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.More

AAHAM webinar: Rural Health Clinic Billing
AAHAM
Topic: Rural Health Clinic Billing
When: Feb. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Charles James, Jr., president & CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will educate participants on the basics of Rural Health Clinic claims.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 1. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 8.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.More

AAHAM webinar: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
AAHAM
Topic: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
When: March 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Bruce Nelson and Claudine Nesheiwat from Claim Assist
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will focus on proven tactics to collect on Motor Vehicle and Workers Compensation. An emphasis will be front end actions to take as well as the impact of applicable state and/or federal laws.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 22. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 29.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.More

5010 — ready or not, here it comes
Health Data Management
It's 2012 and HIPAA 5010 is officially here, yet many providers are still encountering difficulties as they transition their claims to be 5010 compliant. As more and more payers convert to 5010 in the coming weeks, and as the deadline for full 5010 compliance approaches, providers should make getting their claims 5010-ready a top priority. To help providers continue with 5010 conversions, here is a list of six changes that may increase claims rejections if not addressed.More

7 health data privacy and security trends to track in 2012
Government Health IT
We're jumping into a challenging 12 months — lawsuits are up, budgets are down, and advances in technology have made protecting medical data a lot harder. Preparation is the best defense — and offense, for that matter. Healthcare professionals can make a big impact to minimize their risk of a data breach. Here is a list of top trends in 2012 that reveals the difficulties ahead.More

Private insurers forming their own health insurance exchanges
American Medical News
Commercial health plans are betting that private health insurance exchanges can out-compete public ones for most employer-sponsored coverage. Like other small businesses, physicians offices could be wooed by health plans and other groups running private exchanges. It also may mean that state-based exchanges won't be the only choice for uninsured patients looking for coverage in 2014 and beyond.More

Obama administration lawyers defend healthcare law at Supreme Court
Bloomberg
The Obama administration defended the 2010 healthcare law and its requirement that people obtain insurance, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the measure addressed a "crisis in the national healthcare market." In the first of several rounds of briefs that will be filed before the justices hear arguments in late March, the government argued that Congress could enact the so-called individual mandate under its constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce.More

5 simple ways to cut medical practice costs
American Medical News
Physicians are finding that a few simple steps can open the door to big savings in operating a medical practice. Consultants and experts recommend looking for savings in five key areas: Office supplies, office equipment, medical supplies, finance and consulting, and energy costs.More

Recession-hit US health spending barely rose in 2010
Reuters
U.S. healthcare spending barely rose in 2010 from record-low recession levels, as high unemployment and the loss of private health insurance forced many Americans to delay or forego medical treatment, government officials said. "It's absolutely clear what's going on," said William Galston of the Brookings Institution. "People's budgets have been hard-hit, and even if they have 20 percent co-pays from their insurance companies, that 20 percent may still be too much."More