AAHAM eNewswatch
Jan. 25, 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

AAHAM webinar: Rural Health Clinic Billing
AAHAM
Topic: Rural Health Clinic Billing
When: Feb. 15, 1:30 - 3 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

Spending growth on physician services sinks to record low
American Medical News
Consumers continued to cut back on healthcare in 2010, which led to record-low growth in spending on physician services and moderate-to-low increases in spending on other healthcare services and products. People remained cautious about their healthcare spending because of losses in private health insurance coverage, lower median household incomes and general financial uncertainty, according to the report.More

Dealing with data breaches
Health Leaders Media
You pick up the phone and someone tells you that a laptop containing thousands of patient files was left behind on the morning train. Or you learn that your own employees have been snooping into sensitive patient records for fun and profit. Or you discover that, for some odd reason, patient records have been posted on a completely unrelated public website for anyone to see, and they've been there for nearly a year. Each of these scenarios has played out for some unfortunate healthcare executive, and they hold lessons in how to avoid such disasters, plus the best way to respond to such a crisis.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 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

More hospitals demand payment on the spot
The Record
Hospitals increasingly ask patients for cash deposits or credit-card imprints before they undergo surgery or high-priced tests. They know it's easier to collect when the patient is in the waiting room, anxious to get a medical problem diagnosed or treated. Under intense financial pressure, hospital financial executives no longer wait months to bill the patient after insurance has paid.More

More Americans uninsured in 2011
Gallup
More American adults lacked health insurance coverage last year than in any year since Gallup and Healthways started tracking it in 2008. The uninsured rate has been increasing since 2008, climbing to 17.1 percent in 2011.More

How to conquer clutter in your physician office
American Medical News
Medical practices are unlikely to be so cluttered as to end up on a reality TV show about hoarding, but clutter can still make an office look bad and lead patients to question the quality of care they receive. Tackling clutter, however, does not just mean a weekly cleanup. Every practice needs to develop its own systems and solutions that may include policies about waiting room reading material, work space personalization, patient charts, office signage and out-of-date equipment. Experts suggest that medical practices take several steps to prevent or address clutter.More

CMS issues Medicaid DSH proposed rule
AHA News Now
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule defining the term "uninsured" for purposes of calculating Medicaid's hospital-specific Disproportionate Share Hospital payment limit. The rule would allow hospitals to count as uncompensated care the cost of services to individuals whose health coverage excludes the medically necessary service provided, and the cost of services for individuals that have exhausted their insurance benefits or have reached lifetime insurance limits for those benefits or services. The proposed rule was published in the Jan. 18 Federal Register, with comments accepted through Feb. 17.More