AAHAM eNewswatch
Jan. 30, 2013

Register now for the 2013 Legislative Day
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Represent your facility, your state and your industry at the one political event that directly impacts you, your facility and your bottom-line; 2013 AAHAM Legislative Day, April 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

Our strong grassroots program creates new opportunities for our industry but we need your continued support! We need you to make the trip to Washington to make a difference in our industry, attendance is limited, so register to attend today. It is all about strength in numbers. The more AAHAM members participate in this effort, the stronger the voice AAHAM will have. Remember, if you don't speak up someone else will.

Click here to view brochure, hotel information and to register online.

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 deadline to register and reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate is March 4.More

Proposed meaningful use stage 3 criticized as hasty and too strict
American Medical News
Criteria floated for the final stage of the federal electronic health record incentive program would be extremely difficult for physicians to meet, causing those using the systems at their practices to fall short of requirements and exposing them to lower Medicare payments, organized medicine groups say.More

2013 ANI call for proposals
AAHAM
"Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"

We are inviting you to become a part of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management speaker's tradition. AAHAM is currently accepting proposals to speak at the 2013 Annual National Institute held on Oct. 16-18. You are not required to be an AAHAM member to submit a program proposal.

By speaking at our Annual National Institute, you have the opportunity to impact individuals driven to improve themselves, their place of work, AAHAM, the industry and the nation. Your experiences and insights are in demand...here is your chance to share your expertise and knowledge and to give back to the industry you are committed to.

Proposals must be submitted on or before Jan. 31.
You can download the full call for proposals application here. More

New report outlines plan to save $2 trillion in health costs by 2023
Medical Economics
Slowing the growth of health spending by $2 trillion from 2014 to 2023 could be possible through a set of strategic policies on payment reform, enhanced consumer choice and controlling increasing costs, according to the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. "We have broad evidence that much of our spending is wasteful," says Cathy Schoen, Commonwealth Fund senior vice president and lead author of the report. More

AAHAM webinar: 'Overview of OIG's Recent Scrutiny of Provider-Based Billing: Everything You Need to Know'
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Topic: Overview of OIG's Recent Scrutiny of Provider-Based Billing: Everything You Need to Know

When: Feb. 13, 1:30-3 p.m., EDT

Speaker: Amanda Waesch, Esquire of Brennan, Manna and Diamond

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 30. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 6.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.
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Mobile healthcare apps slated for federal oversight
HealthLeadersMedia
Healthcare apps for smartphones and other mobile devices have been flooding the market since 2010 and have proliferated so rapidly that efforts are under way to create a process to evaluate and certify them. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there were 17,288 health and fitness apps on the market in mid-2012 along with 14,558 medical apps.More

AAHAM webinar: 'What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program'
AAHAM
Topic: What Every C-Suite Member Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act's Mandatory Compliance Program

When: Feb. 27, 1:30-3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Linda Fotheringill, Principal of Washington & West, LLC

Program Focus: In this ADVANCED webinar, learn:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 13. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 20.

Click here to download the full description and printable registration form.More

Report: Most adults not using technology to monitor health
iHealthBeat
Despite the proliferation of smartphone and tablet applications that monitor health, most U.S. adults who track their health are doing so without using modern technology, according to a report from the Pew Research Center, USA Today reports. More

Rekindling the patient ID debate
Healthcare IT News
Imagine an identification number containing every iota of your health data — documenting every disease and ailment you've been treated for, every doctor you've seen — a number unique only to you. With such holistic data, the implications for improving patient care and reducing inefficiencies appear enormous. More

6 ways AHRQ will explore EHRs, workflow redesign
Government Health IT
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to better understand the relationship between health IT and workflow redesign by examining six small- to medium-sized physician practices that are moving to a patient-centered medical home model and use several methods to obtain their research information.More

What the new HIPAA means for digital health access
mobihealthnews
"HIPAA is a valve, not a blockage." At least, that's what Office of Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez has said about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Discussions of the national health information privacy and security act often revolve around the ways it limits access to patient health information, rather than the ways in which it makes that information available to patients themselves.More

3 practical ways to cut wait times for appointments
FiercePracticeManagement
Simple changes in scheduling habits can break bottlenecks and allow new patients to see doctors substantially sooner, according to a new study from researchers at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York. According to the analysis of Montefiore's operational data from January 2008 to November 2011, the specialists treating complex diseases not only expanded their numbers of new-patient appointments, but also reduced the time it took to get a follow-up appointment from eight to two weeks. More

Report: CMS community initiatives could reduce health costs
Kaiser Health News
A pilot program introduced by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to boost quality of care for seniors by developing community approaches to health problems could play a key role in bringing down costs, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More