AAHAM eNewswatch
April 20, 2011

1099 tax reporting rule repealed
American Medical News
The first successful legislative attempt to amend the national health system reform law is a bipartisan measure repealing an expense reporting provision that would have increased the amount of paperwork medical practices and other small businesses must file with the government.More

Healthcare administration simplification
As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted.More

White House targets medical errors
The Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration has announced a broad new initiative to reduce medical errors, partnering with private insurers, business leaders, hospitals and patient advocates to tackle a problem that kills thousands of Americans every year.More

Survey: CIOs less confident on early meaningful use targets
Modern Healthcare
The challenges of meeting federal meaningful use targets continue to sink in for hospital chief information officers, according to the latest quarterly survey of CIOs by the College of Health Information Management Executives. Results from the most recent survey, conducted in March, show that 7.5 percent of 200 CHIME members queried expected to meet meaningful use requirements and qualify for federal electronic health record system subsidy payments. That's down from 15 percent for that metric in the November 2010 survey and from 28 percent in the survey last August.More

Sharpening your survey skills; how practices can measure patient satisfaction
American Medical News
Insurers base their pay-for-performance programs in part on patient satisfaction scores, and CMS will do the same thing. So how should physicians design their surveys?More

Massachusetts, pioneer of universal healthcare, now may try new approach to costs
The Washington Post
Five years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to move toward universal health insurance, foreshadowing the 2010 federal health-care overhaul. Now, the commonwealth is debating whether to become a role model again — by replacing the fee-for-service system that has long defined U.S. medicine. Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick is proposing a new way of paying for care that would give lump payments to teams of doctors responsible for almost all the care of a group of patients, with bonuses for saving money and dispensing high-caliber services that keep people healthy.More

Call for 2012-2013 AAHAM officer nominations
Nominations for our National AAHAM 2012-2013 slate of officers were declared open Friday, April 1. We are now reaching out to all members to submit nominations for the following offices: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations are open and will be accepted through May 4. Submit your nominations to Linda M. Patry, CPAM, AAHAM National Nominating & Voting Chair, by email to patryl@cmhc.org.More

Oklahoma governor rejects HHS grant money
Modern Healthcare
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced her state will not accept $54.6 million in HHS grant money that had been awarded as part of $241 million in "early innovator" grants to several states to create information technology infrastructure for health insurance exchanges. Instead, Oklahoma will create a health insurance "private enterprise network" funded by state or private resources.More

Maine Civil Liberties Union, state senator seek HIE opt-in law
Healthcare IT News
In an effort to "maximize people's control" over how their health information is disseminated, the Maine Civil Liberties Union, alongside privacy advocates and care providers, have joined forces to call on the state legislature to pass a medical patient privacy and consent bill.More

Hiring in physician offices is booming
American Medical News
In the first quarter of 2011, physician practices added jobs at a rate more than three times higher than in the first quarter of the previous year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said physician offices added 16,500 jobs from January to March, including 7,600 in March, 5,500 in February and 3,400 in January. In the first quarter of 2010, offices added only 4,900 jobs over the entire three months.More

Hatch to headline Payments and Policy Conference
Marketwire via MSNBC
The American Research & Policy Institute has announced that the 2011 Healthcare Payments and Policy Conference (HCON) will be headlined by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Ranking Republican, Senate Committee on Finance. HCON2011, which will be held June 28-29 in Washington, D.C., brings together healthcare payments industry leaders and policy makers to showcase and discuss new market trends, technologies, and challenges shaping the healthcare payments landscape.More

AAHAM Spring 2011 webinar schedule is now available
May 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Richard (Dick) Finnegan, CEO of The Retention Institute, as we present this lively webinar, "The Recession is Over and I Quit." Payment must be received on or before April 29. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 6. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

May 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC, CPCO, Director at IMA Consulting as we present this informative and timely webinar, "ICD-10, Don't Panic, Prepare." Payment must be received on or before May 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 13. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

June 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and April Langford, vice president, Revenue Cycle at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC) as we present this informative and timely webinar, "Automating Patient Access Workflow; A Case Study." Payment must be received on or before May 18. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 27. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

Everyone earns three CEUs for attending. Online Member Registration is available at www.aaham.org.More