AAHAM eNewswatch
May. 8, 2013

AAHAM webinar: 'Self-Administered Drugs: Demystifying Common Assumptions and Clarifying Provider Obligations'
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Topic: Self-Administered Drugs: Demystifying Common Assumptions and Clarifying Provider Obligations

When: May 29 , 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Jon Menard, Consulting Manager at Medical Bureau/ROI

Program Focus: This INTERMEDIATE webinar will provide a detailed review of Medicare's regulations governing self-administered drugs. Learn about Medicare's definition of self-administered drugs, requirements for billing Medicare and patients for self-administered drugs, and ways to ensure compliance.

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before May 15. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 22.

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Doctors, others criticize Medicare's proposal on hospital admissions rules
The Washington Post
Medicare officials have proposed changes in hospital admission rules that they say will curb the rising number of beneficiaries who are placed in observation care but are not admitted, making them ineligible for nursing home coverage. Setting deadlines for observation stays would also limit the growing length of time of observation visits, another trend officials said was troubling. Reaction from patient advocates, doctors and hospitals has been swift and unanimous: It's a bad idea.More

AAHAM webinar: 'Enrollment Solutions in the Shadow of PPACA'
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Topic: Enrollment Solutions in the Shadow of PPACA

When: June 19, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Michael D. Wilmoth, Esquire and CEO of Advanced Patient Advocacy

Program Focus: In this INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn how the enactment of the new healthcare law, (PPACA) will cause widespread changes in the way that enrollment is handled. This intermediate level session will review the challenges hospitals face and the politics versus reality. This interactive webinar will also provide information on risk versus opportunity and strategies for risk aversion. In this informative webinar, learn:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 5. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 12.

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Report: Hospitals in CMS program cut readmissions 14 percent, save $100 million
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control
Hospitals participating in CMS' Hospital Engagement Network reduced readmissions by 14 percent in one year, generating $100 million in savings, according to an American Hospital Association report.More

EHR design flaws causing doctors to revert to paper
American Medical News
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.More

AAHAM webinar: 'Self-Administered Drugs: Demystifying Common Assumptions and Clarifying Provider Obligations'
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Learn about Medicare's definition of self-administered drugs, requirements for billing Medicare and patients for self-administered drugs, and ways to ensure compliance.More

HIPAA being misinterpreted, Congress told
MedPage Today
Health care providers often misunderstand or over-interpret a 1996 health privacy law and as a result frequently do not share vital health information with family, caregivers and others, lawmakers heard. Some members of Congress have expressed concern that certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have prevented providers from sharing information with loved ones and law enforcement that may have saved a patient's life or the lives of others.More

AAHAM webinar: 'A Little TACT is all it takes - Improving the Process of Business Office Collections'
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Topic: A Little TACT is all it takes - Improving the Process of Business Office Collections

When: June 26, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Mr. Mathia, CEO & Executive Coach of Trident Coaching Systems & Tiburon Healthcare Solutions Group

Program Focus: - In this BEGINNER webinar, learn the secret behind collecting more money is found within the lost art of TACT; Training, Advocating, Connecting and Trying. Discover ways in which your office can utilize some simple strategies to help you improve collections and offer better patient care by learning how to ask for money like a nurse effortlessly asks for a person's weight. Learn all about:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 12. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 19.

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Medicare incentives seen as crucial to coordinated EHRs
American Medical News
Improving health information exchanges and interoperability in the nation's network of electronic health records will push the U.S. toward achieving goals of an efficient and high-quality health system, organized medicine groups stated in recent comments to federal health officials. But significant gaps in adoption of health information technology and separate silos of electronic information remain as the nation prepares to move beyond the initial stage of a movement to abandon paper records and spur the use of EHRs.More

AAHAM webinar: 'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health'
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Topic: Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health

When: July 17, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

Speakers: Carl Bertrams, Principal Partner at HT Systems and Brent Grimes, Administrative Director of Patient Account Services at INTEGRIS Health

Program Focus: In this BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE webinar, learn about:

Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before July 3. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by July 10.

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Hospital-to-home care battling readmission rates, thanks to ACA
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As parts of the Affordable Care Act are being implemented, patients will begin to see more attention paid to the quality of care after they leave the hospital. This focus on the transition from hospital to home is in response to an alarming rate of hospital readmissions in the United States. Most readmissions are connected to the poor quality or lack of transitional care and post-hospital care coordination. A recently released report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation brings the issue to the forefront. More

CPAM summer webinar series
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AAHAM 2013 Professional Certification Training Webinars
This summer, AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches held the popular Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager.

Whether you are planning on taking the CPAM/CCAM exams or just preparing for the future, you can still order the CDs of the sessions. Those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.

We covered the four parts of the exam in the 4 part series:

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Keeping score on cleanliness: How to improve your HCAHPS ratings
Health Facilities Management
What can hospitals do to improve HCAHPS scores on room cleanliness? Deirdre Mylod, Ph.D., Press Ganey's executive director for the Institute of Innovation and senior vice president for decision analytics and research, has some suggestions.More

Convoluted code mappings to ICD-10 could be costly
FierceHealthIT
New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago illustrates yet another reason to get a jump on ICD-10 implementation: Mapping the 50,000 new medical diagnosis codes and 70,000 new procedure codes from ICD-9 is far from clear-cut. The researchers produced two mapping files based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and the reverse. They found the two mappings are not necessarily reciprocal, according to the study published at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.More

Report: Medicare should develop ACOs
MedPage Today
Medicare should move to accountable care-like organizations where providers receive a globally capitated payment for their patients and must meet quality measures for full payment, health policy experts said. A group of experts recently released a plan that called for creating "Medicare Comprehensive Care," organizations that collaborate to oversee the treatment of a patient. The initial benchmark for capitated payments under the plan would be based on current beneficiary spending and quality measures, the plan from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, said. Payments would increase only at the rate of growth in gross domestic product, and providers would be expected to sustain or improve quality over time.More

Next year heralds major changes in nation's healthcare
USA Today
Within the next 12 months, consumers could get a quick check-up at the pharmacy, text glucose levels to a doctor through a smart-phone app or earn bonuses for treadmill time from their employer — all as the nation grapples with growing healthcare costs. Spurred in part by the 2010 healthcare law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, as well as by the chronic disease costs associated with obesity, insurers, providers and businesses have re-imagined everything from where a person with a sprained finger should go for care to what employers can do to increase the overall health — and productivity — of their employees.More

Health IT stakeholders offer input on using EHRs for coding, billing
iHealthBeat
Recently, several stakeholders offered input on billing and coding with electronic health record systems during a four-hour "listening session" sponsored by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Modern Healthcare reports. More

ACOs: The least agreed-upon concept in healthcare?
Becker's Hospital Review
Healthcare is one of the country's most heavily regulated industries, one also driven by diagnoses, evidence and clinical expertise. Yet, despite this objectivity, one three-letter acronym has caused quite a divide among healthcare policy experts, physicians, health systems and payors. The ACO, or accountable care organization, may very well be the least agreed-upon concept in healthcare today.More