AAHAM eNewswatch
May. 30, 2012

Last chance to apply for AAHAM 2012 Member Scholarship
AAHAM offers scholarship opportunities for members and children of our members. The application can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Moayad Zahralddin at moayad@aaham.org. The application deadline is May 31.More

AAHAM webinar: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management — sign up before June 1!
Topic: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
When: June 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Chuck Duncan, CEO, CTO, Healthcare Revenue Strategies, LLC
Program Focus: This advanced level session will discuss the seven key components to building a successful denial management program within a healthcare organization.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 1. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 6.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
*Attendees will receive three CEUs.More

3 ways to set up online payment systems for patients
American Medical News
Numerous surveys have found that 75 percent of Internet-using Americans pay bills online, but the medical industry has been slow to offer these services to patients. Physician practices don't have to spend a lot of money to give patients the option of paying their bills online. There are different methods for accepting online payments that are as simple as creating a PayPal account, or as complicated as implementing a fully integrated system that gives patients a billing and service summary.More

Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills
The Los Angeles Times
Health insurance still offers substantial value for consumers by providing preventive care at no cost and offering protection from major medical bills that could bankrupt most families. But cash prices — typically available for hundreds of common outpatient services and tests — have a real appeal to millions of consumers who are on the hook for a growing share of their medical costs as employers and insurers cut back on coverage and push more high-deductible plans.More

AAHAM 2012 professional certification training webinars
This summer, AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches will bring back the popular four-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager (CPAM/CCAM).

Whether you are planning to take the CPAM/CCAM exams or just preparing for the future, you will want to sign up for the webinar program. Those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not. We will cover the four parts of the exam in the four-part series:
*Patient Access: Held on July 27
*Billing: Held on Aug. 10
*Credit & Collections: Held on Aug. 24
*Revenue Cycle Management: Held on Sept. 7

If you are unable to attend the sessions, CD-Roms of the entire series are available for sale. You may download the full description and printable registration form here. More

More care up front for $54 a month
The New York Times
A trucking company looking to cut health costs has turned to a novel solution. Becker Trucking pays $54 per employee per month to a primary care provider called Qliance. Employees get unlimited doctor visits, 24-hour email access to the medical staff and same-day or next-day appointments. There is no insurance involved in their primary care; no expensive premiums, no complicated claims, no mysterious denials.More

3 ways doctors can take on insurers
American Medical News
It's challenging for doctors to find the time to fight with insurers. Trying to persuade a health insurer to change a policy, fix a problem or reverse a bad decision can be frustrating for physicians. But it can be done — with persistence, and by gathering strength in numbers.More

Call for nominations for the Bill Spare Award
The Bill Spare National AAHAM Recognition Award is presented to a National AAHAM member to acknowledge and honor significant, commendable and longstanding contributions to the AAHAM organization. The award is named in honor of Bill Spare, CPAM, who served as the National AAHAM president from 1996-1998. Spare demonstrated integrity and leadership in every role he served within the organization and provided support and encouragement for so many of its members. You may download the nomination form by clicking here. The nomination deadline is July 31.More

Health bargain hunters use websites to cut doctor bills
Surgery to remove your appendix in one California hospital could cost $180,000. Have the operation at a different facility in the same state and the bill might be as little as $1,500. That kind of disparity, typical across the country, combined with escalating medical spending and the increasing amount of data available online, has prompted several startups to get into the business of helping companies and their employees save healthcare dollars.More

1 in 5 ED patients referred by primary care doctors
HealthLeaders Media
One in five patients who went to the ED but were not sick enough to require an inpatient bed said they sought the emergency department because their primary care doctor told them to go there, according to a federal survey.More

New AAHAM Logo Store open
The new AAHAM Logo Store is now open. We have lots of great wearable merchandise at affordable prices, all with the AAHAM logo on it. We have sweatshirts, T-shirts, vests and even baby clothes for the youngest AAHAM fans.More