AAHAM eNewswatch
Jun. 20, 2012

Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators to encourage them to co-sponsor the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance. We are pushing for a companion bill to H.R. 3035, which would amend the TCPA to provide parity in the protections and options accorded to landlines and wireless numbers and to allow healthcare providers and their agents to contact consumers at any number provided to them. The TCPA needs to keep pace with the rate at which technology is changing and how it is being used by businesses and consumers.More

The staggering cost of an Epic EHR might not be worth it
The cost of the electronic health record made by Epic Systems has some hospitals and hospital systems forking over huge amounts of money — sometimes at the cost of operating performance. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that hospitals don't need to saddle themselves with such an expensive system and can instead rely on a variety of tools for managing health care.More

5 benefits of improving patient charge estimates
Becker's Hospital Review
As patients begin to request price quotes for hospital services more frequently, there may be several advantages to honing in on more efficient patient charge estimates, according to a recent case study. St. Joseph Hospital, a 112-bed hospital in Bangor, Maine, experienced an increased volume of price quote requests from patients, and hospital officials decided to improve its patient estimates. The hospital noted five main benefits from enhancing the process.More

Healthcare ruling cloaked in secrecy spurs guessing game
Bloomberg Businessweek
In the next two weeks, John Roberts will sit in his high-backed, black leather chair in the U.S. Supreme Court's marble courtroom and tell a hushed crowd that the justices are about to rule on health care. It will be the most dramatic moment in Roberts' seven years as chief justice and one of the biggest for Barack Obama as president. Greg Stohr reviews the possible decisions the high court could make and their possible implications.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

Health IT potential for patient behavior remains untapped
Fierce Health IT
Although information technology certainly has the ability to change patient behaviors, a lot of untapped potential remains, according to research recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In combing through 41 studies, the researchers found the effect of technology on actual behavior to be mostly positive but said that more work should explicitly focus on the functions of active technologies, such as interactive education and self-monitoring.More

Security tips to combat mobile device threats to healthcare
Help Net Security
Mobile devices are increasingly exposing protected health information in the healthcare space, with threat risks growing, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The devices pose significant risks for privacy incidents for healthcare organizations, providers and entities responsible for safeguarding protected health information under Federal HITECH and HIPAA regulations. A variety of contributors offer their advice on how you can prevent a data security catastrophe in the hospital.More

Survey results suggest strong CPOE showing
Health Imaging
According to survey results of 34 community hospitals, each with over five years of experience with computerized physician order entry, the national policies to promote clinical decision support use may be successful. The survey analyzed data and descriptive statistics based on interviews in the 34 hospitals and was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Medical Informatics Association.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

Medicare joins with insurers to test paying for care management
American Medical News
Dozens of private and public insurers have joined a Medicare-led initiative to offer primary care practices monthly care management fees and the opportunity to share savings for keeping patient costs low in seven markets. Primary care physicians in eight states have until next month to apply for the four-year program known as the comprehensive primary care initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.More

AMA, AHA at odds over 'surprise' Medicare final rule
HealthLeaders Media
The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association are at odds over two provisions in a final Medicare rule that give physicians more influence over hospital decisions. Each organization stated its case with heated language in letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The final rule specifies how hospitals must meet "Conditions of Participation" in the Medicare program.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