AAHAM eNewswatch
Jul. 22, 2015

The Wonderful World of Revenue Cycle
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The 2015 Annual National Institute will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida, from Oct. 14-16.

Connect with others and expand your network with ANI events designed to maximize your opportunities for meeting a unique community of professionals who "do what you do." Enjoy this once a year, unique opportunity to network with colleagues and industry leaders from across the country, to share ideas and learn useful new solutions to your day-to-day challenges. AAHAM social events are an integral part of your learning and networking experience; a catalyst for building relationships in a fun and informative atmosphere.

The Early Bird Registration is Aug. 14.
It's never too early to make your hotel reservations! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 11. For reservations please call 888.828.8850 and reference AAHAM or click here.

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Hospitals look to patients, family for voice on experience
The Tennessean
Amy Buesing spent much of her career as a hospital pharmacist, but she found herself as a frequent in-patient guest at Memorial Medical in Las Cruces, New Mexico, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, later, osteoarthritis that advanced rapidly. A double mastectomy and double knee replacement later, Buesing is co-chair of a new national patient experience advisory board alongside Dr. Rusty Holman, chief medical officer for LifePoint Health.More

Most healthcare workers don't follow personal protective equipment-removal rules
FierceHealthcare
Fewer than 15 percent of healthcare workers comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations for removing personal protective equipment, according to a study from the American Journal of Infection Control. Correct removal is crucial to reduce contamination from emerging pathogens like the Ebola virus. The CDC's recommendations call for healthcare workers to remove their gloves first and then gently remove their gowns from the back before leaving the patient's isolation room.More

Medicare's midlife crisis: Catastrophic finances pit doctors against patients
The Washington Examiner
As Maryanne Wood sits on the passenger side of the car, she reaches forward and closes the air conditioning vent. "I can't have that cold air blowing on my face," she says. "It can trigger serious pain." Wood suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that causes excruciating pain in the face. At one point it was quite common for people suffering from it to take their own lives, earning the condition the moniker of "suicide disease."More

Generic drugs pose specific problems for healthcare providers
Healthcare Finance
Rebounding from a tough couple of years due to lack of availability of generic drugs, many healthcare facilities are weighing their options. "You need to understand all the information about the drugs; know what you can and can't buy; and work with clinical staff who use them to guarantee they can provide input into how to use them safely," said Bonnie Levin, assistant vice president of Pharmacy Services at Medstar, a health system based in Maryland.More

Patient matching moves into pilot mode
Healthcare IT News
Patient matching and patient registration could soon get a boost. Organizations working on the Virtual Clipboard Initiative released the design and specifications for its new pilot program. The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is leading the effort. It is collaborating with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, HIMSS and MGMA. The specs released today include defined user functionality, pilot scope and functionality. It also documents future strategic design considerations.More

3 steps to prep for an OCR audit
Medical Practice Insider
Nearly two decades after the initial passage of HIPAA — with dramatic updates in 2009 and again in 2013 when the final omnibus rule reflected statutory changes to HITECH — the next round of audits may again significantly change the way health providers conduct business.More

5 elements of successful patient engagement
HIT Consultant
In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about how to engage patients in their care. Patient engagement has always been considered a good thing in practices and health care organizations. Today it is vital to the business of delivering care. Why the shift? Patient engagement is an essential strategy for achieving the "triple aim" of healthcare.More

ICD-10 preparation lacks testing, revenue impact analysis
EHR Intelligence
The long-awaited ICD-10 transition is less than three months away and ICD-10 preparation gaps still remain for many providers in the area of testing and revenue impact assessments, according to the 2015 ICD-10 Readiness report published by AHIMA and the eHealth Initiative. "By now, the majority of organizations responding to the survey have undertaken most of the steps to prepare for the transition, with the exception of testing and revenue impact assessments," the authors of the report state.More

Upcoming Webinars
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Back by Popular Demand!

Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

PREPARE FOR YOUR CRCP OR STAY CURRENT IN YOUR SKILLS & EARN AAHAM CEUs AT THE SAME TIME!

Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for each study session attended

If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

The webinar dates are:
July 22 - 1 - 2:30 EDT p.m. Credit & Collections
Aug. 5 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT Management

Click here to download the full description and printable order form.
Click here to register online.
NON-Members can click here to register online
Join AAHAM and top CRCP coaches as we present A Four Part Webinar Study program for the AAHAM Certified Revenue Cycle Professional Exams.

PREPARE FOR YOUR CRCP OR STAY CURRENT IN YOUR SKILLS & EARN AAHAM CEUs AT THE SAME TIME!

Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for each study session attended

If you can't attend the webinars, you can purchase downloadable mp4's of the webinars.

The webinar dates are:
July 22 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT Credit & Collections
Aug. 5 - 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT Revenue Cycle Management

Click here to download the full description and registration form.
Online Member Registration
NON-Members can click here to register online
10 Best Practices for Payer Contracting; a Roadmap for Successful Negotiations

When: WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Susan Charkin, MPH, Founder and President of Healthcents and Steve Selbst, CEO of Healthcents

This interesting intermediate level webinar will discuss payer contracting. Steve and Susan will provide a map to get you to your destination; more revenue for your practice and more patient referrals. To make sure we have space for you, payment must be received by Aug. 12. Everyone earns 3 CEUs for attending.

Click here to download the full description and registration form.

Online Member Registration

NON-Members can click here to register onlineMore