AAHAM eNewswatch
Jul. 25, 2012

Take advantage of early bird registration for 2012 ANI; deadline Aug. 10
The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. This year's theme is "Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes ... Taking Your Revenue Cycle to New Altitudes." The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 10! The registration brochure is now available to be downloaded and online registration is now open. It's never too early to make your hotel reservations! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 17. For reservations please call (888) 421-1442 or click here. More

Hospitals' readmissions rates not budging
Kaiser Health News
The nation's hospitals are making little headway in reducing the frequency at which patients are readmitted despite a campaign by the government and the threat of financial penalties, according to Medicare new data. The government and health policy experts consider frequent readmissions a sign of the shortcomings of the nation's healthcare system, with one in five Medicare patients returning to the hospital within a month of discharge.More

AAHAM webinar: ICD-10 Implementation – An Advanced Dialogue
Topic: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
When: Aug. 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Janet Hodgdon, CPA, CPC; Laurie Desjardins, CPC-I, PCS and Ilona Romanenko of Baker Newman Noyes
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will discuss ICD-10 implementation with regards to patient access, billing and collections from the perspective of finance, coding, reimbursement and technology.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 8. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Aug. 15.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

9 ways ICD-10 could hurt providers and patients
Healthcare Finance News
ICD-10 seeks to add greater detail to how a patient's diseases and conditions are coded. Increased specificity has clear merits. Perhaps a patient no longer needs to repeat to many providers over a lifetime that it was the left arm that was fractured. As patients grow older, it's important that the details of their medical histories are stored somewhere other than in memory. But what are the negative implications of ICD-10's greatly expanded code set?More

5 tips for taking on risk in new payment models
Becker's Hospital Review
It's happening in different ways and different places around the country, but, broadly speaking, healthcare payers are starting to move away from traditional fee-for-service payment models. Providers, in turn, may be taking on a certain amount of risk in payment models that rely more heavily on capitated payments.More

Hospitals reaping financial benefits of telehealth
HealthLeaders Media
While telehealth launched more than 40 years ago to address care for geographically isolated patients, its growth has been slow but steady. However, in the past 10 years, the growth of high-speed communication networks and the push to lower healthcare costs have made telehealth an idea that's time has finally come, and in many instances is now getting reimbursed.More

Medicare IDs few hospitals as outliers in readmissions
Kaiser Health News
Despite several years of concerted efforts, hospital readmission rates aren't dropping, the latest Medicare data show. Readmissions cost Medicare $17.5 billion in inpatient spending, with nearly 10 million Mediciare beneficiaries readmitted within 30 days for any cause, a rate of nearly one in five Medicare patients who enter a hospital. Nonetheless, Medicare continues to publicly single out very few hospitals as poor performers on its Hospital Compare website, even as the agency readies new financial penalties against those with too high rates.More

AAHAM 2012 professional certification training webinars — first part is Friday, July 27!
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

Study: 1 in 10 employers plans to drop health benefits
The Hill
About one in 10 employers plan to end workers' health insurance as the new healthcare law takes effect, according to a new study. Surveying 560 U.S. companies, consulting firm Deloitte found that 9 percent of employers are planning to drop employee health benefits within three years. Eighty-one percent said they would continue covering employees, and 10 percent said they were not sure.More

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

Last 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