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Jul. 31, 2013

Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
The 2013 ANI will be Oct. 16-18, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

This year's theme is "Achieving Excellence in Your Revenue Cycle ... and All That Jazz"

Online registration is now open! You can download the registration brochure or register online by clicking here. The early-bird registration deadline is Aug. 16!


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services changes to the clinical laboratory fee schedule
The National Law Review
On Friday, July 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the 2014 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. The proposed rules are available in the Federal Register at pages 43282 and 43534, respectively. These notices include three proposed changes to Medicare payment for Clinical Laboratory services that would address the rapid technological changes in the clinical diagnostic lab environment.More

Upcoming webinars
'Cycling Through the Revenue Cycle: Are there Overlooked Paths of Opportunity?', on Aug. 14 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Part B Rebilling for Denied or Invalid Part A Claims', on Aug. 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

'Biometrics: The Future of Patient Identification is Here Today at INTEGRIS Health', on Sept. 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

CPAM summer webinar series, various dates

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Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen. "Perfect" payment arrangements are possible if you follow these four easy steps: information gathering, preparation, negotiation and documentation. Let's look at each step in a little more detail.More

Top 8 zaniest ICD-10 codes
Healthcare Finance News
The next time you suffer asphyxiation as a result of your encasement in a discarded refrigerator, your care providers will know exactly which ICD-10 code to use.More

8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014.More

Why physicians are worried about reimbursements after ICD-10 deadline
Government Health IT
Oct. 1, 2014, is the deadline for all HIPAA covered entities to convert to ICD-10 codes. That means entities such as worker's compensation payers and casualty insurers don't have to convert.More

Medicare pioneer ACOs save money but lose physicians
American Medical News
Physicians in nine large groups have dropped out of Medicare's pioneer accountable care organization initiative after just one year of participation, but health policy officials and doctors leading ACO groups said they are not turning their backs on coordinating care for beneficiaries. The 32 pioneer ACOs cut costs for Medicare by 0.3 percent in 2012 while similar patient populations outside of the initiative experienced spending increases of 0.8 percent. More

Your patients deserve expertise, not 'good enough'
By Mike Wokasch
As healthcare professionals, we may have a tendency to look at expertise in the narrow context of science and medicine. While the implications of expertise may differ, it is important to appreciate that expertise is not defined by academic achievement or job function. The person who can make your burger perfect every time, the incredibly knowledgeable and attentive restaurant server, the meticulously accurate and precise laboratory technician or the electricians and plumbers "who just know" what's wrong and how to fix it — all have a level of expertise that they have developed.More

AHA's 5 policy recommendations for slowing electronic reporting
Government Health IT
As many hospitals are struggling to generate clinical quality measures, the American Hospital Association is calling for slowing the pace of transitioning to electronic reporting. In a report, released July 25, the AHA calls for "redirecting" the existing requirements for digital clinical quality measures. As it stands, the process raises costs and effort for providers, AHA said, without leading to accurate data.More

SNOMED and LOINC team up ahead of ICD-10
EHR Intelligence
It may not be an Avengers-style box office hit, but it's big news for HIM professionals: Competing clinical coding systems SNOMED and LOINC are putting aside their differences and teaming up to improve the clinical quality and relevance of both systems, according to a news release provided by the Regenstrief Institute Inc. and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization, the two not-for-profit organizations in charge of maintaining the code sets. The 10-year agreement will help reduce duplicated efforts, align future projects, and link the two terminologies to make it easier for physicians to exchange health data within EHRs.More

CMS clarifies meaningful use clinical quality measure specs
Health Data Management
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added the following three new Frequently Asked Questions relating to clinical quality measure specifications under the electronic health records meaningful use program. More

More on preventing hospital readmissions
The New York Times
Of all conditions that land people in hospitals, heart failure is the one that most commonly causes older adults to bounce back within 30 days. It's one of three conditions that Medicare is concentrating on as it pushes to reduce readmissions by 20 percent and imposes financial penalties on hospitals with higher-than-average readmissions rates.More

HIPAA fines put pressure on healthcare to better secure patient data
For a long time many, in the security industry felt that HIPAA had no bite. That until there were a few examples of healthcare companies made to pay the piper for HIPAA violations, the entire industry would not toe the line. Well, if that were the case at one point, it is not anymore. Over the last year or so, there has been a pretty steady stream of fines levied for violations of HIPAA regulations resulting in patients' electronic confidential data being breached.More