AAHAM eNewswatch
Aug. 1, 2012

Take advantage of early registration for 2012 ANI
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 fail to use readmission best practices
Despite the national focus on readmissions rates, most hospitals infrequently utilize recommended strategies to reduce readmission risk for patients with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction, according to a new Commonwealth Fund-supported study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.More

Lawmakers warned of demise of solo medical practices
American Medical News
Physicians and health analysts testified to lawmakers that growing evidence shows doctors are shutting down their small private practices to join larger health organizations due to administrative, payment and medical liability pressures — and that health system reform may be playing a part.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.

Don't bungle bundled payments
HealthLeaders Media
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, a three-year pilot program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers a challenge to participating hospitals and health systems: Instead of issuing multiple payments to multiple providers surrounding a single episode of care, accept one payment for a variety of services performed under that care episode.More

CMS offers practical tips for ICD-10 implementation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released two tip sheets this week; they only seem to be in email alerts from CMS, so the content has been posted here. The first is some basic information on how healthcare providers can prepare to improve clinical documentation. The second is a broad checklist of what needs to happen during an ICD-10 transition.More

AAHAM webinar: Predictive Modeling for Revenue Cycles — How to Get More for Your Efforts
Topic: Predictive Modeling for Revenue Cycles: How to Get More for Your Efforts
When: Sept. 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Neil Smithson, Managing Member of PARO Decision Support, LLC and Steven Levin, CEO of Connance, Inc.
Program Focus: This intermediate level session is designed to give you an understanding of how predictive modeling and scoring can impact revenue cycle outcomes.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 29. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 5.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

Affordable Care Act brings influx of patients
Medical Economics via Modern Medicine
With the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to allow most of the Affordable Care Act to stand, tens of millions of patients are about to acquire health insurance in 2014, some for the first time. This represents a monumental change in our nation's approach to healthcare delivery, and it will forever change the financing of medical care.More

Annual retainer fee buys patients more time with their doctors
The Los Angeles Times
Frustrated with a changing healthcare system that has resulted in longer work days and less time with patients, a growing number of doctors across the nation are turning to a new type of practice — concierge medicine. The model is simple: Doctors charge their patients an annual fee and in turn, give them more time and attention.More

3 steps to quality pay for physicians
American Medical News
Physicians, both employed and independent, need to take steps to ensure they are receiving the appropriate share of pay-for-performance or value-based purchasing bonuses, medical consultants say. Whether the quality pay program is from a health system, insurer, accountable care organization, patient-centered medical home or some other model, physicians need to understand what metrics they have to meet. 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 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

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