AAHAM eNewswatch
Aug. 31, 2011

When HIEs are used, health plan costs go down
Healthcare IT News
A new study from Humana and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange shows that using health information exchanges in emergency departments results in improved provider efficiencies and health plan cost savings. The peer-reviewed analysis, billed as the first to closely examine the benefits accrued by health plans that support health information exchanges, is published in the July/August issue of American Health & Drug Benefits.More

2011 Annual National Institute
AAHAM
This year the ANI will be held in Las Vegas from Oct. 5-7 at the Wynn.
Join us on the red carpet at the banquet this year! Suggested attire for ladies: Cocktail, dressy or business; suggested attire for gentlemen: Business suits, tuxedos are optional.

Remember to register and make your hotel reservations ASAP! See you there!

The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 7.

You can download the full registration brochure from the AAHAM Website or register online at www.aaham.org. More

More details emerge on insurance tax credits and other reform standards
American Medical News
The Department of Health and Human Services has released three proposed rules addressing the enrollment of an estimated 30 million Americans in Medicaid and private health insurance through health insurance exchanges beginning in 2014. The three rules — co-written by the Departments of Treasury and Labor — seek to implement a one-stop process to determine eligibility and enrollment for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for tax credits to help purchase health insurance.More

Hospital management jobs at risk during reform uncertainty
FierceHealthcare
As hospitals try to avoid eliminating services, many are trimming their staff to save funds. Not even management positions are safe these days. For instance, 117 mid-level management positions are being cut from Virginia-based Inova Health System, according to Kaiser Health News. Health system officials attribute the job cuts to the still sluggish economy and the unknown effects of health reform. Efforts to shrink the levels of bureaucracy between senior managers and patients also led Inova to eliminate the mid-level management positions.More

AAHAM Webinar: Provider-based criteria and rural health clinic billing
AAHAM
When: Sept. 14 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Charles A. James Jr., MBA, president & CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will provide an overview of the criteria and process for designating a clinic as provider-based. The basic components of billing as a provider-based rural health clinic will be also be presented.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Sept. 2. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 9.

Full descriptions and registration info can be found at www.aaham.org. More

Illinois Medicaid's managed care effort stumbles
Chicago Tribune
Many doctors and hospitals in Illinois are refusing to join the new Medicaid program, which the state hopes will better coordinate care and lower costs for some of its neediest recipients. The providers' rationale: They dislike the bureaucratic hassles and cost-cutting measures associated with managed care.More

Here come the 20-somethings
American Medical News
Young adults are the first added to insurance rolls under health reform, but few know how the health system works. How do physicians manage these new patients?More

Patient check-in moves to the iPad
Healthcare IT News
Just three weeks after its iPad-native EHR made news for gaining ONC-ATCB-certification, drchrono has launched an iOS app to replace paper-based patient check-in. Company execs say the OnPatient app can be downloaded to the iPad for free and integrated into a medical practice as a standalone application.More

Pay of small-practice managers lags
Medical Economics
The median pay for administrators of small and medium-sized practices fell or barely increased last year. Median pay for administrators in practices with six or fewer doctors fell to $86,459 last year, down 3.9 percent from 2009's median of $90,000. The median pay for administrators of practices with seven to 25 doctors rose by .28 percent from $114,680 to $115,000 in 2010. More

Healthcare administration simplification
AAHAM
As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted.More