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Sep. 4, 2013

Save the dates for the 2013 ANI!
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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.

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Keep the profit, reduce taxes, protect assets: Own your own insurance company
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
As medical reimbursements continue to shrink and healthcare reform looms large, a popular question we receive at conferences and in consults with medical practices is, "Would owning part of a small insurance company help my practice become more financially efficient?" If your emergency department practice currently generates over $3 million of revenue and you would like to increase profits, reduce taxes, protect assets and add flexibility to practice buy-ins and buy-outs, then this article should be of high interest.More

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

'Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT Implications for Eligibility/Exchange Enrollment', on Sept. 22 from 1:30-3 p.m. EST

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Click here for online member registration
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HHS rule okays prepaid debit cards for exchange payment
FierceHealthPayer
Insurers must accept prepaid debit cards as payments for plans sold on health insurance exchanges, according to a new final rule issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.More

8 anti-fraud questions to ask now about ICD-10
Government Health IT
U.S. health plans are just like that little Dutch boy, with the coming onslaught of conversion to ICD-10 coding next year, and the fraud and misrepresentation likely to ensue from that confusing and daunting task (real or fabricated).More

Putting the best foot forward: ICD-10, interoperability and you
By Charlotte Bohnett
With everyone who's covered under HIPAA preparing to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 14, 2014, there's a lot of information out there on the both the positive and less-than-positive aspects of the change.More

22 recent issues between hospitals and payers
Becker's Hospital Review
The following are the latest issues that occurred between hospitals, health systems and payers within the past month, starting with the most recent.More

Study: Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions
NBC News
Helping people who were recently released from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study. More

HIX final rule details payment, appeals standards
HealthLeaders Media
The final rule on health insurance exchanges sets forth standards for agent and broker participation in government-facilitated insurance marketplaces. It also requires qualified health plans that issue exchange products "to accept a variety of payment methods."More

Avoiding medical supply price mismatches
Healthcare Finance News
As medical supply prices have risen steadily in recent years, many hospitals have turned to group purchasing organizations to buy in bulk and keep costs down. But group product purchasing also complicates the product supply trail, often leading to errors that prevent fulfillment, delivery and payment.More

3 ways EHR adoption can improve the patient experience
EHR Intelligence
There are many key players integral to the patient experience. One specific triad of relationships that significantly affects the patient experience is the relationship between labs, practices, and electronic health records. While more than half of all doctors have adopted EHRs to improve workflow and enhance patient care, most orders for diagnostic tests are still made outside of the EHR, and many healthcare groups do not fully realize the benefits of connecting to multiple labs through the EHR.More

At the forefront: How hospitals, health systems can be on the cutting edge with payers
Becker's Hospital Review
Many payers and providers have taken big steps in finding creative ways to pay for, and be paid for, healthcare services. The following are a few perspectives from hospital executives on what other similar providers need to do to modernize their payer strategies.More