AAHAM eNewswatch
Oct. 10, 2012

Put your ICD-10 transition in fast-forward
Becker's Hospital Review
With the deadline for ICD-10 compliance now set for Oct. 1, 2014, it's good to reflect back on why we as an industry are transitioning to ICD-10 in the first place. The greater specificity levels within clinical documentation will provide an improved understanding of health conditions and impact patient outcomes. ICD-10 will also provide more granular data for disease management worldwide and reduce additional documentation that is needed at the time of reimbursement. At the end of the day though, this change links directly back to patient care. More

Make your plans for ANI 2012!
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 registration brochure is now available to be downloaded and online registration is now open.More

CPOE a huge stumbling block to Meaningful Use
Meeting the computerized provider order entry requirement is the biggest challenge to hospitals participating in the Meaningful Use incentive program, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. More

Major changes to CPT codes
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Effective January 1, 2013, there will be significant changes to current procedural terminology codes for psychiatry and psychotherapy services. The CPT code set is defined by the American Medical Association and describes procedures and services by physicians and other healthcare professionals. More

Dos and don'ts for reducing no-show appointments
Patient "no-shows" and last-minute cancellations are a huge source of frustration and expense for some physician practices. There are a number of ways an office may attempt to remedy this problem, but some of the more popular are flawed while other important steps are often overlooked. If you're having a problem with patients missing appointments, consider the following dos and don'ts from expert contributors to Renal & Urology News and Physicians Practice.More

AAHAM webinar: Next Generation Revenue Recovery
Topic: Next Generation Revenue Recovery
When: Nov. 7, 1:30-3 p.m. EST
Speaker: Andrew Zech, Director of The Advisory Board Company
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will discuss what your front office team should be doing to maximize both patient and payer collections. For most organizations, submitting, retrieving and tracking authorizations involves complex, manual processes and a huge outlay of human resources, yet authorization errors remain a significant cause of initial denials. The average hospital writes off over $5 million, or 1 percent of net patient revenue in pre-certification denials. Best practice organizations write off less than $1 million, and a critical factor in their success is electronic automation, eliminating the need for constant manual back office work.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Oct. 24. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Oct. 31.
Click here to download the full description and registration form.
Everyone earns 3 CEU's for attending.
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Tips for improving radiology billing and coding
Diagnostic Imaging
For radiologists, the process of billing and coding is often viewed as cumbersome. It can be, at best, difficult to remain up to-date on all the regulations and individual payer changes — let alone understand them. Yet it's imperative for the practice to thrive. The following are five tips to help radiologists keep their billing and coding processes on track, so they can receive the payment they are entitled to and concentrate on their passion.More

How to sell staffers on change, big and small
American Medical News
Change. Nobody likes it, but managing it has become an even more important issue for medical practices in the age of health system reform. The potential chaos of making a change, however, does not have to irritate employees, reduce productivity or increase turnover.More

3 big trends for the EHR cloud
Healthcare IT News
A recent MarketsandMarkets report forecasts cloud computing in healthcare to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.5 percent from 2012 to 2017. Although cloud computing offers significant advantages to healthcare organizations and other stakeholders, security of patient information, interoperability and compliance with government regulations are some of the factors that are slowing down the market, according to the report.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. This is another supplement to our campaign encouraging them to support the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance! Working through Paul in Washington, we have gained recognition for our work on this! Let's keep it moving! Thank you for your continued support and participation.More

How CBOs may help shrink readmissions
HealthLeaders Media
When hospital leaders realized they'll endure cuts of up to 1 percent from their Medicare reimbursement for higher rates of 30-day readmissions starting next month, many complained. What brings discharged patients back to their facilities most often is largely outside their control, they said. More

5 tips to avoid issues between hospital boards during a transaction
Becker's Hospital Review
Many times when a merger or acquisition is announced, a hospital and/or health system's board of trustees or board of governors is behind the deal. If not directing the deal, the board's members are informed and involved in the transaction. There may not always be perfect harmony between two or more boards when working toward a transaction, and there may be disagreements on any number of issues whether because a board has a historical way of operating or because some members hold very strong opinions. When more than one board is involved, issues that are often resolved easily can become barriers. More