AAHAM eNewswatch
Dec. 17, 2014

Are you ready for a HIPAA audit?
Health Data Management
CynergisTek, a health information technology security consultancy, is offering a full-scale mock audit for HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification compliance to prepare covered entities for real audits from the HHS Office for Civil Rights.More

State, federal insurance sites seem ready for late rush
USA Today
The first big Affordable Care Act 2015 open enrollment deadline is here and this time it looks like it won't be a bust. The federal HealthCare.gov website and state sites seem to be working well enough to get people enrolled or re-enrolled by midnight Monday if they want coverage to be effective on Jan. 1. The final deadline for enrollment for coverage in 2015 — and to avoid penalties at tax time in 2016 for not having insurance — is Feb. 15.More

Top 5 concerns for hospital CFOs in 2015
HIT Consultant
Continued meaningful use expenses for EHR, HIE, analytics, portals and mobile apps are hitting today’s hospitals hard as changes in payment models based on patient compliance, pricing transparency, and population health demand even more capital. For chief financial officiers working at hospitals that are struggling financially, the outlook looks increasingly bleak.More

ACA plans setting out-of-pocket spending limits below cap
Healthcare Finance
Consumers shopping on the health insurance marketplaces will find many plans with out-of-pocket spending limits that are lower than the maximums allowed under the health law, according to an analysis by Avalere Health. Seventy-four percent of 2015 silver level plans’ out-of-pocket spending caps are below the $6,600 spending limit allowed for individual plans and $13,200 maximum for family plans, according to Avalere, a consulting firm.More

ONC data shows money is a major motivator for EHR adoption
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a data brief released recently by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and as reported by Healthcare IT News, financial incentives and potential penalties are key motivators for physicians adopting electronic health records since 2009. The brief, based on data from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, details why physicians have chosen to adopt — or not adopt — EHRs.More

Where doctors train may affect whether they practice expensive medicine
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
Doctors who were trained in high-cost areas of the United States may be more likely to practice expensive medicine, a new study suggests. However, that effect gradually decreases over time. Researchers from George Washington University analyzed Medicare claims data from doctors who completed their residencies between 1992 and 2010.More

Top 15 challenges facing physicians in 2015
Medical Economics
As our list of the top 15 challenges for 2015 underlines, physicians will need to navigate some tough obstacles in the coming year. These include the increased costs of operating a practice, time-consuming regulatory burdens, and hassles with getting paid by insurance companies. The pressures are not likely to abate any time soon, thanks to a trifecta of regulatory changes impacting physicians.More

Changing clinical notes through electronic health records
As electronic health records become more or less mandatory, the question moves from how widely they are adopted by practices across the country to whether the new versions are more effective than the old pen-and-paper way of doing business. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association looked at the handwritten and electronic records kept by doctors over a five-year period to see if the move to the digital age helped make a difference in the quality of outpatient notes.More

Upcoming Webinars
Topic: Charge Description and the Revenue Cycle; Putting the Pieces Together
When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Speaker: Catherine (Kate) Clark, CPC, CRCE-I, Vice President of Kohler HealthCare Consulting, Inc.

This timely beginner level webinar will review the strategic, operational, and financial implications of managing the charge description master (CDM). EVERYONE Earns 3 AAHAM CEUs for attending.

Registration deadline: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 14. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 19.

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Topic: Data Mining Your Credit Balances
When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Kathy Sandora, CRCE-I, executive director of Operations for CDR Associates LLC

This timely intermediate level webinar provide information on the magnitude of the problem. Learn new ways to evaluate your credit balances and the impact on your bottom line. The causes of credit balances will be discussed to assist how to analyze the hours and money associated with resolving credit balances.

Registration Deadline: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 9.

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