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HHS announces ICD-10 delay
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The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a one-year delay in its deadline for implementing the new ICD-10 diagnosis coding system. In a fact sheet announcing a proposed rule that sets a deadline of Oct. 1, 2014 to comply with the ICD-10 system, HHS noted that "some provider groups have expressed serious concerns about their ability to meet the Oct. 1, 2013 compliance date." Their concerns were partly based on difficulties with implementing a new standardized health claims form, known as Version 5010, for electronic health transactions. Providers need to implement Version 5010 before they can start using ICD-10. More

AAHAM 2012 Member Scholarship
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AAHAM offers scholarship opportunities for members and children of our members. The application can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Moayad Zahralddin at The application deadline is May 31.

Critics say ICD-10 delay doesn't address procedural hurdles
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The federal government's proposed rule that would delay for one year the implementation date for ICD-10 buys providers more time but does nothing to address underlying procedural problems that could wreak havoc when the diagnostic code set eventual goes live, one observer says. More

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Data breaches of small businesses, including doctor offices, on the rise
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Small organizations, including physician practices, represented the largest number of data breaches in 2011, according to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report. One of the reasons breaches at small healthcare organizations are on the rise is that automated attacks searching for remote Internet access services combined with weak passwords "were successful against smaller healthcare businesses, such as physicians' offices and clinics," said Marc Spitler, senior risk analyst of RISK Intelligence for Verizon. More

New AAHAM Logo Store open
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SocialMed: Patients 'blue book' healthcare
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With the rise of high-deductible plans and growing out-of-pocket costs, more patients are doing comparison shopping with their healthcare, the way they do with electronics, cars, and other products and services. Just as patients have been comparing doctor ratings on and, now they can compare the costs associated with those providers and procedures as well. Sites like,, and allow patients to see various medical procedure costs side-by-side. The recently launched enables comparison-shopping, but also offers users a chance to earn money to pay those bills. More

Longer length of stay can cut readmissions
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Despite initiatives to shorten length of stay, new research indicates the longer a patient is in the hospital, the risk of the patient readmitting goes down, heartwire reported. Researchers attribute the correlations between longer length of stay and reduced readmissions to extra care during those additional days in the hospital. More

MedPAC says fee-for-service model hinders care coordination
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has found through an analysis of pilot projects what is already widely known — that the current fee-for-service model does not promote the teamwork and flexibility needed to coordinate care to improve patient outcomes. The fragmented delivery of care and the number of providers involved in a patient's episode of care erects barriers to be able to effectively coordinate care. MedPAC wants to develop recommendations for payment incentives to encourage innovation to achieve better patient results. More

Save the date: 2012 ANI
The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Why hospitals should treat you like a kid
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ABC News reached out to hospitals across the country to find out how they are working to improve patients' experiences. Improving patient experience is moving beyond simply instituting new hospital policies. Many hospitals are literally paving the way to let loved ones stay by a patient's side. New hospital construction is increasingly focused on patient privacy and accommodations for patients and their families. More

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