AAHAM audio conferences/webinars
Topic: Effective Telephone Techniques
When: Jan. 25, 2012, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Amy Repman, CHAA, Director of Access at WellSpan Health
Program Focus: This beginner level session will provide useful tips and techniques for communicating over the phone.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Jan. 11, 2012. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Jan. 18, 2012.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.
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12 ways to supercharge your practice in 2012
Manage My Practice Share
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Top 12 healthcare buzzwords for 2012
HealthLeaders Media Share
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Physicians Practice Share
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8 key issues for population health management in 2012
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MGMA calls for HIPAA 5010 contingency plan
Health Data Management Share
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