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As 2013 comes to a close, AAHAM would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AAHAM eNewswatch a look at the most accessed exclusive content articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8.




8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
From July 24: The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
From July 31: Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen. "Perfect" payment arrangements are possible if you follow these four easy steps: information gathering, preparation, negotiation and documentation. Let's look at each step in a little more detail.
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ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What's the difference?
By Brooke Andrus
From Oct. 16: If you're a proponent of the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business. After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there's another old saying that goes something like, "You don't know what you're missing until you reach out and touch it." In this case, those still clinging to ICD-9 are completely overlooking the benefits of the new code set — things like improved interoperability, data-sharing, outcomes, and ultimately improved healthcare.
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Everything you need to know about the Medicare 8-minute rule
By Heidi Jannenga
From Nov. 20: Want to know what to bill to Medicare for outpatient therapy services (aka, the 8-minute rule)? First, there are two types of CPT codes you'll need to understand in order to bill properly: service- and time-based. And here's where the 8-minute rule comes in: In order to receive reimbursement from Medicare for a time-based code, you must provide direct treatment for at least eight minutes. The key to correct billing is doing the math.
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Revenue cycle improvement lessons from Methodist Health System
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Last year, Omaha, Neb.-based Methodist Health System decided to create a road map for its ICD-10 adoption process, with the assistance of The Advisory Board Company. In the process, they discovered an opportunity to revamp their front-end revenue cycle management.

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Congress moves closer to changing how Medicare pays doctors
Kaiser Health News
Key House and Senate committees recently approved legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate, the formula officials use to pay doctors who treat Medicare patients. In the following, KHN's Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro's Jennifer Haberkorn discuss.

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8 easy steps to conducting successful, stress-free payments
By Jan Keller
From April 17: Money has a strong emotional tie for all of us. Discussing it, especially when you're the one asking to be paid for something, can be downright stressful. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the best outcome — a "win/win" where both parties feel they have an agreement that is fair and reasonable — is absolutely achievable. In addition, communication regarding fees can actually help build trust in patient relationships, if done correctly. The process that leads to implementing this type of payment arrangement is a straightforward, eight-step process that covers all aspects of the payment arrangement system.
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How ICD-10 implementation affects ED physicians
By Tom Ward, M.D., FACEP
From Nov. 6: Time is precious in the emergency department, where patients arrive unscheduled, the broad scope of medicine is fully encountered and rapid decisions are frequently made — in some cases with great impact on a patient's survival. Adding greater burdens on physicians in this setting is both unproductive and unwise. The transition to ICD-10 may present yet another burden on the ED physician, but picking the right approach for generating ICD-10 codes can make a big difference.
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ACOs, bundles and PCMHs: A trio of innovative payment models
By Brooke Andrus
From Aug. 21: Healthcare innovation isn't just about new techniques and technologies. As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to evolve — and hopefully improve — one of the most important areas of focus is payment models. Let's face it: Medical costs aren't getting any lower, and the system for reimbursement could definitely use some TLC. The following are three innovative payment models that have garnered substantial support among various leaders in the healthcare industry.
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Credit guidelines: The secret weapon to reduce stress and increase collections
By Jan Keller
From April 24: When was the last time you and your team had a meeting to review and collaborate on your expectations regarding collections? If you're like many, the honest answer is "never." No surprise, then, that most administrative team members are frustrated. The doctor wants them to "collect the money" and "make sure the patients pay," but that is the only guidance they are given. The good news is implementing an effective payment system is not difficult, if you follow a few simple rules.
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Price transparency in healthcare — the latest buzzwords
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
From April 3: Unless you're totally oblivious to all forms of media from TV, print or Internet, you've probably heard about the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. One of the main goals of the legislation is to bring down healthcare costs by several means — cutting reimbursements, decreasing the amount insurance companies spend on salaries, etc. One hope of the new law is to decrease costs by increasing competition on healthcare plans. How do they plan to do this? Price transparency, my friend.
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ICD-10-CM from an optimistic coder's perspective
By Elizabeth Morgenroth
From Oct. 30: In my discussions with coders in the past 18 months, I have found that each coder has a reaction to ICD-10-CM as unique as the person expressing it. The emotions associated with ICD-10-CM cover the complete spectrum — from joy to grief, happiness to rage, doubt to certainty. I have experienced each of these emotions, depending on the subject matter and situation.
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