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Some medical practices move to monthly membership fees for patients
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Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which makes doctors and patients alike unhappy and increases costs. Now, some medical practices are sidelining health insurers entirely, instead charging patients a moderate membership fee each month. The approach gets a nod in the health overhaul law. But not everyone agrees it's the right way to go. More



It's not too late to join your AAHAM peers in Washington for Legislative Day 2011
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There is still time to register for this important event! Our program is designed to maximize your time in Washington, D.C. Not only will you hear from key government speakers and meet with senators, representatives and their staffs, you may also have the opportunity to sit in on important hearings, see the House in session or visit the Supreme Court. This is a tremendous opportunity to become involved at the grassroots level. Only minimal time away from the office is required as you can arrive in Washington on Wednesday, March 30, and return home Thursday evening. Remember, your participation ensures a future for your organization or your company as well as providing you with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of your personal healthcare needs and expectations. Check out our Leg Day video series at AAHAM's YouTube Channel or click here to download the Leg Day brochure.

Improving health literacy will decrease hospital readmissions, costs
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A relentless problem plaguing the U.S. healthcare system is Americans' poor health literacy. But under health reform, measures to improve patients' ability to obtain, understand and use health information are expected decrease costly hospital readmissions and complications. More

HIPAA 5010 puts providers in IT triage
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Like most CIOs who run county hospitals, Don Johnston's cupboard is not overflowing with IT resources. He has a dozen IT staff supported by a combined annual operating and capital budget of about $2.5 million. And right now, Johnston is staring at a battery of looming deadlines that will significantly tap his information resources. More

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HHS opens door to Medicaid eligibility cuts
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A push by Arizona to reduce its Medicaid coverage to help plug massive budget deficits recently received a nod from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The acknowledgment soon was followed by new HHS advice to all states on how they might dial back on their Medicaid coverage to help tackle budget crises without violating federal law. More

Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

Billions at stake as medical records go digital
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For years, electronic health records have been promoted as a way to lower costs and enhance patient care. Over the next months, billions of federal dollars will flow to doctors and hospitals to help them install the latest technology. More

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AMA to ONC: EHR program doesn't work for docs
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Many physicians — specialists in particular — will not participate in the federal electronic health-record adoption incentive program because it requires them to include patient data that they do not otherwise collect, according to a letter from 39 medical organizations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. More

6 states to get HHS grants for setting up online insurance exchange models
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Six states and a New England organization will receive $241 million in "early innovator" grants to develop the technology Americans will use to purchase insurance through exchanges operated by states. Kansas, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin and a multi-state consortium of individuals and businesses led by the University of Massachusetts Medical School will share the funds. The groups will build the consumer interfaces and other online technology that individuals will use to access the health insurance exchanges mandated by the national health system reform law. More



AMA welcomes court decision supporting new law clarifying red flags rule
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A federal appeals court has issued a decision that further validates the American Medical Association's long-standing argument to the Federal Trade Commission that physicians who bill after rendering services are not subject to the red flags rule as creditors. According to the court's opinion, the FTC's assertion that the term "creditor," as used in the red flags rule and the FACT Act, includes "all entities that regularly permit deferred payments for goods or services," including professionals "such as lawyers or healthcare providers, who bill their clients after services are rendered" is no longer viable. More

Insurance companies' leap into HIE field will change health IT
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Health plans are preparing for a change in their business models by investing in health IT firms that will get them more involved in the clinical work flow of providers, according to participants at the recent HIMSS11 conference. More

Survey shows how hospitals' IT uses compare to patients'
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Hospital executives and patients agree that healthcare needs a revamp, and they're looking to information technology to make that happen, according to a recent survey. But when it comes to their technology desires and concerns, there are some differences. More
 
 
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