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AAHAM 2011 professional certification training webinars
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Join AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches as we present a four-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager (CPAM/CCAM).

Whether you are planning on taking the CPAM/CCAM exams or just preparing for the future, you will want to sign up for the webinar program. Those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not. We will cover the four parts of the exam in the four-part series:

Patient Access: July 22 – 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Billing: August 5 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Credit & Collections: August 26 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Revenue Cycle Management: September 2 - 1 - 3 p.m. EDT

Download the full description and printable registration form here.
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CMS adopts 2 EDI operating rules
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued an interim final rule to adopt the first two in a series of operating rules that will tighten and make more uniform the HIPAA standards for electronic administrative/financial transactions. Adoption of operating rules between 2013 and 2016 is mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Under the interim final rule being officially published on July 8, CMS adopts the CORE operating rules for the insurance eligibility verification/benefit determination and claim status transactions. More

HIPAA 5010 backup plan chant grows louder
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It's no surprise that the state of the HIPAA 5010 transition is something of a mess. The potential for slowed or even stopped claims reimbursements is understood. And the inevitable ripple effects on health IT are not so clear. With that increasingly louder clock ticking in the back of the healthcare industry's collective head, a logical question arises: As the Jan. 1, 2012 compliance deadline approaches, should providers and the federal government devise contingency plans for HIPAA 5010? More

Doctors in US turning away insured patients on low payments
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U.S. doctors are turning away an increasing number of patients, including those with private insurance, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The drop in doctors willing to take private insurance was caused by low payments for services as well as administrative difficulties, said Dr. Tara Bishop, an assistant professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. 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

Payers assist small providers to re-code for ICD-10
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Payers are on track for the implementation of ICD-10 and do not anticipate problems with processing payments — at least according to Ian Bonnet, vice president leading the ICD-10 rollout at health insurer Wellpoint. Bonnet added that the same cannot be said for providers. Some payers that are ready, and large providers where they can, are helping small healthcare providers prepare for the broad change to avoid obstacles in payment processing when ICD-10 is required. More

AMA to draft model legislation on information exchanges
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There is a need for more research on how to protect patient and physician interests regarding the ownership and use of clinical data sent to and from health information exchanges, according to the AMA House of Delegates. During the Association's Annual Meeting, the house adopted policy calling on the AMA to study the issue and draft model legislation. The policy says model legislation is needed that calls attention to who owns the clinical data and who can access it, and when. More



Study: E-prescribing doesn't slash errors
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Outpatient electronic prescribing systems make the same common mistakes that occur in manual systems, a new study finds. The use of "a computerized prescribing system without comprehensive functionality and processes in place to ensure meaningful use of the system does not decrease medication errors," authors of the study concluded. More

Obama administration offers healthcare cuts as part of budget negotiations
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Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any increases in tax revenues. More

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