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2012 Legislative Day
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Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. This year's Legislative Day focuses on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. More

AMA offers guide to new payment models
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Physicians across the country are increasingly faced with making the leap to unfamiliar types of payment systems as payers, hospitals and physicians push for an end to fee-for-service payment. The American Medical Association has released an online tool kit to help physicians understand and evaluate their options and plan for a transition to a new payment system. The tool kit is a collection of articles titled "Evaluating and Negotiating Emerging Payment Options" and is free online to all physicians. More

Perfect your collections to increase revenues
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Whether your billing is done in-house or by an outside agency, it's imperative that your office staff be assertive in collecting monies due at patient visits. For the many patients whose insurance coverage is provided by managed care organizations, those monies are usually copayments. In today's healthcare system, the copayment is a large part of the compensation for services rendered, and it offsets a portion of the cost of care. More

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Small-picture approach flips medical economics
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The ACO may strike some critics as a worrying repackaging of the HMO in its earliest incarnations, but there is little doubt that more Americans will be enrolled in these provider groups in the coming years. "ACOs are coming, and it will change the way we pay for healthcare," said Dr. Michael Cryer, national medical director for the employee benefits consultancy Aon Hewitt. "Providers are doing things in a positive way rather than a reactive way. We are seeing the beginnings of a tsunami." More

9 best practices for bundled payment success
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has generally been more attractive to providers than either of its two accountable care programs — the Medicare Shared Savings and Pioneer ACO program. Providers are able to choose target areas where they feel they have an opportunity to reduce length of stay, standardize device usage, reduce readmissions or manage post-acute care more effectively. This CMS initiative may lead to commercial payor interest as well. John Harris, a principal with DGA Partners, says these steps can help applicants design strong bundled payment programs that could win CMS approval. More

5 best practices for HIPAA security
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The risk of protected health information being breached has grown dramatically within the past few years, and to combat the threat, the HIPAA Security Rule was created to provide organizations with administrative, physical and technical guidelines to safeguard their electronic PHI. Here are five best practices for HIPAA security. More

ICD-10 delay: 7 things practices can do with the extra time
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The Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed its intent to push back the Oct. 1, 2013, ICD-10 compliance deadline for certain healthcare entities. However, HHS has not yet specified a new deadline nor defined which entities will be covered by the change, and many physician practices are wondering if they should delay their transition or continue on as planned. Regardless of when the deadline is or who it impacts, it's probably wise to move forward on your ICD-10 preparation. As the industry learned from recent 5010 transition challenges, it's never too early to prepare. Here are seven ways to take advantage of any extra time the delay provides. More

Trends in physician office visits shift as money worries affect behavior
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The economic downturn has kept many cash-strapped patients from seeing their physicians or caused many to delay treatment, research has shown. Studies and reports from doctors provide insight into how patient behavior has been affected by the 2007-09 recession and its slow recovery. More

New healthcare exchange rules issued for states
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The Obama administration has released broad new operating rules for state-run health insurance exchanges, which form a key part of the 2010 federal healthcare reform law that will face landmark Supreme Court hearings in the near future. The long-awaited regulations, released by the Department of Health and Human Services, are intended to provide state lawmakers and officials flexibility on federal deadlines as they meet the complex task of building state and regional insurance markets before a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline. 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.

Readmission more likely for non-surgical patients
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Patients undergoing non-surgical care for chronic or acute conditions were back in the hospital significantly more often than patients initially hospitalized for surgical procedures, a study 30-day readmission rates in 15 large states has revealed. More

New insurer-hospital ACO touts early success
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Illinois' largest hospital system and biggest health insurer agreed in late 2010 to form an accountable care organization, a network in which the organizations would cooperate to boost quality and restrain cost increases, sharing in any savings. The results thus far are inconclusive, but are encouraging evidence, they suggest, that ACOs can help reduce doctor and hospital visits and the use of expensive procedures. More

A payer's advice on ICD-10
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Even against the backdrop of HHS saying it intends to push back ICD-10 compliance, there's no shortage of healthcare entities insisting they will march forward with their conversion plans, aiming to be ready by Oct. 1, 2013 — federally-mandated deadline, or not. More

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