Not e-claim compliant? Expect no pay in 2012
American Medical News Share
On Jan. 1, 2012, if physicians' practice management systems are not up to new standards, they will risk not getting electronic payments from private insurers and Medicare. Despite that possibility, many physicians have not even begun to see if they are compliant with what are known as HIPAA Version 5010 standards. More
AMA identifies Medicare's top regulatory burdens
American Medical News Share
Eliminating various unfunded mandates, restoring Medicare payment for consultation services and better aligning quality incentive programs would reduce the regulatory burden placed upon physician practices, doctors say. The American Medical Association outlined these complaints and more in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More
Healthcare information governance: A new urgency
Health Data Management Share
With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being implemented in stages through 2020, there has never been a more critical need for effective information governance at healthcare organizations in the United States. A powerful information governance program — one that sets forth clear structures, policies, processes and controls for managing data and information as business assets — offers significant benefits to healthcare organizations working to meet the new rules and requirements of healthcare reform. More
Healthcare administration simplification
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
Medicare plans pay cuts for hospitals
MedPage Today Share
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule that would cut Medicare payments to hospitals by nearly $500 million in 2012. That cut is in addition to the $155 billion in reduced payments hospitals will see over the next decade as a result of the Affordable Care Act. More
ONC to fine tune technical guides for standards in stage 2
Government Health IT Share
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT intends to fine tune standards involved in realizing stage 2 meaningful use recommendations and fill in where missing details exist during the next four months. ONC plans to "refresh and reload" adopted certification criteria and new or updated technical descriptions to guide vendors to establish standards, said Dr. Doug Fridsma, ONC director of standards and interoperability. More
Residential Health's med monitoring pilot slashes readmissions
Crain's Detroit Business Share
A pilot project by Residential Home Health LLC that uses remote medical monitoring held hospital readmissions to 3 percent last year for 239 patients with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. National data show that 20 percent of all Medicare patients are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days, and 33 percent are readmitted within 90 days, costing Medicare more than $17 billion annually, according to a 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. More
Call for 2012-2013 AAHAM officer nominations
Nominations are being accepted for our National AAHAM 2012-2013 slate of officers. We are reaching out to all members to submit nominations for the following offices: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations will be accepted through May 4. Submit your nominations to Linda M. Patry, CPAM, AAHAM National Nominating & Voting Chair, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More
AMA launches AMAGINE physician portal
Healthcare IT News Share
Amagine, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Medical Association, has announced that its health information technology solutions platform, AMAGINE, is available to physicians nationwide. The unique platform provides physicians with a single point of access to more than 20 health information technology solutions, knowledge and communication tools and consulting resources to help improve practice efficiency and patient care. More
Should specialists join ACOs?
Becker's Hospital Review Share
As hospitals and large multispecialty group practices gear up for accountable care organizations, procedure-oriented specialists are still trying to figure out their role in them. Most specialists are focused on a particular episode of care, which is not what the ACO is all about. These new models of care emphasize the whole spectrum of healthcare, not just one episode. Everybody agrees, however, that ACOs will need to reach out to specialists and include them in their networks. More
Calculator grades meaningful use before attestation
Health Data Management Share
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now is offering a "Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator" on its electronic health records incentive programs website. The calculator is designed to help eligible professionals and hospitals determine whether they meet all meaningful use objectives and measures before actually going through the attestation process that demonstrates compliance. More
AAHAM Spring 2011 webinar schedule is now available
May 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Richard (Dick) Finnegan, CEO of The Retention Institute, as we present this lively webinar, "The Recession is Over and I Quit." Payment must be received on or before April 29. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 6. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
May 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC, CPCO, Director at IMA Consulting as we present this informative and timely webinar, "ICD-10, Don't Panic, Prepare." Payment must be received on or before May 4. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 13. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
June 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT - Join AAHAM and April Langford, Vice President, Revenue Cycle at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC) as we present this informative and timely webinar, "Automating Patient Access Workflow; A Case Study." Payment must be received on or before May 18. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by May 27. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
Everyone earns three CEUs for attending. Online Member Registration is available at www.aaham.org.