AAHAM Spring 2011 webinar schedule
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.
HHS: VBP start to 'historic change' in payment
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The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new initiative that will reward hospitals for the quality of care they provide to people with Medicare. The measures to determine quality in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program focus on how closely hospitals follow best clinical practices and are underpinned by the use of health information technology. The program marks the beginning of a historic change in how Medicare pays healthcare providers and facilities, as hospitals will be paid for inpatient acute care services based on quality, not just the quantity of services they provide. More
Last day for 2012-2013 AAHAM officer nominations!
May 4 is the final day to submit nominations for the National AAHAM 2012-2013 slate of officers. We are electing the following offices: President, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary and treasurer. Submit your nominations to Linda M. Patry, CPAM, AAHAM National Nominating & Voting Chair, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACO rules limit patient telehealth options
In formally asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to modify the proposed standards for Accountable Care Organizations, the American Telemedicine Association essentially wants Medicare to treat telehealth services just like any other form of care. The ATA said HHS should waive five current Medicare rules that "contain major, arbitrary barriers to Accountable Care Organizations." More
Bill would require docs in Florida to post prices
More doctors in Florida soon will have to post their prices on a menu board similar to those used at a fast food restaurant, if a new bill becomes law. The Healthcare Price Transparency Act (HB 935), which has passed through the Florida House with a 107-to-7 vote, will require urgent care centers owned by hospitals to post the costs of their 50 most frequently provided medical services on a 15-square-foot sign. In addition, the bill encourages primary care providers to voluntarily post their prices. 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
Doctors, hospitals increasingly enter co-management arrangements
More hospital administrations are entering into co-management agreements that pay physicians to run a specific department to improve its performance, according to Report on Medicare Compliance. Under the arrangement, physicians and the hospital establish and jointly own a limited liability company, which the hospital may contract with to manage a specific service line. The hospital pays the LLC a management fee, which is split between the parties. More
Medicare quality bonuses elude nearly half of reporting doctors
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The Medicare program paid a record $234 million in quality reporting bonuses to doctors in 2009, but participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System has faltered as a large segment of eligible professionals either failed to meet minimum requirements or did not bother with the initiative. More
Rule sets value-based purchasing
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a final rule to establish the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program that will tie acute care Medicare payments to quality of care beginning in fiscal year 2013. CMS estimates that $850 million in Medicare payments to hospitals during fiscal 2013 will be based on meeting a set of quality measures. The size of the value-based payments fund will increase over time as Medicare shifts from payment based on the quantity of services provided to performance-based payments. More
CMS clarifies MU payment processes
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has revised a frequently asked question on its EHR Incentive Programs website, to further clarify the payment process for achieving meaningful use. More
Hospital labor costs inch up in Q1
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Total compensation costs for hospital employees rose 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2011, slightly below the 0.7 percent rise in total compensation costs for all workers in private industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index shows. For the 12-month period ending March 31, total compensation — wages, salaries, and benefits — grew by 2 percent for the hospital sector, which matches the pace of compensation cost growth for all private industry workers for the same period. More
New AMA-MGMA directory helps physicians select management software
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The new standard for electronic claims transactions, HIPAA Version 5010, will be required by Jan. 1, 2012. The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have made the software selection process easier by developing an online directory of software vendors that helps physicians determine whether the vendors' practice management systems are compliant with the 5010 standard. More