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Healthcare increasingly out of reach for millions of Americans
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Tens of millions of adults under 65 — both those with insurance and those without — saw their access to healthcare dramatically worsen over the past decade, according to a new study. The findings suggest more privately insured Americans are delaying treatment due to rising out-of-pocket costs, while safety net programs for the poor and uninsured are failing to keep up with demand for care. More

$100,000 HIPAA fine to send message to small physician practices
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In announcing a resolution settlement with a cardiac surgery practice, the Dept. of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights issued a warning to doctors: No matter the size of your practice, you will be held accountable for HIPAA violations. More

Hospital ED wait times reveal huge variations
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Hospital leaders who believe their emergency room patients' wait times compare well with competitors may have to rethink those assumptions now that two ED wait time quality metrics are posted on the Hospital Compare website. The times for the 74 hospitals — the first to volunteer their data — show wide variation across the country. More

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AAHAM 2012 Member Scholarship
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AAHAM offers scholarship opportunities for members and children of our members. The application can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Moayad Zahralddin at The application deadline is May 31. More

Patients' fear of being 'difficult' may hurt care
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A new study shows that patients often defer to their doctors for fear of being labeled "difficult." But patients who take that approach can hinder their ability to fully participate in decisions about their health, according to the study. More

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Vermont, Minnesota test health delivery, payment reforms
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Each state may have a health improvement strategy all its own. But some are already harnessing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to both establish health insurance exchanges and to drive healthcare delivery and payment reforms to the extent that their legislatures enable them; Vermont and Minnesota among those. More

7 steps to navigate payment allocation under ACOs
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The question of how to allocate payments in an ACO is one of the most difficult questions facing healthcare leaders. Here are seven steps to follow when deciding how to share payments fairly while maintaining a profit. More

Save the date: 2012 ANI
"Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes...Taking Your Revenue Cycle to New Altitudes"

The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Call for nominations for the Bill Spare Award
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The Bill Spare National AAHAM Recognition Award is presented to a National AAHAM member to acknowledge and honor significant, commendable and longstanding contributions to the AAHAM organization. The award is named in honor of Bill Spare, CPAM, who served as the National AAHAM president from 1996-1998. Spare demonstrated integrity and leadership in every role he served within the organization and provided support and encouragement for so many of its members. You may download the nomination form by clicking here. The nomination deadline is July 31.

What Hospitals May Not Know About
Consumer Credit Law

(And How It Can Hurt Them)  June 5th, 2012

By offering financing options to patients, providers may be unknowingly exposing themselves to substantial liability. Join us for this important webinar to explain the new consumer finance environment and highlight potential risks. REGISTER

6 reasons to manage and archive your social media
Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social media's use in healthcare is without a doubt growing. But as organizations learn how to leverage these tools, a recent whitepaper by Osterman Research makes clear organizations also need plans in place to both manage and archive their social media use. The report describes six reasons organizations should consider managing and archiving their social media. More

Telemonitored patients show no drop in readmissions and ED visits
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Daily remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions appears to be ineffective in reducing rehospitalizations and emergency department visits, according to the most recent randomized controlled trial of the technology. More research is needed on how to make the best use of the clinical information collected through telemonitoring, experts say. More

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Chapter Excellence and Journal Award applications
Applications for the 2012 Chapter Excellence and Journal Awards are now available. You may download both applications by clicking here. The Application Deadline for each award is July 31.

New AAHAM Logo Store open
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The new AAHAM Logo Store is now open. We have lots of great wearable merchandise at affordable prices, all with the AAHAM logo on it. We have sweatshirts, T-shirts, vests and even baby clothes for the youngest AAHAM fans. More

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