AAHAM webinar: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
Topic: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
When: June 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Chuck Duncan, CEO, CTO, Healthcare Revenue Strategies, LLC
Program Focus: This advanced level session will discuss the seven key components to building a successful denial management program within a healthcare organization.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before June 1. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by June 6.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.
*Attendees will receive three CEUs.
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Whether you are planning to take 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:
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*Revenue Cycle Management: Held on Sept. 7
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If you're interested in becoming a member of AAHAM, please contact Membership Director Moayad Zahralddin at 703-281-4043, ext. 202, or firstname.lastname@example.org.