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AAHAM webinar: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
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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.

AMA calls for 2-year delay of ICD-10 enforcement
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Federal officials should delay a deadline to switch to the ICD-10 diagnosis code sets for billing physician services by at least two years instead of one, the American Medical Association said in a recent letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. AMA wants CMS to take more time to evaluate whether an alternative diagnosis code set is more appropriate than a full transition to the roughly 68,000 ICD-10 codes. More

Data trove may shed light on healthcare uncertainties
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How much do hospitals and doctors actually charge insurers for their services? How much and which of those services are privately insured patients using? And, most significantly, what drives changes in healthcare use, costs, and total spending? They are among the most vexing questions in American healthcare. And a recently amassed trove of data from insurance companies could soon shed new light on them. More

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AAHAM 2012 professional certification training webinars
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This summer, AAHAM and top CPAMs & CCAMs coaches will bring back the popular four-part webinar study program for the AAHAM Professional Exams Certified Patient Account Manager & Certified Clinic Account Manager (CPAM/CCAM).

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:
*Patient Access: Held on July 27
*Billing: Held on Aug. 10
*Credit & Collections: Held on Aug. 24
*Revenue Cycle Management: Held on Sept. 7

If you are unable to attend the sessions, CD-Roms of the entire series are available for sale. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

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Mapping out revenue-cycle solutions
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ICD-10 is expected to have significant impact on the revenue cycle. Nearly half of healthcare leaders expect to lose money while shifting to the new system, according to a July 2011 study. An important step to avoid revenue hits is completing a process map that digs into the effect the transition will have on the revenue cycle. The Mayo Clinic, like many other healthcare organizations, is making strides to prepare for the largest overhaul of healthcare codes in the past 30 years. The process — regardless of Health and Human Services' decision to extend the ICD-10 transition deadline to October 2014 — includes a process map of the revenue cycle in the hopes of keeping this project revenue neutral. More

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

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.

3 risks for hospitals avoiding new payment models
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There are several catalysts driving the healthcare industry's push for new payment models, such as the prospect of a more competitive insurance market; clinical integration efforts at hospitals and health systems; and governmental programs like the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement. For a variety of reasons, some hospitals may be hesitant to pursue new payment models. However, avoiding ACOs and bundled and episodic payments may also put hospitals and health systems at a disadvantage. More

Higher prices charged by hospitals, other providers, drove health spending during downturn
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Higher prices charged by hospitals, outpatient centers and other providers drove up healthcare spending at double the rate of inflation during the economic downturn — even as patients consumed less medical care overall, according to a new study. More

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

New York's Hudson Valley employs care managers, IT to cut readmissions
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Like soldiers inserted into the battlefront, an IT-supported pilot program in New York's Hudson Valley has embedded in primary practices a network of nurse care managers who catch patients that fall off physicians' radar to turn around their health status. The care managers take the time that physicians often don't have to get to know patients that have chronic and multiple conditions and require many services, and to understand the support they need. The use of care managers is already showing improved results. More

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. More

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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

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.

If you're interested in becoming a member of AAHAM, please contact Membership Director Moayad Zahralddin at 703-281-4043, ext. 202, or

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