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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.

Hospitals find solutions for the no-pay self-pay patient
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One of hospitals' most vexing problems is absorbing the cost of care from the uninsured. For years, these patients have been called self-pay, but that term is a misnomer. In most cases, it's code for non-pay. The reasons they don't pay are numerous and complex, but some hospitals and health systems are starting to figure out there's a better way to get reimbursed, one that is less stressful for the patient and more efficient for the provider. More

6 trends in an era of consumer-driven healthcare
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There are a number of trends stemming from a shift toward consumer-driven healthcare. Hospitals that ride the waves of these changes may be in a better position to stay financially sustainable in an era when competitive pricing and patient satisfaction can make or break a hospital's chances of succeeding. More

Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators. This is encouraging them to co-sponsor the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. More

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Fee-for-service medicine on the way out?
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Fee-for-service medical practice is dying, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the entire federal health law, an increasing number of health-business analysts say. The current system — rewarding doctors who run the most tests and operate on the most patients — is inherently inflationary and increases risks to patients, they say. Future rewards will go to doctors who spend their time listening to patients, keeping them healthy and quarterbacking a team of allied health professionals, they predict. More

The best EDs focus on flow
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Among the greatest challenges in the emergency department is improving patient flow, and this comes with a sense of urgency amid deep concerns about patient safety due to overcrowding. In addition, the latest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that healthcare leaders expect worsening ED revenue margins and an increasing volume of uninsured patients. More

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Tips for starting an enterprise information management strategy
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Before a healthcare organization can exchange patient information with another entity, it needs a sound enterprise information management strategy and foundation in place. An EIM strategy includes data governance. Not every healthcare organization, however, has a good data governance program in place. More

Hospitals aren't waiting for verdict on healthcare law
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Win, lose or draw in court, the policies driving the federal healthcare law are already embedded in big cuts and new payment formulas that hospitals ignore at their peril. And even if the law is repealed after the next election, the economic pressure to care differently for more people at lower cost is irreversible. 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
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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

Organized medicine details future of Medicare payment without SGR
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Organized medicine has given Congress proposed solutions for moving past what physicians and policymakers agree is a flawed Medicare payment system by creating opportunities for physicians to participate in new care delivery models. 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.

Survey: Hospitals face $1.6 billion in readmission penalties
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As they work to curb readmission rates and shift toward value-based reimbursement, hospitals are being slapped with big penalties that experts say are only increasing. A recent study from CipherHealth shows a mounting $1.6 billion in HCAHPS and readmission penalties facing hospitals today. More

Health spending to soar by 2037
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Spending on federal healthcare programs will grow from more than 5 percent of gross domestic product today to nearly 10 percent in 2037, according to a recent report issued by the Congressional Budget Office. National healthcare spending also will continue to rise, CBO said in the report. 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.

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

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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