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10 things you didn't know were in the Affordable Care Act
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So you think the Supreme Court upheld a law that requires most people to buy health insurance? That's only part of it. The measure's hundreds of pages touch on a variety of issues and initiatives that have, for the most part, remained under the public's radar. Here's a sampling. 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 to encourage them to co-sponsor the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance. We are pushing for a companion bill to H.R. 3035, which would amend the TCPA to provide parity in the protections and options accorded to landlines and wireless numbers and to allow healthcare providers and their agents to contact consumers at any number provided to them. The TCPA needs to keep pace with the rate at which technology is changing and how it is being used by businesses and consumers. More

How to avoid turning over patient accounts to a collection agency
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Sending patients' overdue bills to a collection agency can be bad for a physician's reputation and may not gain the practice that much financially. The goal, say many practice managers and medical practice consultants, is to have patients pay their bills and reduce the chance that a collection agency will be needed to get that accomplished. The key is to have good billing practices up front, educate patients about what they owe and why, and ensure demographic information is correct in the system. More

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Bad forms
Health Data Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Compared with most hospitals, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is highly sophisticated in its use of information technology. But its complex document management operation reflects a greater industry challenge — coping with a staggering amount of information needed to inform patient care and facilitate the billing thereof. Many of these documents, such as EOBs, advance directives and referral requests, originate outside the walls of a hospital. But even within those confines reside numerous forms and records beyond the reach of advanced EHRs. More

Is your technology ready for ICD-10?
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A seismic shift affecting all U.S. healthcare organizations is rapidly approaching. As of Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-9 will be history as HHS will require the use of ICD-10 for medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding. Simply put, noncompliance will result in the organization no longer being able to bill for services. On the flip side, compliance will produce significant rewards for healthcare organizations, including improvements in medical management, claims processing, research and other core business processes. More

Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or

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.

What Hospitals
May Not Know About
Consumer Credit Law

(And How It Can Hurt Them)  June 24th, 2012

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Reducing admissions from the ED saves more than diverting non-urgent visits
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Hospitals and health systems have been trying to curb non-urgent visits to the emergency department; however, researchers say that approach will save far fewer healthcare dollars than reducing hospital admissions for patients already in the ED, according to a paper published in "Annals of Emergency Medicine." More

AAHAM webinar: ICD-10 Implementation – An Advanced Dialogue
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Topic: A Common Sense Approach To Denial Management
When: Aug. 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Janet Hodgdon, CPA, CPC; Laurie Desjardins, CPC-I, PCS and Ilona Romanenko of Baker Newman Noyes
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will discuss ICD-10 implementation with regards to patient access, billing and collections from the perspective of finance, coding, reimbursement and technology.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 8. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Aug. 15.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

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 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. For reservations, please call (888) 421-1442 or click here.

Reducing readmissions from long-term care
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LTC facilities are a leading source of hospital readmissions in the United States. According to the Congressional Research Service, major factors include poor communication at discharge and inadequate follow-up care by LTC providers. Under traditional fee-for-service payment systems, poor post-acute care did not affect hospital revenue. But as Medicare phases in readmission penalties for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, and as other payers launch bundled payments, hospitals will have a financial stake in the care patients receive in LTC facilities. More

Medicare previews pay increases and cuts for 2013
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The Medicare program would pay doctors to coordinate patient care following a discharge from a hospital starting in 2013, according to a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While the proposed fee schedule moves toward improving care coordination in Medicare, CMS also outlined a series of cuts to pay rates next year over which the agency has less control. More

2012 Patient Account Management Week – October 15-20
This year's theme is "Feel The Strength," which addresses recognition of the exemplary work that is conducted by healthcare administrative management teams in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare related industries.

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

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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