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Early bird registration for 2012 ANI ends AUG. 10!
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The 2012 ANI will be held Oct. 17-19 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. This year's theme is "Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes ... Taking Your Revenue Cycle to New Altitudes." The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 10! The registration brochure is now available to be downloaded and online registration is now open. It's never too early to make your hotel reservations! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is Sept. 17. For reservations please call (888) 421-1442 or click here.

Last day to sign up! 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.

Physicians seeing patient visits rebound in 2012
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Reports from insurers, consultants and analysts that track patient volume across the country show that patients returned in greater numbers to their doctors' offices in early 2012 after years of recession-driven declines in the rates of physician visits. More

Let Us Help You Put the Pieces Back Together

Hospitals buy medical practices. Operational and Financial improvements tend to be an elusive goal. These goals can be met with Kohler HealthCare Consulting applying experience and knowledge to gain the desired results. KHC understands medical practices and hospitals and works to create collaborative solutions. MORE

ICD-10 or ICD-11? The dilemma behind both coding systems
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When it comes to ICD-10 and ICD-11, there are generally two camps. There are those that believe ICD-10 is a necessary coding step to take, and all hospitals and providers should make the steady progress toward its adoption. There are also those that believe ICD-10 should be skipped for ICD-11, which the rest of the world is preparing for. More

Doctors craft new business model to offer better care without hefty charges
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The medical care market is increasingly becoming like the real estate market: You get what you pay for. With a growing number of patients in need of more attention from doctors and an easier experience getting the care they need, clinics nationwide are aiming to bridge the gap between expensive concierge care and lost-in-the-shuffle treatment. More

AAHAM webinar: Predictive Modeling for Revenue Cycles — How to Get More For Your Efforts
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Topic: Predictive Modeling for Revenue Cycles: How to Get More For Your Efforts
When: Sept. 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Neil Smithson, Managing Member of PARO Decision Support, LLC and Steven Levin, CEO of Connance, Inc.
Program Focus: This intermediate level session is designed to give you an understanding of how predictive modeling and scoring can impact revenue cycle outcomes.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 29. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 5.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

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The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors, covering 55 subspecialties, work with medical groups, faculty practice plans, integrated health systems, imaging centers, specialty/surgical hospitals, ASCs, and specialty areas of acute care hospitals across the country. All coders/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of single specialty experience. We invite you to take advantage of our free coding review offer by contacting Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or at

Hospitals opting for palliative care
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Palliative care is among the least understood service lines, not only among patients, but also among hospital staff, including physicians and nurses. One reason this service confuses some medical staff is because palliative care is designed to help the chronically ill, but not necessarily the terminally ill. More

US probes HCA hospital billing, heart procedures
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U.S. authorities are probing whether heart procedures performed at HCA hospitals were medically necessary and are investigating the company's billing practices, the company has said. The review includes ICD billing and medical records at 95 of the company's 163 hospitals from October 2003 to the present. More

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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

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.

ICD-10 implementation could force more change than expected
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Shortsighted or not, there are physicians and medical coders who just want a simple way to generate an ICD-10 code and send it to the health plans. And they will be willing to sacrifice features and benefits for just good enough. As long as it doesn't compromise patient safety, clinicians will be willing to sacrifice financial risk modeling. 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.

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

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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