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2011 Annual National Institute
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SAVE THE DATE! The 2011 ANI will be Oct. 5-7 at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Online Registration is now open. You can register online or download a printable version of the Registration Brochure at

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AAHAM Webinar: 5010 — 5 top things every revenue cycle director needs to know
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When: Aug. 24 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: David Dyke, Vice-President Revenue Cycle Solutions at Relay Health
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will provide information on the 5010 of the X12 HIPAA transaction standard. By January 2012, Health and Human Services mandates provider organizations migrate to version 5010 of the X12 HIPAA transaction standard. Providers will be responsible for identifying the systems, software and staff preparation needed for this transition.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Aug. 12. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Aug. 17.

Dealing with insurers costly for US practices
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Medical practices in the U.S. spend nearly four times as many hours a week dealing with insurers than do practices in Canada, at nearly four times the cost, researchers found. U.S. doctors spend only about one hour more each week interacting personally with health plans than their neighbors to the north, but practice staffers in the U.S. spend nearly 10 times more hours dealing with insurance companies than do the staff of Canadian practices, according to a report. More

Coordination key to ICD-10 switch
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One of the keys to a successful transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is coordination, both within the hospital and outside the hospital. The pervasiveness of the code sets, from physicians' documentation to coders' sending claims to insurance companies, means healthcare leaders need to take a broad approach to this major shift in how diagnoses are recorded and categorized. Tracey Mayberry, partner at CSC Healthcare Group, explains how ICD-10 will require unprecedented levels of coordination within the healthcare industry. More

AAHAM Webinar: Provider-based criteria and rural health clinic billing
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When: Sept. 14 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Charles A. James Jr., MBA, president & CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services
Program Focus: This intermediate/advanced level session will provide an overview of the criteria and process for designating a clinic as provider-based. The basic components of billing as a provider-based rural health clinic will be also be presented.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Sept. 2. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 9.

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of hospitalist care
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Compared with those treated by their primary care physicians, hospitalist patients are more likely to visit an ED and be readmitted. The proportion of inpatient care provided by hospitalists has more than quadrupled since 1995, and many studies have found that patients cared for by hospitalists go home sooner than those who receive hospital care from their primary care physicians. Shorter lengths of stay save hospitals money and could be a sign of higher-quality care, but a new study sheds light on how hospitalist-treated patients fare after they are discharged. More

ERs move to speed care; not everyone needs a bed
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Hospitals are tackling a dangerous and costly side effect of emergency-room overcrowding and long wait times: the growing number of patients who get fed up and leave without treatment. To speed patients through the system, emergency rooms are adopting so-called lean-management principles to increase efficiency, cut costs and provide better service. More

Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

Implementation versus code set training
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The transition to ICD-10 will be a large undertaking for every practice across the United States. The anticipation of the unknown has many people frightened. The new coding system is sure to bring many challenges and confusion. The confusion mostly seems to revolve around what a practice should be doing now to ensure successful and timely implementation of ICD-10. There are many options available on the market for ICD-10 training, and it is important to understand the differences in all the options that are currently available. More

Will ACOs create a revolution in American healthcare?
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A model of care that doesn't stop when a patient leaves the hospital is one of the new ideas now shaping America's healthcare future. At present, providers are paid on an à la carte basis — each test, each hospital admission is paid individually. The more tests, the more hospitalizations, the higher the pay for providers. That will change starting next year, when the healthcare reform act will start to favor groups of hospitals, doctors and others who band together into accountable care organizations that will be rewarded for good outcomes of patients and penalized for bad outcomes. More

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