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Medicare to penalize more than 2,000 hospitals for excess readmissions
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More than 2,000 hospitals will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show. Together, these hospitals will forfeit about $280 million in Medicare funds over the next year as the government begins a wide-ranging push to start paying healthcare providers based on the quality of care they provide. More

Make your plans now for 2012 ANI
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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 registration brochure is now available for download 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.

5 steps to help patients understand medical bills
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The business of healthcare is complex and is often not clearly understood by the patient or even by the medical office staff. "It's important to help avoid confusion, empower your staff to educate patients, decrease the time it takes for medical practices to be paid for their services and to create a better overall patient experience," said Terry Douglas, director of brand marketing at, a Web-based medical billing software company. 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 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.

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

Value-added byproducts of a well-executed ICD-10 project
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With a little planning and by expending some additional effort as you progress through your ICD-10 project, your organization can generate intellectual property that will provide additional value both immediately and long after your ICD-10 project has been completed. More

5 reasons HIEs are critical to the success of ACOs
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For hospitals looking to transform into accountable care organizations, the transition can be overwhelming. So much so, says Brent Dover, president at HIE technology company Medicity, that it's basically like becoming a mini insurance company. Here are five reasons HIEs are critical to the success of ACOs. More

Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

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

The disconnect between EHRs and health information exchange
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Billions of dollars have been invested in healthcare technology, such as electronic health record systems, e-prescribing and CPOE, so why are you still having to fax patient records? More

Sick, scared and separated from loved ones
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In 2011, the federal government adopted new rules grounded in evidence that family-centered visiting policies promote quality of care, healthcare efficiency and more positive patient outcomes. The rules recognize that patients have a right to the presence of family members or other support persons, and declare that hospitals must justify their restrictions on visiting. But a report from New York Public Interest Research Group illustrates there are wide variations in how hospitals adhere to these practices. More

Identify and Resolve Denied Claims

Ensure all denials are found and all recoupment opportunities are discovered. Rycan’s Denial Management Module decreases write-offs and improves reimbursement within a single web-based system. 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 July 27
•Billing: Held Aug. 10
•Credit & Collections: Held Aug. 24
•Revenue Cycle Management: Held 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.

Pioneering health reform state enacts cost controls
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A long-awaited bill to restrain health spending and implement new payment reforms in Massachusetts has obtained its final stamp of approval. But while they hailed the inclusion of provisions designed to reduce medical liability lawsuits, physicians and other health care professionals have lingering concerns about how the state will meet the legislation's ambitious cost-containment goals. 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.

Infographic: The high cost of HIPAA violations
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was instituted in order to protect the personal health information held by covered entities, including doctors, pharmacies and health insurance companies. A HIPAA violation can cost an individual or entity millions of dollars in fines and can even land those responsible in prison. This HIPAA infographic details some of the most serious penalties ever dished out by the federal government and breaks down the various fines that are on the table for noncompliance. 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 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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