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Make your plans for ANI 2012!
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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 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.

Hospitals add in-house pharmacies to cut readmissions
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With about 20 to 30 percent of prescriptions never filled, more hospitals are hopping on the trend to offer pharmacies in-house. In fact, 35 percent of the 5,000 hospitals in the country have at least one pharmacy aimed at patients being discharged to make sure they get their medications and stay on track, according to Doug Scheckelhoff, vice president of professional development for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists in Bethesda, Md. More

Bundled pricing: Getting physician buy-in
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The healthcare industry has reached a point where all four of the key constituent groups (providers, physicians, payors and patients) have significant economic concerns — providers and physicians about their revenues, and payors and patients about the affordability of care. As a result, concepts like "bundled pricing" — which seek to realign incentives toward better healthcare quality at lower cost — are gaining momentum. More

Let Us Help You Put the Pieces Back Together

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Hospital location, staff skill boost EMR savings
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It's confirmed. Electronic medical records can indeed yield marked savings for hospitals, according to a new study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University that finds these savings depend on both the IT prowess of hospital staff and the institution's proximity to IT-dense locations. The study addresses the debate between two schools of thought regarding EMRs: those who claim the systems can save hospitals money in the long run, and those who hypothesize they end up costing more money in the long run. It turns out, both may be right. More

Stop ignoring low quality ratings
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What should hospital leaders do when quality or patient safety scores don't look good? One healthcare facility spread the message that it takes scoring seriously, and launched a number of programs to improve its ratings. 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

AAHAM webinar: Certified Compliance Technician Exam Preparation
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Topic: Certified Compliance Technician (CCT) Exam Preparation
When: Oct. 3, 1:30-3 p.m. EST
Speakers: Brenda Chambers, CPAM, CCAM, CHFP and Linda McLaughlin, CPAM
Program Focus: This basic/intermediate level session has been developed by the AAHAM Technical Certification committee to assist individuals in preparing for the AAHAM CCT exam. This webinar will cover compliance topics you will need to know when taking the AAHAM CCT exam or the Federal Rules and Regulations section of the AAHAM CPAT/CCAT exam.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Sep. 19. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 26.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

Nurses challenged to ask for their own medical records
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The Alliance for Nursing Informatics and American Nurses Association have teamed with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to encourage nurses across the nation to ask for a copy their own electronic health records. In doing so, nurses will become more aware of their rights to their own health information and can share the experience with patients and families. The goal of the initiative is to increase patient use of personal health records and patients from 10 to 25 percent during the next two years. 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 another supplement to our campaign encouraging them to support the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance! Working through Paul in Washington, we have gained recognition for our work on this! Let's keep it moving! Thank you for your continued support and participation.

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4 strategies to boost hospitals' HCAHPS scores
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Hospitals' scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey are becoming increasingly important for hospitals to maintain market share and avoid losing reimbursement. Under the value-based purchasing program, hospitals could be financially penalized for low HCAHPS scores. In addition, hospitals' increased transparency and patients' greater involvement in choosing their hospital will force hospitals to provide a positive experience to attract patients. The following are four strategies hospitals can use to increase HCAHPS scores. More

Report: About 30 cents of every healthcare dollar wasted — US can cut costs without rationing
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The U.S. healthcare system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine recently said in a report. The counter-intuitive finding from the report is that deep cuts are possible without rationing, and a leaner system may even produce better quality. 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.

The great Medicare cost-control experiment begins
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In President Barack Obama administration's effort to transform the American healthcare system, perhaps the biggest challenge is whether Obamacare can reign in costs without sacrificing quality. After two years of deliberation, the experiment is about to begin. The concept is simple enough: Give hospitals financial incentives to improve the quality of care. More

Doctors can't challenge Medicare audits, appeals court rules
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Health professionals cannot challenge auditors' decisions to review Medicare claims that are more than a year old, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Federal rules do not allow an administrative or judicial remedy through which doctors can fight the reopening of such cases, the court said. More

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