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Mobile technologies fuel telehealth advances
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Ever since the first experiments with telemedicine, providers have been taking steps to move healthcare closer to where patients live and work. Now, mobile technology — epitomized by the millions of such apps already downloaded to smartphones, but also appearing in nearly unlimited form factors — is accelerating those steps. More

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.

5 tips for developing a lasting medical staff plan
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Making long-term strategic plans can seem daunting for hospitals and health systems, with reform unfolding and the presidential election looming with an unknown outcome. However, one aspect of strategic planning — medical staff planning — is more essential for hospitals than ever, especially considering the country's growing physician shortage. 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

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 Sept. 19. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Sept. 26.
You may download the full description and printable registration form here.

Will meaningful use spur growth of patient portals?
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Even though the number of practices adopting electronic health record systems is on the rise, the number of practices offering patients the ability to view, print or download their records from an online patient portal has remained consistently low. But soon, physicians planning to collect incentive pay for the second stage of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service'’ meaningful use bonus plans not only have to implement the technology, but also ensure at least 5 percent of their patients use it. 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

Are HIPAA rules unclear on texting protected health information?
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Are vendors of secure text-messaging technology trying to sell people a bridge in Brooklyn, or is there a loophole in the somewhat outdated HIPAA privacy and security regulations that few have taken advantage of? The answer is unclear. More

Key points for healthcare executives when transitioning business models
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How do you go from a traditional business model to one that is based on volume? That's a question being asked a lot these days in the healthcare industry and one that was addressed recently during the Maine chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual meeting. Michael Lincoln, executive vice president of Chicago-based Lillibridge Healthcare Services offers the following five key points healthcare executives should focus on to help them pilot their ships through the rough seas of business transformation. More

Identify and Resolve Denied Claims

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Center investigation suggests costs from upcoding and other abuses likely top $11 billion
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Thousands of doctors and other medical professionals have steadily billed higher rates for treating elderly patients on Medicare over the last decade — adding $11 billion or more to their fees and signaling a possible rise in medical billing abuse, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has found. 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.

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.

Reducing readmissions: It's harder than it looks
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There is an urgent mandate to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Unfortunately, the solution is complex and requires a complete change in how we organize and incentivize our healthcare delivery system, both nationally and locally. The following is a brief inventory of some of the necessary changes that must occur to significantly impact and reduce hospital readmissions. More

The case for improving health data liquidity
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While some disagree on the right approach to transform our healthcare system, most will agree that patients must remain at the core. In order to deliver on the promise of more affordable, convenient care, healthcare decision makers should look at every decision with the patient at the center. To date, progress has been made in a few areas but we still stand removed from a truly patient-centric healthcare system. To meet this objective, more should be done with patient data — from how it moves within the healthcare system, to how it is analyzed and presented. More

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