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2011 Annual National Institute
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The 2011 ANI will be Oct. 5-7 at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Online Registration is now open; be sure to take advantage of our early bird registration rates! You can register online or download a printable version of the registration brochure here. If you haven't seen our 2011 ANI Web Series, you can see them all at AAHAM's Youtube Channel. More

Practices' clear payment policies let patients know where they stand
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In the same way that good fences make good neighbors, experts say good payment policies that are reasonably enforced mean that physicians and medical practice staff almost never will have to tell a patient "no" because of money. More

Exam room check-out aids convenience, privacy
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Like many other practices, Harbor Primary Care in Baltimore, Md., is trying to acclimatize to new economic realities, which means maximizing the efforts of a limited staff. Trying to recognize where improvements in patient process could be made, one significant change was allowing patients to check out directly from the exam room. More

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CMS puts on steam to meet 5010, ICD-10 deadlines
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All of a sudden, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is putting pressure on the healthcare industry to comply with the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for switching to the HIPAA 5010 transaction set and the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for the changeover to the ICD-10 diagnostic code set. More

Group practice innovators: Investing in success
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Today, hospitals and health systems face the imperative of fundamental change driven by healthcare reform and economic reality. As these institutions struggle to meet numerous government deadlines for large-scale projects — such as implementing the EHR and ICD-10, improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction — some of the greatest innovations in restructuring healthcare delivery are being achieved by the medical group practice. More

2011 Patient Account Management Week will be Oct. 17-23
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This year's theme is "The Feeling of Pride," which addresses recognition of the exemplary work that is conducted by healthcare administrative management teams in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare related industries.

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CMS continues ICD-10 resource rollout
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While many in the industry liken the ICD-10 compliance deadline to flipping a switch, there will be a tricky subset of claims that "span the implementation date." Such claims will be the result of service performed and coded in ICD-9 on or prior to Sept. 30, 2013 combined with care delivered after the Oct. 1, 2013 compliance date — and thus coded as ICD-10. To help providers understand and prepare for those situations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published a guide document. More

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Medical practices work on ways to serve patients and bottom line
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Given fixed Medicare payments and nonnegotiable managed care contracts, it is difficult to move the dial on revenue. So physicians looking to maintain profits often turn to controlling costs. Based on interviews with business-minded doctors, a medical practice can become a cost-efficient machine if managers control human resource expenses, spread out fixed costs as much as possible, exploit information technology and carefully track business metrics. More

5 tips for ICD-10 success
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October 1, 2013 may seem like a long time away, but, as they say, the early bird gets the worm. And in this case, 69,099 worms, or ICD-10 diagnostic codes, warrant an ahead-of-the-game approach to transition. More

Bundled payments for care improvement
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Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 1 deadlines have changed. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative seeks to improve patient care through payment innovation that fosters improved coordination and quality through a patient-centered approach. The CMS Innovation Center is seeking applications for four broadly defined models of care. Three models involve a retrospective bundled payment arrangement, and one model would pay providers prospectively. Through the Bundled Payments initiative, providers have great flexibility in selecting conditions to bundle, developing the healthcare delivery structure, and determining how payments will be allocated among participating providers. More

Group appointments can serve both patients and practices
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Shared medical appointments are a small but growing part of primary care. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 6 percent of family physicians provided at least some care through group appointments in 2005, and that number went up to 13 percent in 2010. Group medical appointments also are a key component of the patient-centered medical home model. So does that mean primary care doctors should start setting up group visits? More

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