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HIMSS: Develop an ICD-10 risk assessment RFP
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Developing a request for proposal is as complex a challenge as developing the response to an RFP. This is especially true when buyers are creating the RFP for a service or offering that is new in the market. We see this situation playing out in the ICD-10 space where providers are looking for ICD-10 financial risk assessment services as a precursor or part of their overall assessment activities. 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.

Are your healthcare social media policies ready for a HIPAA audit?
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Health care social media is emerging as a preferred method of communication between some patients — especially younger ones — and their providers, but without privacy and security plans in place, the use of such tools might make doctors and hospitals run afoul of federal compliance laws. 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

EHR implementation: How common blunders can alienate your patients
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Many practices are adopting an EHR for the first time, with various surveys finding 70-80 percent putting in systems, double the rate of three years ago. Almost every health IT implementation comes with hurdles and blunders. It can be frustrating when blunders affect the patient experience, but many are common and can be prevented by learning from the mistakes of other physicians. Many of the common blunders can be linked to how the technology is implemented and how it is used. "For the most part, the technology works," said Amit Trivedi, healthcare programs manager for ICSA Labs, a technology testing and certification organization. "It's getting people to work with the technology that is more difficult." 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

7 things medical billers should do to increase revenue
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Today's healthcare industry is full of ever-changing laws, regulations, guidelines and payer policies making medical billing extremely challenging. Cash flow is vital to the success of any organization, so completing the billing process in a timely and efficient manner means submitting claims correctly and receiving proper reimbursement. More

New system for patients to report medical mistakes
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The Obama administration wants consumers to report medical mistakes and unsafe practices by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others who provide treatment. Hospitals say they are receptive to the idea, despite concerns about malpractice liability and possible financial penalties for poor performance. More

Identify and Resolve Denied Claims

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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.

Physicians play key role in stopping health system waste
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To cut down on what it says is a massive amount of waste and inefficiency in healthcare, an Institute of Medicine report is recommending that physicians and other health professionals become part of a "learning" system that uses new clinical support tools and payment models linking performance to patient outcomes, as well as a team approach to care management. 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.

ICD-10 is launching pad for modern technology
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ICD-10 is a topic rarely discussed in the virtual hallways of the health insurance industry. News is floated out into the ether, but not much chatter results. Providers and vendors discuss the topic ad nauseam, but payers are mostly mum when it comes to the impending new technology. And so it was when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officially delayed the timeline for all healthcare organizations to convert to ICD-10. Payers and providers now have until Oct. 1, 2014, to start using the new coding system. But not much discussion of the matter ensued. More

EMRs help doctors document higher Medicare fees
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Electronic medical records, long touted by government officials as a critical tool for cutting healthcare costs, appear to be prompting some doctors and hospitals to bill higher fees to Medicare for treating seniors. More

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