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January - February 2009 •
Volume 14, Issue 1

Message from the President
Randal Roat, CHBME
Happy New Year! Hopefully your holiday season was filled with joy and you return recharged for 2009! If any of you are blessed with a teen-ager, as I am, then you’ll know about “texting.” By osmosis, I’ve learned BFF (Best Friend Forever), LOL (Laugh Out Loud) and a few others. Click for more

The State of the Industry (Part 1 of 2)
Five Industry Leaders Discuss the Present and Future of the Physician Revenue-Cycle Management Industry
By Ted Stack
I am sure most of the industry feels that 2008 was a bit of a roller coaster ride—a slow rise to the peak of good times quickly followed by a freefall into the dismal reality of a recession. At the end we all felt out of breath trying to re-live every moment of anticipation, fear, and ultimately, survival. Click for more

The State of the Industry (Part 2 of 2)
Five Industry Leaders Discuss the Present and Future of the Physician Revenue-Cycle Management Industry
By Ted Stack
Q: What do you think will have the biggest impact on the business in the next three years? Click for more

HBMA Welcomes New and Continuing Leadership
Meet the New Officers, Board, and Committee Chairs
Billing Editors
HBMA’s Officers and Board of Directors are hard-working individuals dedicated to advancing the mission of HBMA and to providing members with value for their membership. Click for more

Performance Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Three Internal Reviews to Improve Client Perception
By Maureen Brooks
The red light is flashing on your phone. The receptionist has just announced to you that Dr. Jones is on line one. You instinctively look at your watch, then the date. He has received his month-end reports. It is lunch time, his office is closed to patients, and he has two hours before his next patient arrives. Your mind goes blank, then a cold fog begins to creep over you. Click for more

Focus on Risk
Compliance and the 2009 OIG Work Plan
By Cindy M. Pittmon, CHBME
The mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to protect the program integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In fulfilling that mission, the OIG must conduct and supervise audits and investigations; prevent and detect fraud and abuse; promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and inform HHS and Congress about deficiencies and problems. Click for more

Help for Your Cardiology Clients
New 2009 Codes for Heart Device Checks
By Jackie Miller, RHIA, CPC, PCS
The codes for pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICDs) checks have been completely overhauled for 2009. Your cardiology clients may need your assistance with the transition, as the new codes and billing guidelines are very different from the earlier ones. Click for more

Good Year or Bad—It’s Up to You
A Look Back and a Look Ahead
By David F. Jakielo, CHBME
Another year has come and gone and if you are reading this you have obviously survived the year’s challenges. However, I trust that you more than just survived; I hope you actually thrived. Click for more

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