Educating the Healthcare Industry for Over a Decade, AHC Continues Commitment with Legal Reimbursement Seminar at the 2006 HFMA ANI

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For over ten years, AHC has educated hospitals and health systems nationwide on the issues and strategies surrounding healthcare reimbursement. At the 2006 Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Annual National Institute (HFMA ANI), AHC healthcare attorneys will address approaches healthcare providers can take to apply underutilized recovery methods to increase revenue.

On June 19, 2006 AHC healthcare attorneys, Joseph Partain and Tracy Knowles, will discuss the alternative recovery methods hospitals can explore with third-party payers. Their seminar, "Exploring Alternative Sources of Revenue: A Legal Appeals Workshop", will be presented to attendees at the 2006 HFMA ANI. This event will be held in Orlando, Florida, June 17-21 and will be attended by the healthcare finance industry’s top professionals.

Workshop attendees will learn about topics such as prompt payment penalties, refund demands, and appeal letter components and they will learn ways to maximize revenue when battling claim denials and unauthorized reimbursement reductions. Additional legal reimbursement concepts, including relevant case law and state and federal regulations, will also be discussed. Workshop attendees will receive practical “hand out” material such as state and federal statute outlines, recent court holding summaries, and sample appeal letters.

“Healthcare providers today are faced with an increasing uninsured population and decreasing third-party-payer and government reimbursement,” says Vice President and Senior Attorney Tracy Knowles. “Because of the challenges created when these two scenarios converge, providers must explore alternative sources of revenue to fight a sluggish revenue cycle. Our seminar will be of great value and interest to anyone in the hospital finance market looking to improve their bottom line.”

In 2005, AHC maintained their educational commitment to the healthcare industry by conducting almost 200 on-site healthcare reimbursement workshops. Both Joseph Partain and Tracy Knowles received HFMA’s “Distinguished Speaker” recognition for their presentation at the 2005 HFMA Annual National Institute (ANI). Parties interested in learning more about a complimentary workshop for their hospital business office may contact AHC at (888)511-7901.

About the Speakers

Tracy Knowles is an attorney and Senior Vice President with AHC, Inc. With clients from for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, religiously sponsored organizations, teaching facilities, and multi-hospital systems operating in a Central Business Office environment, her expertise is in hospital third-party reimbursement challenges, ranging from high volume, “global issue” account follow-up to single claim litigation. Her experience includes complex COBRA claims, coverage termination appeals, front-end and collection staff training, and detailed business office assessments. Ms. Knowles speaks extensively on healthcare-related issues at national and regional conferences in addition to speaking on-site at hospital systems nationwide.

As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AHC, Inc., Joseph Partain is responsible for the daily management and oversight of AHC's Legal Department. Mr. Partain is responsible for high dollar insurance recovery and negotiated resolution of disputed cases, as well as management of local counsel in litigation cases. He directs and coordinates accounts in litigation, including handling pre-litigation actions, third-party liability, and receivership accounts, as well as other industrial and commercial accounts and special projects.

About AHC

AHC Healthcare Receivables Management (http://www.ahcinc.com) specializes in accounts receivable management solutions and complimentary education offerings for the healthcare industry. Employing over 500 healthcare reimbursement professionals, approximately 100 of which are attorneys, AHC utilizes federal and state regulations, established case law, and client specific protocols to provide guaranteed results to our 750 clients nationwide. AHC operates out of six locations, with headquarters located in Manassas, Virginia.

Media Contact:

Holly Binkley

Executive Director, Marketing

AHC Healthcare Receivables Management

888.511.7901

http://www.ahcinc.com

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