The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) to Hold Annual Legislative Day

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The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) http://www.aaham.org , a professional association, will hold its annual Legislative Day, April 11-12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) http://www.aaham.org, a professional association, will hold its annual Legislative Day, April 11-12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Invited speakers include: Brad Schweer, Legislative Director to Rep. Lee Terry (R-In), Jennifer Tolbert. Kaiser Family Foundation and Kimberly Overbeck, Budget Review Director, Minority Staff of the House Budget Committee.

“Legislative Day provides a valuable opportunity to meet with key leaders to communicate our perspective on healthcare challenges” said AAHAM President, Christine Stottlemyer, CPAM.

“It also provides an excellent forum to hear about the critical healthcare issues that are being addressed in Washington today from prominent speakers. With the 2012 elections just around the corner, this is a very significant time for our members to be in Washington” added Stottlemyer.

AAHAM’s 2012 Legislative Day focuses on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). AAHAM feels it is imperative that Congress take immediate action to modernize the TCPA for the 21st Century. The TCPA should recognize a consumer’s right to consent to receive phone calls that are made to their wireless phones, including use of an auto dialer or prerecorded message, by those with whom the consumer has an established relationship, if that number is provided by the consumer.

AAHAM says healthcare providers and their agents need to be able to contact consumers on any phone number they provided and by any methods such as auto-dialers and pre-recorded messages. Prohibiting contact via wireless results in greater uncollectible balances and higher uncollectible balances increase the cost of healthcare.

“This event provides a great opportunity for AAHAM members and consumers. AAHAM will be educating members of Congress on the need to make critical changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which is a bi-partisan issue supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as well as the President. Technology has changed so rapidly that it is critical that we update the rules and regulations governing the TCPA” said Paul A. Miller, AAHAM’s Congressional Liaison of Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies, LLC. “This is one issue that truly has bi-partisan support and needs to be enacted today” Miller said.

For more information regarding AAHAM and its programs, please visit http://www.aaham.org or contact AAHAM, 703-281-4043.

ABOUT AAHAM
The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) is a national professional association of thirty-two chapters and over 3000 healthcare patient financial services professionals from hospitals, clinics, billing offices, allied vendors, physicians and multi physician groups. AAHAM members direct the activities of the thousands of people who are employed in the healthcare industry.

AAHAM is the preeminent professional organization for revenue cycle professionals and is known for its prestigious certification and educational programs; professional development of its members is one of the primary goals of the association. AAHAM is also recognized for its quarterly journal, The Journal of Healthcare Administrative Management and its Annual National Institute, held each fall. AAHAM actively represents the interests of its members through a comprehensive program of legislative and regulatory monitoring and participation in industry groups such as WEDI, ASC X12, NUBC and NUCC.

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