AHC to Discuss Reimbursement Solutions for Uninsured Patient Care at the 2006 AAHAM ANI

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AHC Healthcare Receivables Management Company will address how healthcare providers can successfully increase their reimbursement for uninsured patient care at this year’s American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management Annual National Institute (AAHAM ANI) in Scottsdale, AZ. Educational topics include patient enrollment options, bad debt collection practices, front-end patient processing, and more.

Healthcare reimbursement experts Michael Berger and Stacy Smith will discuss the solutions hospitals and health systems can implement to meet their financial goals when providing care to uninsured patients. Their seminar, The Uninsured: A Growing Cost to Hospitals, will be presented to attendees at the 2006 AAHAM ANI. This event will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 25-27 and will be attended by nearly 500 of healthcare’s top financial and reimbursement professionals.

Workshop attendees will receive education on accounts receivable issues specific to self-pay patients, including tips on avoiding the pitfalls of uncollectible accounts and how to improve insurance eligibility. The impact of class action litigation on a facility’s image will also be a focus.

"AHC, through its nationwide network of clients and firm-wide experienced consultants and attorneys, is well versed in the struggles that the industry is having with the growing number of uninsured patients and their quest to maximize the available reimbursement dollars,” states Executive Director Michael Berger. “Thus, our presentation will provide the attendees with unique insights into the problem and an array of practical strategies that they can utilize at their respective organizations. Additionally, we will discuss the nation-wide litigation being brought by the uninsured population and provide compliance-based strategies to reduce the potential risk of litigation to their organization.”

In 2005, AHC maintained their educational commitment to the healthcare industry by conducting almost 200 healthcare reimbursement workshops. Parties interested in learning more about a complimentary on-site workshop for their hospital business office may contact AHC at (888)511-7901 or at http://www.ahcinc.com.

About the Speakers:

Mr. Berger has a Masters Degree in Health Care Policy and Administration. He is a recognized expert and frequent speaker, nationally, in the areas of revenue cycle operations, denial management, cash acceleration, third-party provider relations/contract negotiation, operational and organizational “best practices” development, staffing level analysis, training, and the development/implementation of state-of-the-art denial management technology.

Mr. Berger’s health care career spans in excess of 20 years in both the healthcare provider and consulting industries. He has supported a wide spectrum of providers and related business environments including academic medical centers, home health agencies, post acute/long-term care facilities, freestanding outpatient facilities, physician organizations, and accounts receivable financing/purchasing groups.

Stacy L. Smith, Esquire, serves as Vice President of AHC’s Program Management. In this role, Ms. Smith oversees a team of attorneys who manage client engagements and who conduct insurance legal reimbursement workshops. Ms. Smith graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.

About AHC

AHC Healthcare Receivables Management (http://www.ahcinc.com) provides technology enabled accounts receivables management solutions and complimentary education offerings for the healthcare community. 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 760 clients nationwide. AHC operates out of seven locations, with headquarters in Manassas, Virginia.

Media Contact:

Holly Binkley

Executive Director, Marketing

AHC Healthcare Receivables Management



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