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Office Articles: CHAMBERSBURG, PA

  “PURPLE DAY” – Raising Awareness for Epilepsy Every year on March 26th, people world -wide are encouraged to wear, eat, and think purple. This day is known as “Purple Day” in the Epilepsy community and is dedicated to raising awareness of this medical condition. The Chambersburg office showed their support by not only wearing purple and enjoying purple treats (Jell-O figures and peeps dipped in chocolate to name a few), but with a contest to see who could be the most creative with their purple attire. Carrie Hann won a $50 gift card to Sheetz for her original representation of “Pippi (Purple) Longstocking”. The office hopes to make this a yearly tradition, giving plenty of time to get those creative ideas flowing for 2014. Epilepsy produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It affects 2.2 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide. To find out more about Epilepsy and Purple Day, visit...

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Office Articles: LOMBARD, IL

  Kathryn J. Canny, who served as the Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs and Founder of the Lombard office, was given a retirement party in her honor on Wednesday, June 12th. President & CEO David Langsam, COO J. Paul O’Haro, a large number of colleagues, and members of AHS Lombard’s 20-year-club were among the well-wishers. Kathryn officially retired on Friday, June 14th 2013. Throughout her remarkable career, Kathryn founded Physicians Service Center in 1966. Starting as a three-person billing service for a large radiology department, Kathryn led the company’s growth serving leading radiology, pathology and other hospital-based groups in Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Kathryn is a charter member of the Radiology Business Managers Association (RBMA) and the International Billing Association, now known as the Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA). She serves on the HBMA Government Relations committee and has always been active in promoting the interests of medical billing companies and their physician clients. From all staff at AdvantEdge, we wish Kathryn a happy and healthy...

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Office Articles: LOMBARD, IL

  AHS Lombard Establishes Emerging Leader Program Lombard recently announced the launch of an Emerging Leaders Program, designed to identify and develop employees with leadership potential. The goals are threefold: 1) provide management and leadership training through webinars and discussions, 2) work on high level projects assigned by managers to recommend courses of action or solutions, and 3) learn about and understand the various functions and departments in the center. For this first team, a representative was selected from each of the functional departments. The new members bring to the table a good cross section of experience, including veteran employees as well as new members of AHS, team members with solid technology experience, employees with formal education in the industry, and those with significant experience in insurance. The initial team members are: Susan Garza (Reimbursements) Pam Mallo (Customer Service) Dorothy Spero (IDM/Insurance) Kim Swiercinski (Customer Service) DeWayne Thompson (Coding) Deidre Velazquez (Operations) Lombard leadership looks forward to working with the team and appreciates their commitment to the program. Employee...

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DID YOU KNOW ABOUT: AUDITS?

  Did You Know? In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their 2012 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Report. The national Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program was established under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Here are their statistics for 2012: $3.0 Billion: Won or negotiated by the Federal government in health care fraud judgments and settlements (does not include Medicaid monies recovered as part of global Federal-State settlements) $4.2 Billion: Recovered and deposited (up from $4.1 B in 2011) 2,032: Federal prosecutors had 2,032 health care fraud criminal investigations pending, involving 3,410 potential defendants, and filed criminal charges in 452 cases involving 892 defendants 1,131: New criminal health care fraud investigations involving 2,148 potential defendants by the Department of Justice (DOJ). 826: Defendants were convicted of health care fraud-related crimes during the year. 885: Number of new civil health care fraud investigations opened by the DOJ with 1,023 civil health care fraud...

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