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AAHAM Government Relations Quarterly Town Hall Discussions
The AAHAM Government Relations Committee will be holding quarterly calls with Chapter Presidents, Chapter Government Relations Chairs and Members who are interested in becoming active in AAHAM’s legislative healthcare reform initiatives. What happens in Washington usually starts back home in your states. These calls will generate discussions on what is happening in Washington and will enable intel to be shared on what is happening across the country at the state level. These sessions will be focused on healthcare issues that are taking place. These calls will also serve as an opportunity to use this information as a grassroots blueprint to utilize in your own chapter.

The next call is tentatively scheduled for scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 4:30 PM EST.  The meeting information will be sent the week before the session.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

AAHAM Files Brief to Seek Rehearing of 11th Circuit Court Decision

In order to directly protect the interests of AAHAM’s members and corporate partners, this week AAHAM filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief seeking a rehearing of the 11th circuit court Hunstein case. This is the most direct and immediate step available to combat this decision and is the best mechanism AAHAM could utilize to continue to defend and support our entire membership related to this ruling.

As you have heard by now, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a recent ruling overturning a long-standing statute when it comes third-party handling of personal information. The Court ruled that those patients could sue a Patient Financial Advocate for sending a patient’s personal information to a third-party. This ruling overturns a long-established statute which allows this commonsense professional standard. The recent 11th Circuit decision in Hunstein, if left to stand, will have a tremendously negative impact on both AAHAM’s corporate partners and on the revenue cycle community that relies heavily on them. In essence, it held that a hospital creditor violates the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by communicating private debtor information to a third party without the debtor’s consent. The information communicated was standard identifying information about the debtor and the debt sent to the letter vendor on behalf of the hospital to collect the debt.

There is no set time period within which the court must rule, but as soon as it does, AAHAM will provide an update to our membership. Please contact our AAHAM Legislative Liaison Paul Miller at with any questions related to this.

Lori Sickelbaugh, CRCE
AAHAM National President

Kenny Koerner, CRCE
AAHAM 2nd Vice President

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