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Happy New Year!
As 2012 comes to a close, AAOE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy new year. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AAOE eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. In this issue, you will find our "Top 10" articles from 2012. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

IN THIS ISSUE ...

  • Orthopedic urgent care linked to ASCs
  • Physicians are easy ... easy targets
  • Wal-Mart to pay for heart and spine surgery for US employees
  • Test PQRS in advance of 2013 reporting — Prepare now to avoid eRx, EHR penalties
  • Suit sets up clash between day-surgery centers and hospitals, insurers
  • What payers don't want you to know when negotiating managed care contracts
  • Website 101: Basic tips for building a website that works
  • The heavy impact of obesity on medical office practices
  • Study: Surgeons don't make nearly as much as patients think
  • The ups and downs of electronic medical records



  • Orthopedic urgent care linked to ASCs
    Becker's Orthopedic Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From June 26: Alejandro Badia, M.D., a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, Fla., discusses the process behind developing and launching OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center that will address emergency orthopedic needs and send injured patients to an adjacent ambulatory surgery center for treatment. More

    Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

    The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or ngreen@codingnetwork.com.


    Physicians are easy ... easy targets
    Tom Ealey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From July 24: Physicians are easy — easy targets for embezzlers. Why? Money is a wonderful commodity, everyone can use it, the color is always perfect and it always fits. Physicians are usually too busy to have hands-on involvement with the revenue cycle. The revenue cycle is ridiculously complex; creates a massive stream of data and reams of paper; patient billing claims may require multiple passes through the business office; and often the patients expect to be confused by the billings and statements and will accept any reasonable sounding explanation from staff. More

    Wal-Mart to pay for heart and spine surgery for US employees
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From Oct. 16: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering its U.S. employees and their families free heart and spine surgeries at six major health centers at no cost to the retailer's workers, as it tries to find better ways to cover costly, complicated procedures. Starting in January, workers and dependents enrolled in Wal-Mart's medical plans will receive free consultations and care for certain heart and spinal procedures along with travel, lodging and food for the patient and a caregiver. More



    Test PQRS in advance of 2013 reporting — Prepare now to avoid eRx, EHR penalties
    AAOE Legislative and Regulatory Update    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From Nov. 13: The next three years will be pivotal for providers to successfully participate in Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System, e-prescribing incentives program and electronic health records "meaningful use" program. Nonparticipation, or unsuccessful participation, will not simply mean a lack of incentive bonuses. Instead, providers will face ever-mounting penalties that could reduce their Medicare fees by as much as 5 percent. More

    Suit sets up clash between day-surgery centers and hospitals, insurers
    The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From Nov. 27: Four Colorado day-surgery centers have filed a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by the state's largest hospital chains and insurers to drive them out of business, while the defendants allege the surgery centers may violate insurance and kickback laws, bringing a battle of health titans into the open. More



    What payers don't want you to know when negotiating managed care contracts
    Susan E. Charkin, Healthcents    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From May 8: Leverage the facts from your information gathering and proposal letter, Part I and Part II. Learn how to maneuver your proposal letter to the correct first-level contract negotiator and work through the payer's chain of command. Leverage your personnel and — most importantly — don't take no for an answer. No just means you haven't gotten to the right person yet. Persevere. More

    Website 101: Basic tips for building a website that works
    Mary Hall, iHealthSpot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From June 19: First impressions count, and on the Web it is the layout, design and functionality of your practice website that make the first impression. How many times have you left a website after only a few seconds because it was confusing or visually unappealing? Medical practice websites have unique requirements. They need to attract new patients, educate them and provide a communication vehicle. Here are iHealthSpot's 10 basic tips and best practices for designing and building a medical practice website that works. More


    We're Rad to the Bone!
    Unique orthopedic and spine teleradiology company. Personalized service, cutting edge technology. Detailed finalized reports from your personal radiologist on your cell or tablet within minutes. Remember the Good Old Rays! MORE
    The Art of Flexibility

    The CS 9300 from Carestream Dental offers up to seven selectable fields of view and resolution up to 90μm, giving greater flexibility to suit your patients’ diagnostic needs. MORE


    The heavy impact of obesity on medical office practices
    Tom Ealey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From July 17: Obesity is becoming a major clinical practice and office safety issue. Physician leaders and practice executives must develop policies and train staff to cope with these challenges. More

    Study: Surgeons don't make nearly as much as patients think
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From June 12: Patients imagine surgeons make a lot more money, at least on a per-surgery basis, than they really do, according to one new study. The findings are especially striking since they involve orthopedic surgeons, who happen to be among the nation's best-paid doctors. Researchers asked 1,120 patients awaiting or recovering from orthopedic surgery to say how much they thought surgeons should be paid for knee and hip replacements and how much they thought Medicare paid. Then they were told how much Medicare actually paid and asked their reactions. More

    The ups and downs of electronic medical records
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From Oct. 16: The case for electronic medical records is compelling: They can make healthcare more efficient and less expensive, and improve the quality of care by making patients' medical history easily accessible to all who treat them. But as healthcare providers adopt electronic records, the challenges have proved daunting, with a potential for mix-ups and confusion that can be frustrating, costly and even dangerous. More
     

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