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AAOE Toolkit
  • Document like this, not like that
  • Factor Better Documentation into ICD-10 Coding
  • Complying with Medical Record Documentation Requirements
  • White Paper: When Dictators Fall
  • ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts — Orthopedics
  • CMS Orthopedic Scenarios


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • How to improve patient care while increasing revenue
  • Improving patient access through public-private partnerships
  • ACA plans setting out-of-pocket spending limits below cap
  • Nurse coaching on the rise
  • 'America's Bitter Pill' makes case for why healthcare law 'won't work'
  • Arizona high court allows Medicaid challenge to advance
  • Patient engagement may reduce healthcare reform anxiety
  • Where doctors train may affect whether they practice expensive medicine




  • AAOE TOOLKIT

    Document like this, not like that
    Provided by AAOE
    This article compares Physicians & Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) specialists’ view on proper documentation.
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    Factor better documentation into ICD-10 coding
    Provided by AAOE
    This article explains that there are 7 elements, not all-inclusive, that physicians should start using to improve documentation for ICD-10 coding.
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    OA Braces: Did increased utilization contribute to billing code changes?
    Townsend Design
    A growing percentage of Medicare patients with OA related knee pain and mobility limitations are being fit with off-the-shelf corrective knee braces. Following this increase in use, CMS has imposed new billing code requirements effective October 1, 2014. Statistics from 2012 indicate Medicare provided reimbursement for over 20,500 L1843 single hinge braces routinely prescribed for unicompartment OA. An additional 19,000 L1845 braces were reimbursed by Medicare. While these dual hinge (L1845) braces are prescribed for both ligament instabilities and knee OA, a majority of the L1845 braces paid for by Medicare are prescribed for older OA patients with joint degeneration.
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    Complying with medical record documentation requirements
    Provided by AAOE
    CERT (Comprehensive Error Rate Testing) Program reviewed a random sampling of Medicare documentation and determined claims were paid in error due to insufficient documentation.
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    White paper: When dictators fall
    Provided by AAOE
    Though dictation errors cannot be avoided, various experts offer 9 tips that will help reduce these errors.
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    ICD-10 documentation and coding concepts — Orthopedics
    Provided by AAOE
    Joseph Nichols, M.D., talks about the importance of appropriate clinical documentation to support ICD-10 coding and provides tips for common orthopedic procedures.
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    CMS orthopedic scenarios
    Provided by AAOE
    CMS provides clinical documentation examples for 4 scenarios: 1) Fracture Follow-Up Visit, 2) Shoulder ROM Office Visit, 3) Tear of Medical Meniscus with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and 4) Right Shoulder Pain & Possible Rotator Cuff Repair.
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    How to improve patient care while increasing revenue
    Podiatry Today
    As we prepare for the start of 2015 and the uncertainty of what is around the corner with accountable care organizations, ICD-10, decreasing reimbursements, hospital consolidations, hospitals purchasing referral sources and more, it is easy to get discouraged and give up. Many people will throw in the towel and just continue to see and treat their patients without trying to do anything to improve the practice or the practice revenue.
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    Improving patient access through public-private partnerships
    R & D Magazine
    As the healthcare industry is undergoing a rapid transformation driven by evolving economic and regulatory demands, the biopharmaceutical industry also faces numerous challenges in meeting the needs of patients around the globe. Emerging markets are faced with the challenges of ensuring access to innovative, personalized treatments for patients with critical or rare conditions, including the lack of healthcare resources, high costs and challenging socioeconomic conditions.
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    ACA plans setting out-of-pocket spending limits below cap
    Healthcare Finance
    Consumers shopping on the health insurance marketplaces will find many plans with out-of-pocket spending limits that are lower than the maximums allowed under the health law, according to an analysis by Avalere Health. Seventy-four percent of 2015 silver level plans' out-of-pocket spending caps are below the $6,600 spending limit allowed for individual plans and $13,200 maximum for family plans, according to Avalere, a consulting firm.
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    Nurse coaching on the rise
    By Keith Carlson
    The profession of coaching has been in existence for a number of years. While life coaching is the form of coaching with which the public is most familiar, nurses are now entering this burgeoning field in large numbers, in various aspects of the profession. However, many nurses are still confused as to what nurse coaches actually do, and where they may pursue legitimate professional coach training.
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    'America's Bitter Pill' makes case for why healthcare law 'won't work'
    NPR
    Journalist Steven Brill, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery, has written the book America's Bitter Pill about the political fights and the medical and pharmaceutical industry lobbying that made it difficult to pass any health care overhaul — and led to the compromises of the Affordable Care Act. The law enables millions more people to afford health insurance, he writes, but it also adds new layers of bureaucracy — and many confusing new regulations.
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    Arizona high court allows Medicaid challenge to advance
    The Arizona Republic
    Arizona's legal battle over Medicaid expansion will be allowed to continue, the state Supreme Court ruled recently, meaning continued uncertainty for nearly 300,000 low-income Arizonans, the state budget and Arizona's hospitals. In a unanimous ruling, the high court permitted a challenge from 36 Republican state lawmakers to return to court for a decision on whether expansion of the state's health-insurance program for the poor was legally enacted.
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    Patient engagement may reduce healthcare reform anxiety
    EHR Intelligence
    Adopting more robust patient engagement technologies may help providers and patients alike find their way out of pervasive anxieties about the future of the healthcare industry — if physicians can lead the way. According to a survey performed by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs, few industry stakeholders are satisfied with the way healthcare is headed, but believe that preventative care, backed by patient engagement technologies, mobile apps, and care coordination, may help them find the way forward through a complicated maze of financial and administrative changes.
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    Where doctors train may affect whether they practice expensive medicine
    HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
    Doctors who were trained in high-cost areas of the United States may be more likely to practice expensive medicine, a new study suggests. However, that effect gradually decreases over time.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Jan. 15 12 - 1 p.m. Physician Documentation in Preparation for ICD-10 [HTW] Details
    Jan. 20 2 p.m. ICD-10 CM: The 2015 Re-Introduction for the Orthopaedic Practice Details
    Jan. 20 7 p.m. ICD-10 CM the 2015 for the Orthopaedic Clinician Details
    Jan. 22 12 p.m. Medical Society of Virginia's White Coats on Call 2015 Details
    Feb. 17 2 p.m. ICD-10 CM Making ICD-10 "Handy" for Hand Surgery Services Details
    Feb. 17 7 p.m. ICD-10 CM: For the Hand Surgeon Provider Details
    April 17-18 AOA Leadership Immersion Series — Module 1: Surviving Health Care Changes: Leaders Taking Strategic Action Details
    April 25-28, 2015 2015 AAOE Annual Conference in Chicago Details
    Aug. 6-9 2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 24-26, 2015 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 25-26, 2015 AOA Leadership Immersion Series – Module 4: Leading High Performing Teams Details

       [P2P]: AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference
       [HTW]: Hot Topic Webinar
     

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