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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • Note from the AAOE Practice Management Committee
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Practice Management December Tool Kit: Workers' Compensation
  • News release: Employer costs for employee compensation news
  • Article: Workers' compensation basics for employers
  • Whitepaper: Injury and illness prevention programs
  • Website: State workers' compensation sites
  • Website: The Workers' Comp Gazette
  • Article: Telecommuting: Changing workers' comp terrain
  • Workshop information: Use of workers' compensation

  • Around the Industry
  • Medicare pay reprieve in place; next threat is 2 percent cut in March
  • Obamacare: A few changes coming in 2013
  • Health reform may be headed back to Supreme Court in 2013
  • How does the rise of computers in exam rooms impact patient care?
  • Copying common in electronic medical records
  • Physicians push for full Medicaid expansion after HHS all-or-nothing stance




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Note from the AAOE Practice Management Committee
    AAOE    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of healthcare, managing an orthopaedic practice is challenging. Whether your practice is small or large, the AAOE Practice Management Committee presents a collection of resources that you may find helpful. Based on the leading needs of the organization, as defined by our members, this issue focuses on workers' compensation. We trust these tools will provide assistance and save you time. We welcome your feedback.

    The 2012-13 AAOE Practice Management Committee*

    *Kim Wishon, MBA, FACMPE (chair); Joyce Anderson; Suzette Gramm; Jim Carr; George A. Hernandez; Shannon Lorbiecki; Maureen McPeak; Dale A. Reigle; Dan Pohlgeers; Jim P. Kidd, CMPE


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     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Jan. 24
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
    AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Legislative Hot Topics Discussion sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE Forthcoming
    Feb. 14
    11 a.m.-noon CST
    AAOE Webinar: Meaningful Use for Orthopaedists: Moving to Stage 2 sponsored by SRSsoft and AAOE Forthcoming
    Feb. 28
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
    AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Meaningful Use: Getting Started and Basic Quality Measures (A Panel Discussion) sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE Forthcoming
    March 14
    11 a.m.-noon CST
    AAOE Webinar: Social Media: Turning Patients into Practice Promoters sponsored by Orthopaedic Marketing Group and AAOE Forthcoming
    March 28
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
    AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Patient/Customer Service for Staff sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE Forthcoming


     AAOE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT JANUARY TOOL KIT: WORKERS' COMPENSATION


    News release: Employer costs for employee compensation news
    U.S. Department of Labor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Read a brief news release to see how your costs compare to the national average. More

    Article: Workers' compensation basics for employers
    Nolo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Do you know what the requirements are for workers' compensation coverage in your practice? Do you know what the insurance actually covers? Read this brief article from Nolo to learn the basics. Also included are some inexpensive tools should you need guidance in the human resource areas. More


    Merge Healthcare: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Orthopedics
    Merge Healthcare’s new webinar outlines the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) rules and describes how they will specifically affect orthopedic practices. Watch this webinar to learn more about the upcoming MU timeline, how to adopt an MU strategy, and how you can streamline workflow and improve patient care.
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    Whitepaper: Injury and illness prevention programs
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This whitepaper by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration focuses on injury prevention. More

    Website: State workers' compensation sites
    U.S. Department of Labor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Federal laws related to workers' compensation mainly deal with special classes of employees that would not pertain an orthopaedic practices — e.g., maritime employees, federal employees and those with black lung. Each state has its own laws for workers' compensation. This website includes a link for each state’s regulating entity for workers' compensation. The individual sites also provide guidance to the employer as well as the employee to help determine what is covered, how to report incidents, who to contact with questions, educational materials and similar issues. More

    Website: The Workers' Comp Gazette
    The Workers' Comp Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Do you need a real-time resource for changes in workers’ compensation? This "all-in-one" site provides information about prevention, education and news for employers. More



    Article: Telecommuting: Changing workers' comp terrain
    Risk & Insurance, Sept. 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This article offers an interesting perspective on workers' compensation and telecommuting that may impact more practices as we allow coders, transcriptionists and others to work from home. More

    Workshop information: Use of workers' compensation
    Department of Health and Human Services, Sept. 2009    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This document is the product of a workshop hosted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention program. More

     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Medicare pay reprieve in place; next threat is 2 percent cut in March
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After another year-end nail-biter on Capitol Hill in which lawmakers made preventing a massive Medicare physician pay cut their last action before adjourning, organized medicine called on Congress to chart a more rational course on the issue in 2013. The latest stopgap freezes doctor pay rates only through the end of 2013, after which the formula again will slash rates by about a quarter without a new legislative revision. More

    Obamacare: A few changes coming in 2013
    CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some 50 million Americans still lack health insurance. That will change for the greater majority when the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, as it's more commonly known, rolls out over the next couple of years. While the bulk of the law goes into place in 2014, you'll see a few changes this year. Much of 2013 will be dedicated to health facilities and government offices getting ready for the larger changes coming down the road. More


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    Health reform may be headed back to Supreme Court in 2013
    PBS Newshour    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Looks like 2013 will include many of the characters who made 2012 such a nerve-racking year for the healthcare reform law — everyone from state-level leaders hoping to prevent its full implementation to Supreme Court justices deciding the law's fate. The nation's highest court may have upheld a central pillar of the law last summer — the so-called "individual mandate" that most Americans either purchase health insurance or pay a fine — but that doesn't mean the rest of the ACA is free from debate. More

    How does the rise of computers in exam rooms impact patient care?
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The introduction of electronic health records is transforming the healthcare industry and patient care. With the advent of EHRs, a physician has a patient's medical history along with access to evidence-based guidelines at his or her fingertips. However, getting this information at a physician's fingertips involves a fundamental change to the traditional patient exam room interaction. More

    Copying common in electronic medical records
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most doctors copy and paste old, potentially out-of-date information into patients' electronic records, according to a new study looking at a shortcut that some experts fear could lead to miscommunication and medical errors. More

    Physicians push for full Medicaid expansion after HHS all-or-nothing stance
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians in states that had sought partial expansions of their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are hoping that full expansion is still a possibility after the recent release of federal guidance that effectively rules out that first option. The guidance clarified that states cannot receive federal assistance to pay for all of the costs of the first three years of expansion under the ACA unless they expand eligibility to everyone up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. More
     

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