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Annual Conference Highlights
  • Save the Date: Annual Conference registration opens Friday, Jan. 18
  • Must see keynote speakers: Dr. Max Rogers, Kathy Dempsey, Walter Bond
  • Amazing networking events
  • Fast track and user group sessions

  • Around the Industry
  • In 2nd look, few savings from digital health records
  • 10 policies that can stabilize healthcare spending from Commonwealth Fund
  • Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up
  • Patient-centered care must-haves: Convenience, flexibility
  • Study: US could save $2 trillion on health costs
  • Who knew? Patients' share of health spending is shrinking
  • 5 EHR predictions for 2013




  •  ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

    Save the Date: Annual Conference registration opens Friday, Jan. 18
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    Registration opens this Friday for the 44th AAOE Annual Conference, taking place Sunday, April 28, through Tuesday, April 30, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Access the Preliminary Program now!

    Early bird registration only available until March 18.


    Must see keynote speakers: Dr. Max Rogers, Kathy Dempsey, Walter Bond
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    This year's keynote speakers will challenge you to improve your own performance and those of your leadership team, enhance your leadership style and raise the satisfaction of coworkers and patients alike. You will be encouraged to expand your breadth of service beyond that of your organization to include other organizations and individuals who serve in the field of healthcare administration and in your community.

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    Amazing networking events
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    Your conference experience begins with informal networking by state societies, group size, member gatherings and an evening reception onboard the USS Midway. You will then network by region, wine and dine your way through the exhibitor wine reception and end the conference at the Hilton's beautiful Waterfront Park.

    Fast track and user group sessions
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    Learn about the hottest new products and services in the orthopaedic industry in just over one hour! Then sit in on the User Group Meetings to dive into how you can best utilize them.


    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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     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    In 2nd look, few savings from digital health records
    The New York Times via CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in healthcare costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care, according to a new analysis by the influential RAND Corporation. Optimistic predictions by RAND in 2005 helped drive explosive growth in the electronic records industry and encouraged the federal government to give billions of dollars in financial incentives to hospitals and doctors that put the systems in place. More

    10 policies that can stabilize healthcare spending from Commonwealth Fund
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Large-scale provider payment reforms, encouraging better patient decisions through information and changing the paradigm of the healthcare market could slow U.S. healthcare spending by $2 trillion by 2023, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund. Healthcare spending in the United States currently represents 18 percent of gross domestic product, and by 2023, that total could grow to 23 percent. More



    Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up
    The Associated Press via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Missed flu-shot day at the office last fall? And all those "get vaccinated" ads? A scramble for shots is under way as late-comers seek protection from a miserable flu strain already spreading through much of the country. Federal health officials said that there is still some flu vaccine available and it's not too late to benefit from it. More

    Patient-centered care must-haves: Convenience, flexibility
    Hospital Impact    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With patient satisfaction now tied to reimbursement, hospitals are focusing on the little things that improve people's hospital stay. They're hiring consultants from Disney and Ritz-Carlton to teach them how to improve patient experience, address complaints and add a compassionate touch to serious medical care. More


    We're Rad to the Bone!
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    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


    Study: US could save $2 trillion on health costs
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The United States could save $2 trillion in healthcare spending over the next decade, if the U.S. government used its influence in the public and private sectors to nudge soaring costs into line with economic growth, according to a newly released study. Compiled by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund, the study recommends holding the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system to an annual spending target by having Medicare, Medicaid, other government programs and private insurers encourage providers to accelerate adoption of more cost-effective care. More

    Who knew? Patients' share of health spending is shrinking
    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Consumer-driven medical spending may be the second-biggest story in healthcare, after the Affordable Care Act. As employers give workers more "skin in the game" through higher costs from purse and paycheck, the thinking goes, they'll seek more efficient treatment and hold down overall spending. More

    5 EHR predictions for 2013
    EHR Intelligence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It should be an exciting year in electronic health record (EHR) space. As physicians continue to adopt new EHR software on the race for meaningful use and avoid penalties, we may see some changes in the way physicians previously viewed their EHR software and the focus will move to ROI. More
     

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