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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • AAOE Member Survey — CMS EHR Incentive Program: Meaningful Use or Meaningless Waste?


  • Advocacy Update
  • House Energy and Commerce Discusses Sustainable Growth Rate


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Keeping up with Conference
  • Professional Office Services (POS)
  • Annual Conference Speaker: Congressman Mike Quigley


  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week


  • In Touch & In Tune with Our Exhibitors
  • Össur Americas


  • Leadership in the Limelight
  • AAOE President: Donald Schreiner, MBA


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
  • War over Obamacare heats up in states
  • States make strides, but Medicaid sign-up tech woes continue
  • Why 'choosing wisely' won't protect you in a lawsuit
  • Providers fear ICD-10
  • Doctors to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT
  • Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
  • Do 'communication and resolution' malpractice reforms help cut costs?




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    AAOE Member Survey — CMS EHR Incentive Program: Meaningful Use or Meaningless Waste?
    Written by Jason M. McCormick
    In order to pool the perspectives and the decisions of orthopaedic practice managers and administrators regarding participation in CMS’ Meaningful Use program, below is a link to a survey regarding your practice's current position on Meaningful Use. The survey includes questions regarding your previous experience with Meaningful Use, your current position, and the positives and/or negatives that your practice has experienced along the way. Most of the questions included will be used to provide valuable information back to the AAOE community regarding how your orthopaedic practice peers are participating going forward. One of the major reasons for this survey is to arm practice managers and administrators with answers to questions that arise during board meetings regarding what other practices are doing with Meaningful Use and how it is being addressed.

    By participating in this survey, you will help ensure that AAOE continues to offer its members the best resources available to assist in your everyday practice management decisions. This information will be collected and returned during Jason McCormick's Meaningful Use presentation at the AAOE National Conference in Chicago on April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. This information will also be available for AAOE members once the aggregate analysis has been completed.

    Participate in the survey here.
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    ADVOCACY UPDATE


    House Energy and Commerce Discusses Sustainable Growth Rate
    Written by: Bradley Coffey, MA
    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing today to discuss the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate. This is the first hearing scheduled of two, the second one will occur on the 22nd of January. Witnesses at this hearing included former Senator Joseph Lieberman from the New York law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, & Friedman, Dr. Alice Rivlin with the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Brookings Institution, and Marilyn Moon with the American Institutes for Research.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Feb. 12 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: 2015 Changes to PQRS and Impacts of the Value Based Payment Modifier [P2P] Details
    Feb. 17 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM Making ICD-10 "Handy" for Hand Surgery Services Details
    Feb. 17 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: For the Hand Surgeon Provider Details
    March 17 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 "Straight" for Spine Surgery Services Details
    March 17 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM for Spine Surgeon Provider Details
    April 17-18 AOA Leadership Immersion Series — Module 1: Surviving Health Care Changes: Leaders Taking Strategic Action Details
    April 21 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Training for Success with ICD-10 for Sports Medicine Joint Related Services Details
    April 21 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM for the Sports Medicine and Joint Provider Details
    April 25-28 2015 AAOE Annual Conference in Chicago Details
    May 19 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Breaking down ICD-10 for Fracture Care Services Details
    May 19 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: Specific for Fracture Care Serviceso Details
    June 16 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Getting a Strong Foothold for Foot & Ankle Care Services Details
    June 16 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: For the Foot & Ankle Clinicians Details
    July 21 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Speaking the Language of ICD-10 Medical Terminology Details
    July 21 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: Documenting Clearly for Successful ICD-10 Implementation Details
    Aug. 6-9 2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Aug. 18 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Arming Your Practice with Less Than 2 Months to "Go-Live" — What are you doing in your practice for final prep? Details
    Aug. 18 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar:ICD-10 CM: Comparing the Write Documentation for the Right ICD-10 Code Details
    Sept. 15 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 15 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 24-26 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 25-26 AOA Leadership Immersion Series – Module 4: Leading High Performing Teams Details
    Oct. 20 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: The ICD-10 Aftermath: Are Claims Being Processed or Denied? Strategy and Recovery Plans for Your Practice Details

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




    KEEPING UP WITH CONFERENCE


    Professional Office Services (POS)
    Provided by AAOE
    As a first-time exhibitor with AAOE, POS is excited to share print and digital communication solutions and best practices from healthcare practices across the country. POS creates and supports strong marketing and branding strategies and collateral throughout all patient and practice communications including education materials, promotional brochures, patient registration materials, patient statements, appointment reminders and more. Learn more at www.poscorp.com or call 800-331-4976.
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    Annual Conference Speaker: Congressman Mike Quigley
    Provided by AAOE
    Congressman Mike Quigley will be speaking at the AAOE 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. Quigley will be speaking at the Hilton Chicago in the General Session Ballroom to all the Annual Conference attendees.
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    Knee OA: Successfully Bracing Disproportional Legs
    Townsend Design
    It's not easy to fit a standard size rigid OA knee brace on an abnormally shaped leg. Large thigh, small calf. Extra wide knee on a skinny leg. Disproportional legs are often the norm, especially with older or obese patients with OA related knee pain that reduces mobility and quality of life. While custom knee braces can be ordered, they are tougher to get authorized and reimbursed. The patient also has a more substantial co-payment because custom braces cost more to fabricate. So the majority of OA braces being fit in physician clinics are OTS (off-the-shelf) in standard sizes -- generally ranging from XS to 2XL.
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    QUOTE OF THE WEEK



    IN TOUCH & IN TUNE WITH OUR EXHIBITORS


    Össur Americas
    Provided by AAOE
    As a THANK YOU to our exhibitors, we will be highlighting at least one exhibitor each week in the newsletter! This will give YOU a better understanding of what to expect from the exhibitors we will have at the 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago and it will give them a chance to show their fun side, while giving you a preview of solutions that they will have ready for you in April! This week we put Össur Americas on the hot seat...
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      STAFF ORTHOPEDIC CERTIFICATIONS FOR STAGE 2 REQUIREMENTS

    The American Society of Orthopedic Technologistsis offering three levels of Allied Staff Certification for orthopedic practices. All levels meet the meaningful use stage 2 requirement guidelines and includes initial orthopedic education, certification exam and continuing education. No travel required. Cost can be less than $100/year per employee registered. Read More

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    LEADERSHIP IN THE LIMELIGHT


    AAOE President: Donald Schreiner, MBA
    Provided by AAOE
    AAOE values the time and commitment our leadership puts into our organization. We would like to start featuring a member of the AAOE leadership each week. Watch out for posts on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, featuring our Leader in the Limelight!
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
    By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
    A recent Reuters article discusses the huge disparity in prices for common surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement. The article highlights a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield that is self-serving to say the least. It points out how doctors and insurers charge high prices for these procedures and, depending on the facility, prices can fluctuate by up to 300 percent. But before we go any further, it is imperative to understand that what a hospital charges an insurer is almost completely unrelated to how much the insurer reimburses for those services.
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    War over Obamacare heats up in states
    NPR
    A Center for Public Integrity review found that more than 700 Obamacare-related bills were filed in the states during 2014 or carried over from 2013 in states where legislatures allow that. Some states saw 50 or more health bills each, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, or NCSL. It's not yet clear how many will be reconsidered in 2015 — many states are just kicking off their legislative sessions — but few expect any substantial retreat from the battlefront.
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    States make strides, but Medicaid sign-up tech woes continue
    Modern Healthcare
    States have made major strides in automating their processes used to determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. But challenges remain in verifying user data and re-enrolling certain populations, said federal and state officials during a webinar.
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    Why 'choosing wisely' won't protect you in a lawsuit
    Medscape (Login may be required)
    In order to win in a medical malpractice case against a physician, a plaintiff must prove that the physician owed the patient a duty, that the physician breached the duty, and that the physician's breach in duty caused the patient to suffer damages. A key aspect in a vast majority of malpractice litigation involves whether a physician breached a duty to a patient, which plaintiff attorneys call negligence. There are many ways in which litigants can demonstrate what a physician's duties were (the "standard of care") and whether the physician lived up to those duties.
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    Providers fear ICD-10
    Health IT Outcomes
    Usually, providers cite financial reasons, time constraints and limited staff when explaining their reluctance to adopt ICD-10. Now, an AHIMA report published by Perspectives in Health Information Management indicates that — put simply — fear is a factor as well.
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    Doctors to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT
    FierceHealthIT
    The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals. Although the organization supports the goals outlined in the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, "the myriad of regulations and rules from multiple agencies places a heavy administrative burden.
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    Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
    By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
    There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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    Do 'communication and resolution' malpractice reforms help cut costs?
    Healthcare Dive
    Medical malpractice is one of the biggest stressors for physicians and big hospitals, sometimes pushing talented physicians out of the field. As Kaiser Health News notes, shortly after the Affordable Care Act passed, the Obama administration awarded $23 million in planning and demonstration grants around the country as part of a patient safety and medical liability reform initiative. Many state reforms have revolved around controversial cap initiatives. In California, the state Supreme Court announced hat it will hear Hughes v. Pham, the case challenging the constitutionality of the state damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice suits.
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