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Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Share Your Expertise with Your Fellow Members and Get Paid $100
  • Easy Access to the AAOE Live Learning Center

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the Week
  • Plan Your Time at the Conference — Make Appointments with Exhibitors

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Tom McNeil
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Official: Obamacare coverage enrollment hits 3 million
  • Healthcare technology, mobile apps more important now than ever
  • Corporate asset protection: Shielding your practice from lawsuits, threats — Part II
  • Survey: EHR incentive program is on track
  • Study says hospital consolidation is good for patients and communities
  • Little-known aspect of Medicaid now causing people to avoid coverage
  • Survey: ICD-10 preparedness lacking
  • Court sends United Healthcare and physicians to mediation




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Share Your Expertise with Your Fellow Members and Get Paid $100
    AAOE
    Did you know that AAOE members can get paid to share their expertise with other readers of the AAOE weekly eNewsletter? AAOE will pay members $100 per article for each article that is accepted to be published in the newsletter. All you have to do is submit your article to Elizabeth Menos at emenos@aaoe.net. Once your article is approved, you will be sent a check for $100. You can get paid to write up to three (3) articles! Please click "Read More" to see the Newsletter Author Guidelines and submit your article TODAY!
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    Easy Access to the AAOE Live Learning Center
    AAOE
    It's never been easier to get three years' worth of AAOE sessions at your desk, on your time! You can now access the AAOE Live Learning Center without having to log in a second time. If you haven't been online to see what is available, NOW is the time to do so. With the exception of the conference packages and ICD-10 Series, all webinars are there for you to view free of charge. Just go to www.aaoe.net, log in and click on "Live Learning Center" on the right side of the page in the "Quick Links" box.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Jan. 31 AAOE Membership Drive Ends Details
    Feb. 7-8 American Orthopaedic Association — Power, Influence and Persuasion Details
    Feb. 13 12 - 1:30 p.m. Exercising the 1st Amendment! [P2P] Details
    Feb. 27 12 - 1:30 p.m. Staying Ahead of the Curve [HTW] Details
    March 13 12 - 1:30 p.m. Benchmarking Survey [P2P] Details
    March 21 AAOE Annual Conference Early Bird Deadline Details
    March 27 12 - 1 p.m. The Average Return on Marketing is Negative Details
    April 4-5 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Details
    April 25 AAOE Annual Conference Housing Deadline Details
    May 31- June 3 AAOE Annual Conference Details
    July 31- Aug.3 2014 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executive Details
    Sept. 12-14 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details

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


    LEAK OF THE WEEK


    Plan Your Time at the Conference — Make Appointments with Exhibitors
    AAOE
    Once you have registered for the conference you will receive an email confirmation with a username and password to the Attendee Service Center. You can make appointments with exhibitors from within the Attendee Service Center, by clicking on the Exhibitor Appointments link on the left side of the page. You can search for the exhibitor you are interested in talking to and click on the appointment time that you would like. The exhibitor will receive an email advising them of your request to have an appointment with them and they will confirm the appointment. The best way for you to be sure that you have enough time to get the most out of your time at the AAOE Annual Conference is to plan your schedule ahead of time! Don't worry, if you would prefer to wing it at the conference, you will still have plenty of networking time with the exhibitors! Register today and start making plans for great networking and education!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight — Tom McNeil
    AAOE
    Name: Tom McNeil, MHA
    Council/ Committee Name: AAOE Technology Committee
    Practice Name: Ortho Kentucky, PLLC
    City/State: Lexington, KY
    Group Size: 14 MDs, 3 PAs
    Hobby: Traveling, working on my historic home
    Best book ever read: "Where The Red Fern Grows"
    Any other information you would like to share: 10 years of experience in healthcare administration, including hospital, management of hospital-employed multispecialty practices, and private orthopaedic surgery offices.

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Brene Brown
    "Cool is the emotional straightjacket. It makes us less available for connection which makes us less equipped for leadership roles."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Official: Obamacare coverage enrollment hits 3 million
    Reuters
    The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates.
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    Healthcare technology, mobile apps more important now than ever
    MedCity News
    It's looking to be the year of the consumer in health care, say leaders and visionaries in the industry. New healthcare technology, changes in the market and the Affordable Care Act will allow more consumers to bid good-bye to some of the most frustrating parts of a troubled healthcare system. Waiting hours to see the doctor, taking hand-written prescriptions to the pharmacy while sick, chasing down medical records, and being left in the dark about what care will cost are all inconveniences that will soon go the way of the phone booth.
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    Corporate asset protection: Shielding your practice from lawsuits, threats — Part II
    By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
    Given today's litigious society, where successful medical practrices are lawsuit targets from competitors, the government, clients, patients and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial. Unfortunately, most medical practices are not well protected and leave key assets, cash flows, and even the owner's interest in the business exposed. In this article, the second of two parts, we will explain common pitfalls and suggest tactics for better protecting key assets of the business or practice.
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    Survey: EHR incentive program is on track
    Healthcare IT News
    We continue to see progress in improving the nation's healthcare system, and a key tool to helping achieve that goal is the increased use of electronic health records by the nation's doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. These electronic tools serve as the infrastructure to implementing reforms that improve care — many of which are part of the Affordable Care Act. Doctors and hospitals are using these tools to reduce mistakes and hospital readmissions, provide patients with more information that enable them to stay healthy, and allow for rewarding healthcare providers for delivering quality, not quantity, of care.
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    Share Your Expertise with Your Fellow Members and Get Paid $100
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    Did you know that AAOE members can get paid to share their expertise with other readers of the AAOE weekly eNewsletter? AAOE will pay members $100 per article for each article that is accepted to be published in the newsletter.

    AMA questions vendor readiness for ICD-10
    Government Health IT
    Prominent among impending questions surrounding ICD-10 is whether or not technology makers will be ready, and the American Medical Association is among the groups to most recently express this concern.

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    Survey results identify drivers of doctor engagement
    HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
    The results of a survey from the Physician Wellness Services and Cejka Search have identified the key aspects of doctor engagement.

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    Study says hospital consolidation is good for patients and communities
    The Boston Globe
    A national study said growing consolidation in the hospital industry is bringing a range of benefits to patients and communities, including larger and more integrated health systems that are better able to contain costs and improve care. Funded by the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade group representing for-profit healthcare providers, the report contradicts other recent studies that found mergers drive up costs.
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    Little-known aspect of Medicaid now causing people to avoid coverage
    The Washington Post
    Add this to the scary but improbable things people are hearing could happen because of the new federal health-care law: After you die, the state could come after your house. The concern arises from a long-standing but little-known aspect of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage to millions of low- income Americans. In certain cases, a state can recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person’s assets.
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    Survey: ICD-10 preparedness lacking
    By Pamela Lewis Dolan
    As the deadline for switching to ICD-10 code sets inches closer, concern is growing that neither healthcare organizations nor insurers will be ready to go live by October. A survey by KPMG, a New York-based healthcare advisory firm, found the majority of health plans and providers have allocated budgets toward ICD-10 readiness and had completed impact assessments. But most had not yet conducted testing on their systems or determined how the conversion would impact revenue cycle and cash flow.
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    Court sends United Healthcare and physicians to mediation
    Medscape (Login may be required)
    A federal appeals court in New York City this week directed United Healthcare and two county medical societies in Connecticut to try settling a lawsuit filed by the societies after the insurer dropped thousands of physicians there from its Medicare Advantage network last year. The ultimate resolution of the case could affect physicians in other states who have been cut loose by United Healthcare in a cost-cutting move.
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