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AAOE News
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Scott Lilly
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • Common coding mistakes for orthopaedic and pain management in ASCs
  • Study: Checklists may help avoid surgery oversights
  • Growing pains as doctors' offices adopt electronic records
  • HMO-like plans may be poised to make comeback in online insurance markets
  • HIPAA final rule raises fines for noncompliance
  • Medicare quality reporting penalty expected to strike most physicians
  • Hospitals super-sizing equipment for obese patients
  • New norovirus bug sweeps nation




  •  AAOE NEWS


     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Jan. 31 12-1:30 p.m. Legislative Hot Topics Discussion [P2P] Register
    Feb. 14 12-1 p.m. Meaningful Use for Orthopaedists: Moving to Stage 2 [W] Coming soon
    Feb. 28 12-1:30 p.m. Meaningful Use: Getting Started and Basic Quality Measures [P2P] Coming soon
    March 14 12-1 p.m. Social Media: Turning Patients into Practice Promoters [W] Coming soon
    March 28 12-1:30 AAOE Patient/Customer Service for Staff [P2P] Coming soon
    April 5-6 Full day Midwest AAOE Spring Conference Register

       [P2P]: AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference
       [W]: Webinar


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     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight: Scott Lilly
    AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Committee: State committee chair
    Practice name: Ventura Orthopedics Medical Group, Inc.
    Location: Ventura, Calif.
    Group size: 14 surgeons, 2 PA's, 13 therapists
    Hobby: Running, baking, gardening, bridge and reading
    Favorite quote: "Every organization is perfectly alined with the results it gets."
    Best book ever read: "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum (recently read)
    Favorite movie: All of the Star Wars series; also, Back To The Future
    Any other information: May the Force be with you.


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Gloria Gaynor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "I will survive."


    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


    Common coding mistakes for orthopaedic and pain management in ASCs
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Procedural coding errors can lead to lost revenue or unintentional upcoding at ambulatory surgery centers. Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, is the president and owner of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Ellis Medical Consulting, and Lolita M. Jones, RHIA, CSS, is an independent coding and billing consultant. Jones and Ellis elaborate on seven trouble areas for coding orthopedic and pain management procedures. More

    Study: Checklists may help avoid surgery oversights
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Having step-by-step checklists on hand may help doctors and nurses manage emergencies in the operating room, a new study suggests. In situations when a person's heart stops beating on the operating table or a patient begins bleeding uncontrollably, those lists can save time and brainpower, researchers said. More



    Growing pains as doctors' offices adopt electronic records
    NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Information technology has transformed much of the American economy, but its use in health care still lags, especially when it comes to electronic medical records. There is a digital disconnect that's holding healthcare back, says Dr. Art Kellermann, a policy analyst with the Rand Corp. He says the ability for doctors to easily share information is the exception in the United States, not the rule. More

    HMO-like plans may be poised to make comeback in online insurance markets
    Kaiser Health News and USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's back to the future for insurers, which plan to sharply limit the choice of doctors and hospitals in some policies marketed to consumers under the health law, starting next fall. Such plans, similar to the HMOs of old, fell into disfavor with consumers in the 1980s and 1990s, when they rebelled against a lack of choice. More

    HIPAA final rule raises fines for noncompliance
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The HIPAA omnibus final rule released by the Department of Health & Human Services will cost hospitals some time and money in regulation analysis, training and policy revision, but shouldn't break the bank, healthcare leaders and privacy and security experts say. The HIPAA "mega rule," so-called by some in the industry, represents the largest set of modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules to date. More


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    Medicare quality reporting penalty expected to strike most physicians
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians could lose up to a total of $1.3 billion a year from their Medicare pay by not satisfactorily reporting quality measures to the program, researchers determined in an analysis of reporting trends. The loss would be the result of hundreds of thousands of physicians and other health professionals not participating in, or not meeting criteria for, the Medicare physician quality reporting system. More

    Hospitals super-sizing equipment for obese patients
    The Indianapolis Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Hospitals are getting super-sized. Waiting room chairs are being built with wrought iron for heavy patients. Wheelchairs and beds are made to sustain extra weight. And toilets are being mounted to the floor, not the wall. In response to America's obesity epidemic, healthcare facilities nationwide are making accommodations to make sure they can take care of their heaviest patients. More

    New norovirus bug sweeps nation
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As if this year's robust flu season weren't enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a new strain of the vomiting disease norovirus has reached the USA from Australia. In December, the bug, which causes nausea, forceful vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, accounted for 58 percent of outbreaks of norovirus nationally. More
     

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