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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Share Your Expertise with Your Fellow Members and Get Paid $100
  • Join the Discussion — How the AAOE Listserv Can Benefit You
  • The Impact of MIPAA on Orthopaedic-Owned MRI
  • Capitol Hill Visits – Why you should be involved
  • AAOE Webinar: Washington DC Orthopaedic Healthcare Report

  • Compliance Corner
  • Is 'Non-Contributory' for Family History Acceptable?

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the Week
  • Don't Let Time Pass You By — REGISTER TODAY!

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Lawmakers unveil permanent 'doc fix' bill
  • Insurers face new pressure over limited doctor choice
  • US says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms
  • EHR incentive payments soar beyond $19 billion
  • CBO: Medicare growth to remain 'slower than usual'
  • HIPAA data breaches climb 138 percent
  • Making the most of ICD-10 preparations
  • MHPAEA: What is new under the final rules?




  • 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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    The Impact of MIPAA on Orthopaedic-Owned MRI
    AAOE
    The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPAA) requires that as of January 1, 2012, all non-hospital suppliers furnishing the technical component (TC) of advanced imaging services, must be accredited by a designated accreditation organization for purposes of reimbursement. This rule applies to MRI, CT, Nuc Med and PET.
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    Join the Discussion — How the AAOE Listserv Can Benefit You
    AAOE
    Membership in AAOE has its perks. As a member, you have access to Hot Topic and Peer to Peer webinars at no charge, access to the Live Learning Center, where you can view any webinar that has been presented and a subscription to the AAOE Listserv, among many other things. The top rated member benefit is the AAOE Listserv, where executives can get real time answers to the questions they have during their day to day operations. All it takes is a post!
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    Capitol Hill Visits — Why you should be involved
    AAOE
    It is not very often we personally have the opportunity to be part of the public policymaking process. Outside of voting for elected officials or on ballot initiatives, our routine involvement in the legislative process is mostly limited to what we read or see in the media. Yet, policy decisions made by our elected representatives can sometimes have long-term and unintended consequences that may unfavorably impact the practice of medicine and specifically, the management and efficient operation of orthopedic practices.
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    AAOE Webinar: Washington, DC Orthopaedic Healthcare Report
    AAOE
    Get a live update on what is going on in Washington, DC in this webinar, sponsored by McKesson, from industry expert Jamie Gregorian. By the end of the webinar, you will know what the final legislation will look like to replace the SGR with a more workable reimbursement model, how to level the playing field between doctors and market-dominant insurers, maintaining the ability of orthopaedic surgeons to provide in-office imaging and physical therapy and the 2014 and 2015 budgeting processes. If you can't make the webinar live, it is easier than ever to access the Live Learning Center. Simply go to www.aaoe.net and log in under "Member Login" and access the Live Learning Center — Just ONE step, just ONE sign-on, just ONE place to get the best education for orthopaedic executives! Click here to register for the webinar.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    Is 'Non-Contributory' for Family History Acceptable?
    AAOE
    Many providers have asked, "Is it acceptable to use the phrase 'noncontributory, unremarkable, or negative' to describe past family or social history?" This is an excellent question. In some cases, the past medical history is so significant that the family history may not seem relevant. This might be the case for a 98 year old with a 30+ year known history of CAD who is seen in the hospital by a cardiologist.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Feb. 13 12 - 1:30 p.m. Washington DC Orthopaedic Healthcare Report [P2P] Details
    Feb. 27 12 - 1 p.m. Don’t Let Compliance Keep You Up at Night! Maximize Your Time and Effort with These Tips & Tools [HTW] Details
    March 13 12 - 1:30 p.m. 2013 Where Am I? Only Benchmark Knows! [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 3 12 - 1 p.m. 2014 Orthopedic Coding Accuracy, Medical Necessity Documentation and Compliance Webinar Series — Webinar 1: Compliance Update Details
    April 4-5 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Details
    April 10 12 - 1 p.m. 2014 Orthopedic Coding Accuracy, Medical Necessity Documentation and Compliance Webinar Series — Webinar 2: Coding Accuracy and Medial Necessity Documentation Details
    April 17 12 - 1 p.m. 2014 Orthopedic Coding Accuracy, Medical Necessity Documentation and Compliance Webinar Series — Webinar 3: Risk Areas of NPP’s and "Incident To" Services Details
    April 24 12 - 1 p.m. 2014 Orthopedic Coding Accuracy, Medical Necessity Documentation and Compliance Webinar Series — Webinar 4: Straight Talk About Coding & Reimbursement Details
    April 25 AAOE Annual Conference Housing Deadline Details
    April 30 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. POSNA: 2014 Half-Day Pre-Course: Quality, Safety, Value: From Theory to Practice Management 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


    Don't Let Time Pass You By — REGISTER TODAY!
    AAOE
    The AAOE 2014 Annual Conference is fast approaching, and time is going by fast. Between your everyday duties at your practice and your home life, time can sometimes pass you by so quickly that you can hardly remember the days that have gone by. February is almost over and March will be here before you know it. The snow will be melting and the sun will be shining, but if you don't register before March 21, you will lose your chance to save $100 on your registration. Why put off for tomorrow what you can do TODAY!? You don't want to miss this amazing opportunity to network with your colleagues, receive some energizing education and rock out with Hari Karaoke at the opening reception. So don't wait another minute — REGISTER TODAY! Are you a new member as of May 2013? Are you a coder? Call AAOE at 800-247-9699 to get your personalized coupon code to save even more on your registration!

    NOTE: Last week, we announced several ways in which you could save money when coming to the conference. The discount code provided for United Airlines was, inadvertently, printed incorrectly. We apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused. *Reserve your flight early through United Airlines to receive a lower rate! Book your reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times and receive your discount by entering ZR2Z579167 in the Offer Code box.

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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Lawmakers unveil permanent 'doc fix' bill
    The Hill
    Committee leaders in the House and Senate have unveiled bipartisan legislation repealing Medicare's flawed physician payment system and giving doctors in the program a small pay raise. Known as a permanent 'doc fix,' the bill was introduced after more than a year of negotiations between parties in both chambers. Its central provisions repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and increase physician reimbursement rates by 0.5 percent annually for five years.
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    Insurers face new pressure over limited doctor choice
    The Wall Street Journal (Login required)
    Insurers are facing pressure from regulators and lawmakers about plans that offer limited choices of doctors and hospitals, a tactic the industry said is vital to keep down coverage prices in the new health law's marketplaces. Recently, federal regulators proposed a tougher review process for the doctors and hospitals in plans to be sold next year through HealthCare.gov, a shift that could force insurers to expand those networks.
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    US says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms
    Reuters
    The Obama administration reported what it called encouraging results from efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for more than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries under Obamacare. As part of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the efforts center around more than 360 accountable care organizations, which are networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers specially organized to help move Medicare away from traditional fee-for-service medicine.
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    EHR incentive payments soar beyond $19 billion
    Government Health IT
    Strong momentum continues for the meaningful use program as CMS revealed that it has disbursed more than $19 billion in reimbursement incentives. Indeed, there were 440, 998 registered providers participating in the federal electronic health record incentive program as of the end of 2013, with $19.2 billion paid out in incentives, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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    FEATURED ARTICLE
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    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.

    Avoid Making the News: Protect Your Patient's Credit Card Data
    AAOE
    Any consumer using credit cards, even occasionally, is likely to be concerned following the revelations made by several major department store chains in the U.S. that the cardholder data of their customers had been compromised.

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    The 2014 Healthcare Environment
    AAOE
    This article, written by Tom Ealey of Alma College offers some practical advice on proactive steps to reinforce business policies as the front desk, in light of the many changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act.

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    CBO: Medicare growth to remain 'slower than usual'
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Congressional Budget Office, in its new economic outlook report, said the recent slowdown in the growth of Medicare costs has been "broad and persistent," prompting a projection "that growth will be slower than usual for some years to come."
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    HIPAA data breaches climb 138 percent
    Healthcare IT News
    When talking HIPAA privacy and security, the numbers do most of the talking. Take 29.3 million, for instance, the number of patient health records compromised in a HIPAA data breach since 2009, or 138 percent, the percent jump in the number of health records breached just from 2012.
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    Making the most of ICD-10 preparations
    Healthcare IT News
    Before Catholic Health East merged with Trinity Health last spring to become one of the county's largest Catholic health systems, it was facing overwhelming challenges as it sought to prepare for ICD-10: They had a limited number of people and funds. What to do?
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    MHPAEA: What is new under the final rules?
    By Jessica Belle
    The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, or MHPAEA, requires that certain private and public healthcare insurance plans that offer mental health or substance use disorder benefits apply the same type of financial requirements and treatment limitations that the plan applies to medical and surgical benefits. The previous article in this series addressed to whom MHPAEA applied and explained the general parity rule mentioned above. This article explains what is new under the final rules recently issued.
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