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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • [Member submitted] Benchmarking survey broken down
  • Visit AAOE at the AAOS Annual Meeting, Booth #5421
  • Calendar of events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Committee member spotlight: Suzann Crowder, MBA, CMPE
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • AAOE Conference Highlights
  • Thank you to our current 2013 sponsors
  • Hilton sold out on Saturday Night, Stay at Omni and move on Sunday

  • Around the Industry
  • Republicans resume effort to repeal 'Obamacare'
  • CMS: Meaningful use EHR incentives hit $12.3 billion in February
  • Health reform success requires good incentives
  • Study pitches billions in multiyear Medicare savings
  • Moody's: Hospitals face dual threat if states don't expand Medicaid
  • Squeeze looms for doctors
  • ICD-10 date will stand, so get ready
  • Medicaid expansion is rejected in Florida




  • AAOE NEWS

    [Member submitted] Benchmarking survey broken down
    AAOE
    Have you ever been faced with questions about pay for call, the competitiveness of your benefit structure, the amount of your AR over a particular age, an average orthopedic surgeon's compensation? Most of us have experienced some, if not all, of these questions and more during our tenure as an Orthopedic Practice Executive. Your peer breaks down the benchmarking survey to easily explain why you should take the time to complete it.
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    Visit AAOE at the AAOS Annual Meeting, Booth #5421
    AAOE
    Your favorite orthopaedic association will be exhibiting at this year's AAOS Annual Conference (to be held March 20-22 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Come say "hi!" We'd love to see all of our attending members.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    March
    20-22
    3 days Exhibiting at the AAOS Annual Conference, Booth 5421 Register
    March 28 12 - 1 p.m. Strategic Marketing- Spend Less and Expect to Win [HTW], Register
    April 5-6 Full day Midwest AAOE Spring Conference Register
    April 28-30 3 Days AAOE 44th Annual Conference Register
    May 9 12 - 1 p.m. Current Trends in Orthopaedic Imaging [HTW] Forthcoming
    May 23 12 - 1:30 p.m. Patient/Customer Service for Staff [P2P] Forthcoming

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

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    AAOE LEADERSHIP


    Committee member spotlight: Suzann Crowder, MBA, CMPE
    AAOE
    Practice name: St. Charles Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, Inc.
    City/state: O’Fallon, Mo.
    Group size: 8
    Hobby: Reading, boating, golf, volunteer work
    Favorite quote: Depends on the day, many not suitable for publishing… However, Prayer of St Francis is what I would post below by signature if I did that sort of thing.
    Best book ever read: Recently I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Series, favorite classic is Jane Eyre
    Favorite movie: Unfortunately my movie experience tends to run towards the Disney level, Nemo being the favorite.
    Other information: My husband and I are victims of the recent local Boat show, we are the proud new owners of a 23 foot Monterey Sport boat and are very anxious for the boating season to arrive.

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    Leadership Quote of Week
    Thomas Edison
    "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
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    ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS


    Thank you to our current 2013 sponsors
    AAOE
    We are excited to recognize and thank our current 2013 conference sponsors. We could not hold such a great event without all of our wonderful sponsors! A big Thank You to:


    DJO Global
    Phoenix Ortho
    SRSsoft
    Somerset CPAs, P.C.
    McKesson
    Physician's Capital Investments, LLC
    Medstrat
    Capital Markets Access Company (CMAC)
    Nueterra Healthcare
    Viztek
    Block Imaging
    Intellisound
    Ossur
    EHR1
    Capson
    SurgiMate


    Want all of this recognition too?! There are still sponsorships available. Contact Liz Menos at 317-472-2544 or emenos@aaoe.net.

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    Hilton sold out on Saturday Night, Stay at Omni and move on Sunday
    AAOE
    There's no need to worry that the conference hotel is already sold out on Saturday, April 27. We have a plan to take care of you. Book your Saturday night stay at the Omni Hotel across the street, negotiated rate of $238, and transfer to the conference hotel, the Hilton Bayfront, on Sunday morning, April 28. We will set up arrangements for your luggage to be taken care of while dive into the conference activities. It's actually the best case scenario because the State Sponsored Receptions will be held at the Omni on Saturday night; you'll be there! Have questions? Contact us directly at 800-247-9699 or info@aaoe.net.
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    AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Republicans resume effort to repeal 'Obamacare'
    Los Angeles Times
    Republicans in Congress are renewing their political assault on the nation's new healthcare law, trying to repeal President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement as part of the next battle over the federal budget.
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    CMS: Meaningful use EHR incentives hit $12.3 billion in February
    Government Health IT
    With some healthcare providers now into their second year of meaningful use reporting, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments were estimated at $12.3 billion paid to a total of 219,000 physicians and hospitals through February since the program’s inception.
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    Health reform success requires good incentives
    MedPage Today
    Improperly aligned incentives could undermine healthcare reform efforts by being either ineffective or leading physicians to think more about economics and less about the patients' interest, according to a perspective article. Instead, reform-related incentives should focus not just on economic motivation but on an array of financial and nonfinancial incentives across the delivery system, stated the piece published in the March 14 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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    Study pitches billions in multiyear Medicare savings
    USA Today
    Medicare could save up to $30 billion over the next five years because of provisions in the 2010 health care law and if Congress implements recommendations by the bipartisan congressional commission created to monitor Medicare costs, according to the commission's annual report.
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    [Member submitted] Benchmarking survey broken down
    AAOE
    Have you ever been faced with questions about pay for call, the competitiveness of your benefit structure, the amount of your AR over a particular age, an average orthopedic surgeon's compensation?

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    Beyond physician employment: Growing referral streams with physician liaisons
    Becker's Hospital Review
    The trend of hospitals and health systems acquiring physician practices and employing physicians has surged in popularity recently.

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    States balk at $15 billion Obama healthcare 'tax'
    The Hill
    A newly unveiled component of President Barack Obama's healthcare law forcing insurers to pay annual fees is sowing angst in state capitols, where officials view the provision as a $15 billion tax that could disrupt Medicaid programs and other services.

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    Moody's: Hospitals face dual threat if states don't expand Medicaid
    Modern Heatlhcare
    Hospitals located in states that elect not to expand their Medicaid programs could find their bottom lines squeezed in the coming years as they're hit with higher charity-care costs and fewer insured patients. A report from Moody's Investors Service estimated that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to eliminate more than $17 billion in annual aid by 2019 when the government reduces its disproportionate-share hospital payments, which compensate facilities that treat large numbers of low-income patients.
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    Squeeze looms for doctors
    The Wall Street Journal
    U.S. medical schools are expanding to meet an expected need for more doctors due to the federal health law. With at least 12 new schools opening and existing ones growing, enrollment is on track to produce 5,000 more graduates a year by 2019. But medical educators are cautioning that those efforts won't do anything to alleviate a doctor shortage unless the number of medical residency positions rises as well. The number of federally funded residencies has been frozen since 1997.
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    ICD-10 date will stand, so get ready
    EHR Inelligence
    Healthcare experts still hoping for another ICD-10 reprieve appear to be out of luck, according to Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, who confirmed that the implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014 won't budge during a speech at HIMSS13. As if to reconfirm its commitment to the current date, CMS has been releasing a series of ICD-10 resources, including detailed timelines and updated implementation guides for practices looking for help.
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    Medicaid expansion is rejected in Florida
    The New York Times
    Rebuffing Gov. Rick Scott's support of Medicaid expansion, a Florida Senate committee on Monday rejected the idea, all but ending the possibility that the state would add more poor people to Medicaid rolls. But the Senate panel debating the expansion proposed a compromise: to accept the federal money but use it to put low-income people into private insurance plans.
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