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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week ...
  • Medical Necessity Documentation
  • How Confident Are You in Your Coding Accuracy?
  • April Webinar Series
  • 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Malpractice reform could benefit patients more than doctors
  • Progress made in patient privacy, but criminal attacks increasing
  • HHS' FY2014-2018 strategic plan prioritizes meaningful use of EHRs
  • Physician turnover rises as hospitals employ more docs
  • Survey: Health records hassle is top area of doctor dissatisfaction
  • Infographic: How much do doctors really earn?
  • Doctors say Obamacare rule will stick them with unpaid bills
  • New Health Policy Brief: Transitioning to ICD-10




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Medical Necessity Documentation
    AAOE
    When it comes to Medical Necessity Documentation (MND) for elective surgical procedures, subjectivity is hurting the provider's bottom line. Medical Necessity Documentation is pretty clear cut, it is either in the patient's chart or it is not.
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    How Confident Are You in Your Coding Accuracy?
    AAOE
    Take this short quiz to identify your coding accuracy, medical necessity documentation and compliance related risk. If you are not completely confident in your answers to these questions, this upcoming 4- Part Webinar series is for you! You will not only get the answers you’re looking for, obtain handouts and obtain tips that will help you optimize reimbursement, reduce your denial rates and decrease your compliance related risk factors.
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    April Webinar Series
    AAOE
    Starting on April 3, 2014, AAOE will be hosting a 4-part webinar series entitled 2014 Orthopedic Coding Accuracy, Medical Necessity Documentation and Compliance, sponsored by Specialty Healthcare Advisors. In a constantly changing healthcare industry, it is necessary for Orthopedic Surgeons, their Practice Management Executives along with their biller & coders to be updated with the most recent coding, clinical documentation and reimbursement requirements available. Medicare and other commercial payers continue to target certain surgical procedures for Pre and Post-payment review and tougher Local Coverage Determination's (LCD's) by Medicare MACs are adversely affecting procedure coverage. REGISTER, reserve a conference room and tell your staff to join you for this important series!
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    AAOE 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application
    AAOE
    AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference will be in Chicago, IL from April 25-28, 2015 and we want to hear from you, our members! We are looking for session topic submissions that will help your peers in their day-to-day activities. Industry experts who are successful in all areas of learning should submit session ideas by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Please submit sessions in the following areas:
    • Business Development
    • Coding
    • Finance
    • Governance/Leadership
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Operations
    • Physician/Provider
    • Quality/Risk Management
    • Regulatory Compliance/Legislation
    Help shape AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference and submit your session ideas by Wednesday, April 30, 2014. If you would like to print the application, you can do so here.

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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 8 12 - 1:30 p.m. A Meaningful Review of Stage 2 Objectives for Orthopaedics [P2P] Details
    May 22 12 - 1 p.m. An Analysis of Orthopedic Claims [HTW] Details
    May 31- June 3 AAOE Annual Conference Details
    June 12 12 - 1:30 p.m. Beyond HIPAA — Security Risks in Healthcare IT Details
    June 26 12 - 1 p.m. Technology Solutions to Mitigate Revenue Cycle Challenges for Orthopaedic Practices Details
    July 10 12 - 1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Part II Webinar Series - Webinar 1: Fracture Care Reporting Details
    July 17 12 - 1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Part II Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Joint Diseases and Disorders Details
    July 24 12 - 1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Part II Webinar Series — Webinar 3: Foot and Ankle Details
    July 31 12 - 1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Part II Webinar Series – Webinar 4: Preparing the Providers, Medical Assistants and Scribes Details
    July 31- Aug. 3 2014 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executive Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 12-14 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Oct. 2-4 2014 Midwest AAOE Fall Meeting Details
    Aug. 6-9 2015 2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 24-26 2015 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details

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


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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Malpractice reform could benefit patients more than doctors
    Forbes
    The U.S. medical malpractice system is broken. It frequently does not punish doctors who need punishing, while levying fines against doctors who did nothing wrong. And this dreadfully inaccurate system still manages to take almost five years, on average, to settle claims. Experts have been promoting a type of reform known as "safe harbor rules," which would shield physicians from lawsuits in cases where they were known to be following accepted clinical guidelines.
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    Progress made in patient privacy, but criminal attacks increasing
    By Pamela Lewis Dolan
    The number of data breaches has declined slightly over the past year. But the state of patient privacy and data protection is not good, according to the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. Data breaches cost healthcare organizations an average of $2 million over a two-year period, according to the survey. This is down from $2.4 million a year ago. While employee negligence is responsible for the largest number of breach incidents, the number of breaches caused by malicious attacks has increased 100 percent over the past four years.
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    HHS' FY2014-2018 strategic plan prioritizes meaningful use of EHRs
    Clinical Innovation & Technology via iHealthBeat
    The HHS released its fiscal years 2014-2018 strategic plan, which highlights the meaningful use of health IT as a way to improve population health and health care outcomes, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports. Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers that demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
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    Physician turnover rises as hospitals employ more docs
    Dallas Business Journal
    As more doctors become employees of hospitals and hospital systems, physician turnover is likely to become a bigger problem, and physician vacancy rates and how to deal with them a bigger issue. That's one conclusion from a new survey from Staff Care, the temporary staffing company affiliated with Irving-based physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins. The survey examines trends in temporary physician staffing.
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    FEATURED ARTICLE
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    MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
    Medical Necessity Documentation
    AAOE
    When it comes to Medical Necessity Documentation (MND) for elective surgical procedures, subjectivity is hurting the provider's bottom line. Medical Necessity Documentation is pretty clear cut, it is either in the patient's chart or it is not.

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    read more
    AAOE 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application
    AAOE
    AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference will be in Chicago, IL from April 25-28, 2015 and we want to hear from you, our members! We are looking for session topic submissions that will help your peers in their day-to-day activities.

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    Electronic Communications — Part 1
    AAOE
    Many administrators have asked us about electronic communications, more specifically about third party email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and others. This is part one of a two part article series.

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    Survey: Health records hassle is top area of doctor dissatisfaction
    U.S. News & World Report
    No one, including 80 percent of doctors recently surveyed, wants to go back to the days when illegible handwriting could lead to mistakes in paper records, records that often could not be located when and where they were most needed. But a recent report on physician satisfaction undertaken by the Rand Corporation with the support of the American Medical Association came up with the surprising finding that hassles with electronic health records were one of the top two areas of dissatisfaction among doctors.
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    Infographic: How much do doctors really earn?
    MedCity News
    The information in this infographic puts the high U.S. physician salary touted by the mainstream media and political policy makers in perspective with other countries when time spent providing care is considered. However, the data presented in this infographic also address the important issue of training debt that currently averages about $300,000 for U.S. physicians
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    Doctors say Obamacare rule will stick them with unpaid bills
    Kaiser Health News
    Doctors groups fear their members won't get paid because of an unusual 90-day grace period for government-subsidized health plans and are urging physicians to check patients' insurance status before every visit. "This puts the physician and their patients in a very difficult situation," said Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association, which advised physicians about how to minimize their risk.
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    New Health Policy Brief: Transitioning to ICD-10
    Health Affairs
    A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looks at an important change expected in the American health system later this year: the transition to the ICD-10 coding system by all health providers for diagnoses and inpatient procedures. ICD stands for the International Classification of Diseases, which is maintained by the World Health Organization. The ICD system, which began in the nineteenth century, is periodically revised to incorporate changes in the practice of medicine.
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