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Welcome to AAOE eNews!

On behalf of the 2011-2012 Member Communications Committee*, I want to welcome you to the inaugural issue of AAOE eNews!

At this time in our industry, keeping abreast of ever-changing rules and regulations is crucial. The Member Communications Committee has decided to begin providing education, organizational updates and topics of orthopaedic interest via a new format and on a more regular basis. This inaugural issue reflects how we are utilizing electronic media to better serve our members. The new AAOE eNews also allows AAOE more opportunities to provide education and networking to all of our members thanks to the generous support of our advertisers.

In this process, we were very cognizant about not losing the personal touch of the past AAOE newsletters and to that point, if you would like to get involved, please refer to our AAOE eNews Author Guidelines and reach out to us to express your interest. Remember this is your newsletter and the more we are able to share personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as highlight our successes, the more we are all able to gain insight into making ourselves the best orthopaedic practice executives that we can be! We encourage you to continue reading, and we promise that we will provide an opportunity for you to submit feedback after the first few issues to help us improve and grow to best fit the AAOE members' needs!

Thank you in advance for your involvement!

Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim
Chair of Member Communications Committee

*2011-2012 AAOE Member Communications Committee: Chair, Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim; Rebecca Hockaday; Kathleen R. Miller, CPA, MBA; Joe Ogle, PT, ATC; Kalen Privatsky, MBA, CMPE, ED; Donna Rizzio, AAOE Board of Directors Liaison; George Trantow, FACHE, and AAOE Communication Council Liaisons; Rebecca Dean, MA, FACMPE; Paul Kerens; and Dennis Viellieu


4 days left to participate in the AAOE Benchmarking Survey
AAOE Council/Committee Update: Benchmarking Committee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The AAOE Benchmarking Committee has extended the Benchmarking Survey submissions to March 30. Be sure to get involved and subsequently bring your survey data with you to the 2012 Annual Conference where William Pupkis will be hosting a breakout session advising how to turn your numbers into Practice Strategies. More

ddRElement™ - Providing Value Without Compromise

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Operation Walk USA
Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D., FACS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Operation Walk USA, a growing nonprofit organization of volunteer surgeons, has been created to provide pro bono surgical treatments to uninsured, underinsured, or poverty-stricken patients in the United States. The treatments are for those suffering from disabling arthritis and other debilitating bone and joint conditions, thus helping them return to employment and enjoyment of life. Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D., FACS, president of Operation Walk USA, encourages physicians to join in the second annual, Operation Walk on Dec. 7. More

Register for 2012 AAOE Annual Conference by April 6 to receive the early bird rate
AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We hope you will be joining us from May 20-22 in New Orleans for the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives 2012 Annual Conference. If you have not done so already, please be sure to register yourself and reserve your room in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Your staff is welcome to come as well at the member rate. More


Date Event More Information
March 30-31 2012 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Register
April 4
AAOE Webinar: The Big Five: The Five Critical Roles Marketing Communications Play in Supporting the Independent Orthopaedic Practice sponsored by AAOE and Orthopaedic Marketing Group Register
April 10
11AM-12:30PM CDT
AOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: ICD-10 Detail Coding Overview: Part One sponsored by AAOE and McKesson Register
April 19-22 2012 Annual C-Bones and COA Meetings Register
April 24
11AM-12:30PM CDT
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: ICD-10 Detail Coding Overview: Part Two sponsored by Transdyne Register
May 10-11 Ohio Association of Orthopaedic Executives Information
May 20-22 2012 AAOE Annual Conference Register
June 14 ILL BONES Meeting Information

Could You Be April's Fool?

The deadline for receiving the largest financial incentive for EHR from the federal government is fast approaching. Physicians in every specialty must be fully utilizing an EHR by October 1 to qualify. But based on the sheer volume of purchasers some will be left out. Could you be April’s Fool?


Everything I learned about leadership didn't come from a book
Dale Reigle, AAOE ListServ submission    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AAOE member Dale Reigle reflects on his early experience with team sports and group coursework concluding that "in retrospect I should have recognized sooner that those group/team projects were better suited to evaluating management skills than any test or paper that was based solely on what I could accomplish on my own. Not only that, but it was a precursor to most of the rest of my professional career." More

Book review: How to Win Friends & Influence People
George D. Trantow, FACHE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How to Win Friends & Influence People has been a classic self-help book for years. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies worldwide. Here is an executive summary for you and your physicians. More

Leadership Quote of the Week
Mohandas Gandhi    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts and deeds, and everything will be well."

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11 tips to help decrease radiation exposure
Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The minimization of radiation exposure should be a concern for spine surgeons and other medical professionals who use fluoroscopy for guidance during surgical procedures. Here are 11 tips to help minimize the radiation exposure to surgeons, assistants and the operating room staff during spine procedures. More

Patients becoming shoppers under high-deductible health plans
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More and more consumers are experiencing unpleasant cost surprises as employers shift to insurance plans that leave more of the decisions to patients. The theory is that they will shop around, saving money for everyone and slowing the rise in healthcare costs. The federal healthcare overhaul, which President Barack Obama signed two years ago, may be accelerating the trend. The pattern is not likely to change much even if the Supreme Court overturns the law; indeed, conservatives tend to favor these plans because they are market-driven and place more responsibility on the individual. More

US House votes to abolish Medicare cost panel
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new Medicare cost-control panel that Republicans said would lead to rationing care for the elderly was voted down by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican-led House voted, 223-181, to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law as a way to rein in soaring costs of the Medicare program for the elderly. More

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    Should surgeons postpone procedures for heavy drinkers?
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Surgeons could reduce recovery time and the likelihood of a repeat operation if they postpone procedures for patients who consume lots of alcohol to give them time to stop. That's the suggestion from a new study of 5,171 male patients of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The report indicates that patients who drink four or more glasses of alcohol a day have significantly higher post-surgical complication rates than those who drink moderately or not at all. More

    The #1 EHR in Orthopaedics

    More than 300 ChartLogic orthopaedic customers have already been paid for meaningful use. ChartLogic, the #1 EHR in Orthopaedics, was the first Certified EHR in the nation, yet ChartLogic EMR is still the easiest EMR to use. The ChartLogic complete EHR solution includes EMR, Practice Management, and Patient Portal. MORE

    Survey: Despite EHRs, healthcare still 'buried in paperwork'
    Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Even as more and more healthcare organizations are implementing EHR systems, many of them are not decreasing their reliance on paper-based processes, according to a new survey. More than half of the respondents say paper is still a primary source for tracking information within their organizations' daily activities, the study found, with respondents saying that paper is still too embedded in the culture, that technology adoption is too expensive and that switching to an electronic system requires too much training and disrupts care delivery. More

    TransDyne is the new standard in digital medical transcription service and electronic charting. TransDyne developed a system that electronically receives/sends dictations and medical transcriptions over the Internet to save time and money. MORE

    SurgiMate provides solutions to streamline and automate surgical scheduling at high volume surgical practices. Orthopaedic practices choose SurgiMate because it helps increase productivity, and manage their processes more efficiently and effectively. MORE

    3 pieces of ICD-10 conversion you should outsource — and 1 you cannot
    Government Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The timing of ICD-10 may still be up in the air, but eventually, the transition will call for myriad of changes, some of which organizations should consider outsourcing, and some they should not. Mark Williams, partner at PwC, breaks down, based on scale and skill, which pieces of the ICD-10 conversion healthcare organizations would be wise to consider outsourcing, as well as the one aspect that should not be left up to anyone else. More

    Orthopedic 'smart device' provides personalized medicine
    Ortho SuperSite    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Research presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco highlighted an implantable "smart sensor" capable of providing real-time information and diagnostic data about a patient's recent orthopedic surgery without the use of X-rays or invasive procedures. According to a news release, the technology could make postsurgical diagnosis and follow-up more precise, efficient and cost-effective. More

    EHR cost debate heats up
    Government Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Health IT alone is not the panacea for reducing healthcare costs systemwide, but it's "a very important and credible aspect," according to Justin Barnes, vice president government affairs at Greenway Medical Technologies. Barnes' comments come in response to the recent debate about whether physicians who view diagnostic images electronically are more apt to order follow-up tests, hence raising the cost of healthcare. More
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