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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Stop Meeting Madness! Plan Your Meeting
  • Did You Know?


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Keeping up with Conference
  • Socius Marketing


  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week


  • In Touch & In Tune with Our Exhibitors
  • HealthPort


  • Leadership in the Limelight
  • Barabara Sack, MHSA, CMPE


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • How following the standard of care can get you sued
  • What the SGR bill's merit-based pay means for health IT incentives
  • Why healthcare IT systems must be made to talk to one another
  • Patient EHR access can increase provider workloads
  • With 16 million in Obamacare, is the repeal debate over?
  • ICD-10: How to avoid these 5 costly problems
  • Can human-centered HIT design improve patient engagement?
  • Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Stop Meeting Madness! Plan Your Meeting
    Provided by AAOE
    The medical groups that achieve a higher level of meeting effectiveness devote time to planning their meetings.

    Meeting planning includes several steps:
      1. Establishing a Meeting Schedule.
      2. Setting Meeting Duration.
      3. Creating a useful Agenda.
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    Did You Know?
    Provided by AAOE
    In this new healthcare environment you may not want to stand out by "busting out" of the Medicare bell curve for evaluation and management (E&M) visits. The bell curve is a visual representation of the office visit codes with the assumption more visits will be coded in the middle and less visits coded as minimal or complex. Every practice should compare how their coding compares to the industry norm for their specialty. The link from AAPC below allows you to enter your practice information and compare your practice to other orthopaedic surgeons. If you are above or below the bell curve for coding you could be losing money by under-coding or subject yourself to an audit by over-coding without sufficient documentation of medical necessity. Many AAOE executives believe in annual chart audits to verify correct coding, medical necessity and documentation. These audits should include a written plan for the provider to improve the accuracy of their coding. The second reference provides a nice summary of a 7-Step Coding Compliance Plan. A good place to start is by comparing yourself to the Medicare bell curve.

    RESOURCES:
    http://www.aapcps.com/resources/em_utilization.aspx
    http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p17.html

    About the Author: George D. Trantow, FACHE served as AAOE President from 2013-2014. He is the Executive Director of Aspen Orthopedics in Basalt, Colorado. George also currently serves on the AAOE Board of Directors and AAOE Technology Committee.

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  • Continue to comply with Meaningful Use guidelines
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    April 1 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Advocacy Council Leadership Panel Discussion Details
    April 17-18 AOA Leadership Immersion Series — Module 1: Surviving Health Care Changes: Leaders Taking Strategic Action Details
    April 21 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Training for Success with ICD-10 for Sports Medicine Joint Related Services Details
    April 21 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM for the Sports Medicine and Joint Provider Details
    April 25-28 2015 AAOE Annual Conference in Chicago Details
    May 19 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Breaking down ICD-10 for Fracture Care Services Details
    May 19 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: Specific for Fracture Care Services Details
    June 16 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Getting a Strong Foothold for Foot & Ankle Care Services Details
    June 16 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: For the Foot & Ankle Clinicians Details
    July 21 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Speaking the Language of ICD-10 Medical Terminology Details
    July 21 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: Documenting Clearly for Successful ICD-10 Implementation Details
    Aug. 6-9 2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Aug. 18 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Arming Your Practice with Less Than 2 Months to "Go-Live" — What are you doing in your practice for final prep? Details
    Aug. 18 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar:ICD-10 CM: Comparing the Write Documentation for the Right ICD-10 Code Details
    Sept. 15 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 15 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 24-26 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 25-26 AOA Leadership Immersion Series – Module 4: Leading High Performing Teams Details
    Oct. 20 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: The ICD-10 Aftermath: Are Claims Being Processed or Denied? Strategy and Recovery Plans for Your Practice Details

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




    KEEPING UP WITH CONFERENCE


    Socius Marketing
    Provided by AAOE
    Socius Marketing is one of the largest healthcare-focused digital marketing firms in the country. Since 2006, our team has worked with many of the nation's premier healthcare providers, helping them to develop not just their online identity, but also powerful patient acquisition programs that consistently help to increase the census at their facilities. We have been able to constantly exceed client expectations by customizing the programs listed below to meet the needs of each individual organization, as well as the patients' needs in their journey to health.
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    LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK



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    IN TOUCH & IN TUNE WITH OUR EXHIBITORS


    HealthPort
    Provided by AAOE
    As a THANK YOU to our exhibitors, we will be highlighting at least one exhibitor each week in the newsletter! This will give YOU a better understanding of what to expect from the exhibitors we will have at the 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago and it will give them a chance to show their fun side, while giving you a preview of solutions that they will have ready for you in April! This week we put HealthPort on the hot seat...
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    LEADERSHIP IN THE LIMELIGHT


    AAOE Board Member Barbara Sack, MHSA, CMPE
    Provided by AAOE
    AAOE values the time and commitment our leadership puts into our organization. We would like to start featuring a member of the AAOE leadership each week. Watch out for posts on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, featuring our Leader in the Limelight!
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      STAFF ORTHOPEDIC CERTIFICATIONS FOR STAGE 2 REQUIREMENTS

    The American Society of Orthopedic Technologistsis offering three levels of Allied Staff Certification for orthopedic practices. All levels meet the meaningful use stage 2 requirement guidelines and includes initial orthopedic education, certification exam and continuing education. No travel required. Cost can be less than $100/year per employee registered. Read More

    Click Here to Register
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    How following the standard of care can get you sued
    Medscape
    Many doctors believe that following the standard of care in treating patients is ironclad protection against a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Not so, as a recent Medscape article by an emergency physician and attorney pointed out. "Although guidelines may help guide diagnosis and treatment of disease, their use is not limited to clinical purposes," the author wrote. "Guidelines may also be used by insurance companies to approve or deny payment. The nuances in the underlying purpose of guidelines highlight the importance of examining the intent of guidelines before offering them as evidence in a medical malpractice case."
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    What the SGR bill's merit-based pay means for health IT incentives
    Modern Healthcare
    The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House is wired to boost the use health information technology, even beyond electronic health records. The new Medicare framework for paying physicians would include a merit-based incentive payment system that would award bonuses and impose penalties based on whether physicians score above or below a certain threshold on quality measures, including meeting the requirements for the meaningful use of health IT.
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    Ten Things Every Orthopedic Practice Should Be Doing in the New Healthcare Environment
    Fulcrum Strategies
    The past few years have been increasingly difficult for healthcare providers. One of the many reasons is because physicians have focused almost exclusively on the delivery of care while the insurance companies have focused on the delivery of profits. Simply put, physicians are getting out-managed, and it’s time that we finally put an end to it. What follows is an important list of ten things that every orthopedic practice should be doing in the new healthcare environment. Written by a former managed care insider, these crucial points can help practices to better position themselves for success in 2015 and beyond.
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    Why healthcare IT systems must be made to talk to one another
    The Wall Street Journal
    Despite being our most information-intensive industry, and one that consumes 1 in 6 U.S. dollars, healthcare went digital slowly, reluctantly and only after some federal largess. Why? First, healthcare IT systems are clunky and massively disruptive. Second, the benefits of computerization often accrue to the insurers, while the costs are born by doctors and hospitals.
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    Patient EHR access can increase provider workloads
    Health Data Management
    Giving hospitalized patients access to their electronic health records during hospitalization increases provider workloads, but not as much as anticipated. That is the finding of a hospital-based study conducted at the University of Colorado in which 50 patients were provided with tablets during their hospital stays and were able to view their EHRs via a patient portal.
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    With 16 million in Obamacare, is the repeal debate over?
    NBC News
    The Republicans are facing a 16 million person problem. With the Obama administration announcing this month that some 16 million people have obtained health insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans' intense focus on completely repealing the law is increasingly looking unrealistic.
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    ICD-10: How to avoid these 5 costly problems
    Medscape
    The U.S. healthcare community is moving to ICD-10 in October 2015. There will be 70,000 choices of diagnosis codes alone, instead of a mere 16,000 choices currently available to describe a condition, illness, injury or symptom. Coders are delighted. Physicians, not so much. But despite the notice and preparation, there are things that could go amiss.
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    Can human-centered HIT design improve patient engagement?
    EHR Intelligence
    Patient engagement is a hot topic in the healthcare industry today and the federal government is pushing forward patient-centered care through meaningful use regulations. However, the question remains: how do providers engage their patients more in their physical health? Are basic patient portals enough?
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    Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
    By Rosemary Sparacio
    The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the healthcare law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states. Additionally, many Americans are still unaware of the penalty that will be assessed for those who have not signed up for coverage by April 15.
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