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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week ...
  • How Confident Are You in Your Coding Accuracy?
  • Be the Change
  • 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application
  • Listserv Hot Topics: ICD-10 Preparation

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the Week
  • No Foolin' — Save $100 on Your Conference Registration TODAY

  • Leak of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • The physician alignment strategy you need to adopt
  • What to look for in a front office staff
  • GAO: CMS should expand Medicare physician performance benchmarks
  • Hiring, performance and learning strategies for healthcare
  • Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in healthcare
  • Is technology costing doctors time with their patients?
  • The puzzle of medical malpractice payouts
  • ICD-10: Painful to implement, painful to delay




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    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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    Be the Change
    AAOE
    2013-2014 AAOE leadership council and committee terms will conclude on June 3, 2014. This means that there will be leadership positions available for all committees and councils. AAOE needs many committed volunteers to help the organization grow and evolve. Come join us and bring your experience, knowledge, and excitement! Find out how to be a member of AAOE leadership here.
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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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    Listserv Hot Topics: ICD-10 Preparation
    AAOE
    Few topics have created as much anxiety in medical practices throughout the United States as does the subject of ICD-10. Based on recent responses on the AAOE List Serve, this is true in the field of orthopedics as well. While many are awaiting the computer upgrades they need to fully evaluate their readiness, others acknowledge that the preparedness of out of practice stakeholders is more worrisome. Here is a summary of some of the recommendations made by our peers through the List Serve as we prepare for the conversion to ICD-10. To find out how you can join the conversation, call AAOE at 800-247-9699.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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




    LEAK OF THE WEEK


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    AAOE
    This is no April Fool! Register for the conference TODAY and receive $100 off your registration fee. Simply enter the code "NOFOOL" and $100 will be taken off your registration when you are paying. REGISTER today!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Tony Blair
    "The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    The physician alignment strategy you need to adopt
    Healthcare Finance News
    In today's healthcare environment, improving the performance of employed physician practices is essential. As hospitals align with physicians, starting with employed physicians is a good first step since they both serve the same population. Some hospitals consider employment as a method in achieving greater hospital-physician alignment. But simply employing a physician isn't enough.
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    What to look for in a front office staff
    By Charlotte Bohnett
    As a clinic director or owner, you know that strategic hiring plays a key role in the success of your practice. But are you applying this knowledge to your front office staff hires? Failure to devote time and resources to your small business hiring strategy for nonclinical positions is a common mistake for even the most talented of clinicians in private practice. And this common mistake can adversely affect your business — not only in terms of patient satisfaction, but also in terms of your bottom line. After all, communication breakdowns between the front office and clinicians can result in a malpractice claim.
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    GAO: CMS should expand Medicare physician performance benchmarks
    Health Data Management
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could learn a lot from private entities who are using multiple benchmarks to assess the performance of Medicare physicians, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a new report, GAO recommended that CMS consider expanding performance benchmarks to include state or regional averages, and disseminating feedback reports more frequently than the current annual distribution.
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    Hiring, performance and learning strategies for healthcare
    Healthcare Talent Management
    Physician recruitment is only going to become more and more difficult as the demand for physicians increases each year. According to the Annals of Family Medicine, the United Stated will need 260,687 primary care physicians by 2025, which is an increase of 51,880 more positions to fill in about 12 years. That number is a little intimidating. So here are some ways to make your physician recruitment process a bit easier.
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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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    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!

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    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.

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    Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in healthcare
    The Washington Post
    The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal officials confirmed that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, March 31, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.
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    Is technology costing doctors time with their patients?
    Healthline
    New technologies have helped doctors diagnose and treat people more quickly, freeing them up to spend more time on their most complex cases. But many physicians argue that some technological advances have had the opposite effect and are actually costing them face time with their patients.
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    The puzzle of medical malpractice payouts
    Forbes
    The folks at Diederich Healthcare have just published their annual compilation of medical malpractice payouts reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. It is compulsory to report to the NPDB, within 30 days, notice of any payout that follows a written demand of payment sent to a medical practitioner. It's important to note that NPDB data doesn't cover all medical malpractice payouts (for example, suits filed solely against hospitals (which aren't "practitioners") aren't included — nor are payouts that follow purely verbal requests or that take place during some mediations (if no written "demand" has been made).
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    ICD-10: Painful to implement, painful to delay
    InformationWeek
    If the implementation of ICD-10 diagnosis codes is delayed by an act of Congress, as seems likely, doctors may be spared a headache — but healthcare CIOs will gain one. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had set forth a firm Oct. 1 deadline for the implementation of a new and vastly expanded system of diagnosis and insurance billing codes, a transition that has been in the works since the 1990s and had been pushed back repeatedly.
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