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Friday, April 6: Last day for early bird registration
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Don't forget: In order to save $100 on your AAOE 2012 Annual Conference registration rate, you need to be registered by April 6. We hope you will be joining us from May 20-22 in New Orleans. If you have not done so already, please be sure to reserve your room in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. More

Trying to keep track of your doctors' MOC requirements?
Take the 1st step: Make sure they register

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The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery has announced a new requirement. All orthopaedic surgeons should be registered as participants in the Maintenance of Certification program. Information and instructions can be found online at as well as here.

Nominate an orthopaedic surgeon for the 2013 AAOS Diversity Award
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Recognize a colleague or mentor for their commitment to diversity in orthopaedics through actions such as: staffing clinics that provide musculoskeletal care to underserved patient populations, taking a leadership role to eliminate health disparities in your community, practicing culturally competent care or mentoring diverse ethnic and/or female students to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery. Visit to complete your colleague's nomination for the AAOS Diversity Award before June 15. More

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Date Event More Information
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 AAOE and 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
June 14 AAOE Webinar: Tips for Successfully Monitoring Your Orthopaedic Providers’ Services sponsored by AAOE and The Coding Network Register


Education Council encourages involvement in Peer-to-Peer Audio Conferences
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The AAOE Education Council realizes the demands on practice administrators and would like to offer support in the form of peer-to-peer audio conferences. Whether joining them for a session as a participant, offering a topic and/or sharing your experience as a speaker for future audio conferences, the Education Council would like to encourage you to consider how this AAOE member benefit can help you. More

Optimizing EMR system for your orthopaedic practice
Joseph J. Greene MS, ATC and Shari Khaja MS, ATC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Orthopaedic practices of all types are being confronted with how they will implement and optimize a new electronic medical record system. How a practice deals with the implementation is critical from both a patient care and financial standpoint due to the substantial cost and human resources needed for deployment. More

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?

Committee Member Spotlight: Karen Sollar, CMPE
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Get to know a bit about one of your fellow AAOE members: 

Name: Karen Sollar, CMPE 
Involvement in AAOE: AAOE Annual Conference Committee Chair 
Practice Name: Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates
City/State: San Francisco, Calif. 
Group Size: 22 full-time physicians 
Hobby: A combination of exercise, relaxation, friends and shopping. My husband is a musician, so music is a large part of my life. 
Words to live by: Don't wish your life away by wishing it was Friday. It goes by fast enough already. 
Best book ever read: A children's book, "Charlotte's Web" 
Favorite movie: "Saturday Night Fever"

Leadership Quote of the Week
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"You cannot dream yourself into a character;
you must hammer and forge yourself one."

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Merge Healthcare: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Orthopaedics
Merge Healthcare’s new webinar outlines the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) rules and describes how they will specifically affect orthopaedic practices. Watch this webinar to learn more about the upcoming MU timeline, how to adopt an MU strategy, and how you can streamline workflow and improve patient care.


FDA sends warning letters to California orthopedic, spine device companies
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Two Murrieta, Calif.-based medical device companies have received warnings from the Food and Drug Administration for a lack of quality control over the manufacturing or assembling process. The FDA found that Orthopedic Alliance was not in conformity with the "current good manufacturing practice requirements of the Quality System regulation." Spinal Solutions was cited for several violations, including failure to establish quality audits and failure to maintain procedures to control a product that does not conform to specific requirements. More

Criminal background checks provide patchwork protection against rogue doctors
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Driving under the influence, tax evasion, fraud, battery and sexual assault. These are some of the charges that have been revealed in criminal background checks of physicians by medical boards around the country. Often the doctors in question try to hide their criminal past, but that has become increasingly difficult. During the last 15 years, concerns over public safety have led to many state medical boards being given authority to investigate as a condition of licensure whether doctors have a criminal history. But how that authority is used varies from state to state. More

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    Medicare budget debate comes down to who does trimming
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    This year's debate over the future of Medicare comes down to who wields the knife. Both political parties are proposing to cut the $500 billion-a-year healthcare program for the elderly. They disagree as to how. Republicans want to rely on the marketplace, saying competition can be harnessed to drive down costs. Democrats say a panel of experts, created in the Obama administration's 2010 healthcare overhaul, should decide how to wring savings from the program. More

    Regardless of Supreme Court ruling, reform under way
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    Will health leaders revamp their organizations if the constitutionality of the individual mandate portion, or even if the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are rejected by the Supreme Court? Will they, perhaps, cancel expansion plans needed to take care of 30 million newly insured, or withdraw resources from improving patient experience scores? No. Not at all, several said, after hearing portions of the arguments. Whatever the Supreme Court decides will have little effect on current reform trajectories already under way. More

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    Survey: More doctors work part-time, flexible schedules
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A recent survey found that 22 percent of male physicians and 44 percent of female physicians worked less than full time in 2011, up from 7 percent of men and 29 percent of women from the 2005 survey. Two of the fastest-growing physician demographics — men near the end of their careers and women at the beginning or middle — are the most likely to demand part-time or flexible work schedules, according to experts in physician recruitment. More

    Nurse shortage to re-emerge
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    Although the nursing shortage has temporarily ended, healthcare providers need to utilize existing nurses as efficiently as possible, as the shortage will re-emerge as the U.S. economy improves, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that the number of full-time nurses increased by about 386,000 from 2005 to 2010. But while the economy picks up, the mostly married, female nursing workforce will quit, go back to part-time or retire — restoring the need for more nurses. More

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