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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Stop Meeting Madness!!! The Meeting Manager
  • Did you know?


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Keeping up with Conference
  • Chicago Discounts
  • SRS Soft


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


  • In Touch & In Tune with Our Exhibitors
  • Pulse Systems, Inc.


  • Leadership in the Limelight
  • Board Member Mona Reimers, CPC, FACMPE


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • The SGR fix: What does it mean for hospitals and health systems?
  • Poor communication tech negatively affects population health management
  • The best and worst states for doctors in 2015
  • 7 job-search mistakes of new physicians
  • 5 reasons not to fear the scope of practice shift
  • What can patients do in the face of physician conflict of interest?
  • Millennials, Gen Xers leading change in healthcare over seniors, boomers
  • Conservatives push for fully paid 'doc fix' deal




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Stop Meeting Madness!!! The Meeting Manager
    Provided by AAOE
    "Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking." — Clement Atlee

    Tools
    If you've followed our recommendations included in the last several articles you now have important tools in place that can dramatically improve group meeting performance:
    1. Ground rules.
    2. Meeting schedule.
    3. Appropriate meeting start time.
    4. Agenda with topics and times.
    Now it is time to put into place possibly the most important piece of the puzzle to improve group meetings — the "Meeting Manager." The "Meeting Manager" is the most critical person in regards to how well meetings operate.
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    Did you know?
    Provided by AAOE
    Did you know... that orthopaedic surgery, spine, physiatry, and sports medicine are all grossly underrepresented within the PQRS measures? Unless you are brand new to your role within Orthopaedics or you have been living under a rock the last 5 years, you no doubt find the increasing requirements for PQRS measures to be difficult. Beyond the technical problems with reporting PQRS and tracking your progress throughout the year, our specialty is troubled with finding applicable measures to report on.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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


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    KEEPING UP WITH CONFERENCE


    Chicago Discounts
    Provided by AAOE
    The AAOE 2015 Annual Conference is less than three weeks away! The AAOE Annual Conference will be hosted at the Hilton Chicago hotel off of Michigan Avenue. We’ve listed below a few discounts, special offers, events, and free tourist attractions you can use while in town for the 2015 Annual Conference. We can’t wait to see you there!
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    SRS Soft
    Provided by AAOE
    SRS is the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for orthopaedic practices. With 20 years of industry experience, unmatched implementation success, extensive industry and meaningful use expertise, and top-rated US-based customer service and support, it is no wonder that SRS has more happy orthopaedic clients than any other EHR.
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    LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK



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    IN TOUCH & IN TUNE WITH OUR EXHIBITORS


    Pulse Systems, Inc.
    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 Pulse Systems, Inc. on the hot seat...
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    LEADERSHIP IN THE LIMELIGHT


    Board Member Mona Reimers, CPC, FACMPE
    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
      Pulse Ortho EHR & Billing Services

  • Customizable services to meet your workflow.

  • Orthopaedic case studies available at the booth.

  • Click here to discover the Truth about Billing and Collections Services.
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    The SGR fix: What does it mean for hospitals and health systems?
    Hospitals & Health Networks
    The SGR fix is not just about replacing an unpopular physician compensation formula; it's about raising the stakes for clinically integrated networks of physicians, allied health professionals and their business partners to take on payer-sponsored risk.
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    Poor communication tech negatively affects population health management
    FierceHealthIT
    More than 70 percent of healthcare providers say ineffective communication technology wastes valuable time, according to a recent survey for PerfectServe conducted by Harris Poll. For the survey, 955 healthcare professionals were asked about the technologies they use to communicate with patients and their care team, as well as the impact those tools have on their time management and performance.
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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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    The best and worst states for doctors in 2015
    Forbes
    As the medical field continues to adapt to new technologies, regulations, and the needs of a changing population, personal finance site WalletHub took a look at which states provide the friendliest professional environments to white-coated professionals. At the top of the list? South Carolina, which claims the "least punitive" medical board in the country.
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    7 job-search mistakes of new physicians
    Medscape
    Each year, tens of thousands of final-year residents and fellows start looking for their first job. They have to deal with thousands of job openings, decide what kind of job they want, focus on a particular offering, and negotiate a contract. This is a tough challenge for new physicians, who often have little background in the business of medicine.
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    5 reasons not to fear the scope of practice shift
    Healthcare Finance News
    A perfect storm is building in healthcare: retiring doctors, growing provider shortages, and the population shift toward longer life (and more chronic conditions). These concerns have driven some creative responses, and chief among is a change in what it means to be a "doctor" or a "nurse" by broadening caregiver roles and responsibilities.
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    What can patients do in the face of physician conflict of interest?
    Health Affairs
    Trust has always been essential to medical care. Of what use are the best communication skills, physician empathy, or clinical knowledge if patients don't trust the advice and information that their doctors give them? Even the most psychologically disturbed or misanthropic TV doctor — from Doc Martin to Gregory House — can always be trusted to put his patients first; this is precisely because this trustworthiness is so central to our understanding of being a physician.
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    Millennials, Gen Xers leading change in healthcare over seniors, boomers
    By Scott E. Rupp
    Millennials and Gen Xers are a population segment harboring and bringing about advances in healthcare technology. They are also altering the delivery of healthcare and insurance, according to new research offered up by PNC Healthcare. The trends identified in a survey of more than 5,000 people show that millennials, specifically, are impacting healthcare systems as we know them. They seek more speed and more knowledge before they buy, and they want to know the costs and other points.
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    Conservatives push for fully paid 'doc fix' deal
    Roll Call
    Momentum is building among conservative senators to scrap an exemption from budget laws in the House-passed "doc fix" deal, a move that would pressure Congress to offset $141 billion of the package's cost not currently paid for later this year, outside groups say. A Senate conservative aide said senators are considering offering an amendment to require the bill (HR 2) to be fully offset.
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