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AAOE board of directors: Cast your vote by April 23
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The 2012 Elections Council members encourage you to take this opportunity to vote for your board of directors.

To ensure the security and validity of the election, you must go to the AAOE website, and click on the green "AAOE Leadership Opportunities" button on the left menu where you will be asked to log in. After logging in, please click on the first link — "AAOE 2012/2013 Elections Council Final Nominees" — where you will be able to access more information on the nominees (including profiles and interviews) as well as the survey.

If you prefer, you may fill out this ballot and return to AAOE via email to Addy Kujawa at or fax at 847-823-4921. Please note that you must fill out the bottom of the form in its entirety for the ballot to be valid.

AAOE Benchmarking Survey:
New high for participation and why you need it

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The AAOE Benchmarking Committee is proud to announce that 124 practices completed the benchmarking report for this year. Additionally, 85 practices began the survey, but did not complete it before the deadline. Interested in seeing a sample of what the summary page will look like? Click here. Regardless of your involvement, all are encouraged to utilize this tool. More

Just over 1 month away from the AAOE Annual Conference
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We are so excited for the 2012 Annual Conference in New Orleans, and we hope you are, too. It will be here before we know it. If you haven't registered, there is still time to get on board so we can see you at the conference and aboard the Steamboat Natchez on May 20. More

ddRElement™ - Providing Value Without Compromise

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Date Event More Information
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
11AM-12:30PM CDT
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Web Development & Information Technology in Orthopaedics sponsored by AAOE and Omedix 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


AAOE Technology Task Force enhances AAOE Listserv
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The AAOE Technology Task Force encourages you to consider referencing the valuable information shared daily via the LYRSIS and DROPBOX options. More

AAOE Listserv organization
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For step-by-step instructions on how to differentiate the AAOE Listserv from your other emails, click here. You may also access these instructions by logging in as a member to, selecting Listserv, then selecting "To Filter Posts."

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?

AAOE Listserv highlight
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Expanding on the topic of the AAOE Listserv, the Technology Task Force acknowledges that sometimes topics shared on the Listserv can be off-topic and can empathetically serve as comedic relief. Access an example video here.

Book Review: It's Your Ship, Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
Spencer Mills, MA, MBA, CMPE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In his book, Capt. Michael Abrashoff tells the story of a dramatic turnaround in performance and crew morale abroad the USS Benfold, a guided missile destroyer. While the military and healthcare may seem dissimilar, the ability to manage people well and achieve consistent results is vital in today's changing economic environment. Healthcare leaders could transform the culture of their clinics along the lines envisioned in the story of Benfold, making "it's your clinic" the new maxim for a revitalized workplace. More

Leadership Quote of the Week
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"Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow."

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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.


Search is on to cure EHR alert fatigue
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Almost every physician who has typed orders into an electronic health record or e-prescribing system probably has experienced so-called alert fatigue — the frustration of warning after warning popping up before that order is accepted. The alerts are designed to inform physicians of possible patient safety issues, but their frequency and often lack of necessity make them the electronic equivalent of the boy who cried wolf. More

Healthcare hustle: Patients caught in middle of high-stakes numbers game
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VideoBrief It is one of the biggest and most overlooked factors in the rising cost of healthcare. According to government estimates, fraud in programs like Medicare and Medicaid costs taxpayers $80 billion a year, with some estimates as high as twice that amount. A federal fraud crackdown — some of it mandated by the Affordable Care Act — has made a dent in the problem, but the record $4.1 billion recovered in 2011 is a small fraction of the total. More

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    CMS unveils 27 Medicare ACOs
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    CMS announced its long-awaited list of 27 accountable care organizations under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, as well as five Advance Payment ACOs. The 27 Medicare ACOs will serve an estimated 375,000 beneficiaries in 18 states. Coupled with the 32 Pioneer ACOs and six Physician Group Practice Transition Demonstration organizations that both started in January, the total 65 ACOs will serve 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries, CMS said in a statement. More

    4 tips for the entrepreneurial business-minded spine surgeon
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    If physicians want to open and operate their own spine practices, it is important to understand the business issues of medicine. "While I agree physicians should focus on care first and foremost, they cannot avoid the business end," says Dr. Stephen Hochschuler, founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, in 1977. "It needs to be considered for the security of the practice." More

    NextGen Healthcare
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    Kobe Bryant and the new procedure that could revolutionize sports medicine
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    By nearly every metric, Kobe Bryant is having his best basketball season in years. Not only is he leading the NBA in scoring, but he's also performing above his career average in points per game and rebounds. Although Bryant has been mostly silent on the topic of his arthritic knee, his main treatment consisted of a new therapy called Regenokine. The therapy itself is part of a larger category of treatments known as "biologic medicine," in which the patient's own tissues are extracted, carefully manipulated and then reintroduced to the body. More

    HIMSS Analytics: To err on data security is human
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    Human error remains the greatest threat to data security across the healthcare industry, according to a report from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics. The report found a steady rise in data breaches over the last six years, despite increasingly stringent regulatory activity surrounding reporting and auditing procedures, as well as heightened levels of compliance. 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
    Ready to Enjoy New Orleans?
    We are too! That’s why NATIONALRAD is raffling a pair of Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones at the Annual Meeting so you can have a peaceful flight home! Look for our “Enjoying New Orleans?” quiz in your AAOE meeting bag, follow the instructions, and enter to win! MORE
    Practice Partner®
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    Attend an upcoming webinar where guest speaker, Nabil Y. Razzouk, Ph.D, CEO of Arrowhead Orthopaedics will discuss the use of McKesson’s Practice Partner EHR in their practice and how they were able to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use. The webinar is complimentary, held Wednesday, April 25 from 12-1 pm PST (3-4 pm EST). Attend to hear from a colleague and get your questions answered. We will also be talking about the Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposed rule that was released late February.
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