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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week ...
  • Speak and Be Heard — AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application is Open
  • Annual Conference Discounted Registration Rate Expires TOMORROW
  • AAOE Annual Conference Guest Programs — FUN FOR EVERYONE
  • Council/Committee Updates: Communications Council

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the Week
  • Smart Transportation in Washington, DC

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

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Reactions mixed to CMS decision to release payment data
  • Report: Meaningful use has not improved health IT enough
  • Bonuses still tied to better financials
  • EHR jobs boom: 8 hot health IT roles
  • Oregon's broken healthcare exchange to shift to federal network
  • Medicare patients are 1st casualty in emerging healthcare revenue battles
  • A potential new defense in medical malpractice cases
  • What's the deal with external cause codes?




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Speak and Be Heard — AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference Speaker Application is Open
    AAOE
    AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference will be in Chicago, IL from April 25-28 and our attendees want to hear from you! We are looking for the latest and greatest ideas in orthopaedic practice management. Submit topics that help our members raise revenue, cut costs, comply with industry standards and regulations, enhance their knowledge, support their team and explode their growth, both personally and professionally!

    What do you see trending right now? What do you see being critically important a year from now? What do our attendees need that you can provide? Can you help a new practice administrator or is the breadth of your knowledge better suited to our long-time executives? To assist all our members, within the tracks below, we are also looking for both Boot Camp and Veteran sessions.

    Submit sessions in the following tracks:
    • Business Development
    • Coding
    • Finance
    • Governance/Leadership
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Operations
    • Physician/Provider
    • Quality/Risk Management
    • Regulatory Compliance/Legislation
    Why speak at AAOE?
    • Over 40% of our members attend
    • Our attendees decide who to bring into their practice or board retreats for training
    • Conference registration is included
    • Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included
    • Events where you can socialize with our members are included
    Help shape AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference and submit your session ideas by Friday, May 30, 2014. If you would like to print the application, you can do so here.
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    Annual Conference Discounted Registration Rate Expires TOMORROW
    AAOE
    AAOE has brought back its early bird registration rate, but it is expiring on April 30, 2014! Don't miss the only conference specifically for orthopaedic executives. With plenty of networking sessions, added education and exhibitors ready with solutions for your practice, this conference is not to be missed! Are you a new member, first-time attendee or coder? Call AAOE at 800-247-9699 for additional discounts that you are eligible for. Don't delay, REGISTER TODAY!
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    AAOE Annual Conference Guest Programs — FUN FOR EVERYONE
    AAOE
    Expand on your education and enjoy the history of Washington, DC, one of the top tourist destinations in the country! AAOE is offering three different tours highlighting our capitol's sights and history. These programs are open to anyone! We encourage families, guests, and friends to participate! Call AAOE at 800-247-9699 to find out how to sign up!
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    Council/Committee Updates: Communications Council
    AAOE
    During the 1st quarter of 2014, the AAOE Communications Council was working hard to ensure that the content provided in the AAOE weekly eNewsletter was valuable to the membership. We have worked with several companies to procure quality information, such as MedSafe, who provides content for the Compliance Corner on a monthly basis, the law offices of Garvey Schubert Barer, Mary Kelly of Productive Leaders and many more!
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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 2 AAOE Annual Conference Housing Deadline 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 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


    Smart Transportation in Washington, DC
    AAOE
    Capital Bikeshare:
    Capital Bikeshare is a shared biking system that allows you to ride around town when and where you want. There are over 115 bike stations in the District and Arlington area with one conveniently located about 1 mile from the Washington Hilton. Once you sign up it takes about 7 days to receive your Capital Bikeshare key in the mail. You can choose a day pass for $7 or a 3-day pass for $15. The first 30 minutes you ride each trip is free, with additional costs incurring after that. If you want to stop and eat or take a small shopping trip, simply return the bike to a station and when you're ready to ride again go back to the station and enter your code again to access a bike. Once your pass has expired, return the bike to any station. Capital Bikeshare is a simple, quick and easy way to get around town without having to worry about the hassles of using a car or taking a taxi.

    Share a Car:
    There are 2 different well-known Share a Car companies in the Washington, DC area, Zipcar and Car2Go. These companies allow you to pick a car sharing plan that fits your needs, whether it's by the day or hour. Be sure to apply online at least 2 weeks in advance in order to allow plenty of time for your application to be processed and your membership card to be mailed. Zipcar's application fee is $25 and Car2Go's application fee is $35. The hourly rates range from $8.25 – $13.99, while the daily rates are around $75. You don't have to worry about gas or insurance when using these companies. Simply go to the lots where the cars are available (there are several around town), find your car, use your membership card to get inside the car, put the key in and you're off. You can stop and get back in at any time within you reservation period. Once you are finished, simply return the car to the lot and use your membership card to signify that you're ending your rental period.

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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Margaret Mead
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Reactions mixed to CMS decision to release payment data
    By Pamela Lewis Dolan
    For the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted physician fee-for-service payment data to its website for public review and analysis. While researchers and number crunchers applaud the move, some in organized medicine are issuing warnings that the data should be used with caution as it can be misleading when taken out of context. CMS made the file available with a caveat that there are limitations to the data — a point with which the American Medical Association agrees, which is why it has successfully advocated for more than three decades to keep it private.
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    Report: Meaningful use has not improved health IT enough
    EHRIntelligence.com
    The first two stages of meaningful use have not gone far enough to develop an industry-wide health data infrastructure, says a new report compiled by governmental advisory agency JASON and funded by the AHRQ. While providers have made great leaps towards implementing EHRs and other health IT projects, the report notes that adoption rates have been laborious, evidence about the benefits of health information exchange has been scarce, and the current level of infrastructure development is not robust enough to support the true interoperability that would produce positive effects on care quality and delivery.
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    Bonuses still tied to better financials
    Modern Healthcare
    Quality-of-care performance means more to CEO paychecks at some for-profit hospital companies than at others. Among the five largest publicly traded systems, Tenet Healthcare Corp. and HCA go farthest in tying executive pay to quality-of-care measures. Still, use of quality incentives — the cash awards that companies reserve for top operational and strategic priorities and that can double an executive's salary — is uneven.
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    EHR jobs boom: 8 hot health IT roles
    InformationWeek
    Electronic Health Records have created a burgeoning genre of health IT jobs. While health IT once accounted for between 5% and 10% of a hospital's IT budget, it now represents 25 percent to 35 percent, Kevin Holloran, a director in Standard & Poor's nonprofit healthcare group told Beckers Hospital Review. A large portion of that money goes toward EHRs — both in terms of technology and people.
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    FEATURED ARTICLE
    TRENDING ARTICLE
    MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
    Speak and Be Heard
    AAOE
    AAOE's 2015 Annual Conference will be in Chicago, IL from April 25-28 and our attendees want to hear from you! We are looking for the latest and greatest ideas in orthopaedic practice management. Submit topics that help our members raise revenue, cut costs, comply with industry standards and regulations, enhance their knowledge, support their team and explode their growth, both personally and professionally!

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    Calling All Writers
    AAOE
    The AAOE weekly eNewsletter is a resource that is available to members and non-members. As a member, you can provide articles to be published in the newsletter and GET PAID! Members get paid $100 for each article that is approved to be published in the newsletter. Provide 3 articles per year and you have paid for your membership!

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    ICD-10 Delay Provides More Time for Compliance and MU
    AAOE
    The signing of the H.R. 4302 bill, which includes the provision to delay ICD-10 for one year, has received mixed responses from healthcare professionals. It's understandable considering the amount of time, energy and resources that have been dedicated to ICD-10 readiness.

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    Oregon's broken healthcare exchange to shift to federal network
    Reuters
    Oregon, whose health insurance network has been dogged by technical glitches that have prevented even a single subscriber from enrolling online, will move its state health exchange to the federal system, officials said. A state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, Oregon endured one of the rockiest rollouts of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, requiring tens of thousands of applicants to use paper forms since launching on Oct. 1.
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    Medicare patients are 1st casualty in emerging healthcare revenue battles
    Forbes
    Whatever else you may need financially after age 65 — as a patient, you will likely need a special Medicare calculator that includes a timer. Turns out that how patients are technically admitted to a hospital — and how many "midnight's" they stay — both play a critical role in what Medicare will cover and what out-of-pocket costs will be. As the revenue battles heat up — the rules governing Medicare coverage and payment are becoming increasingly complex — and litigious.
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    A potential new defense in medical malpractice cases
    Law360
    Methodist Hospital v. German (2011) has provided counsel with a new avenue of defense concerning nursing and/or institutional care in alleged medical malpractice actions. In general, medical malpractice cases have been fought on two fronts, breach of the standard of care and causation. Rarely do cases hinge on the element of duty. If the plaintiff was a patient, a duty exists and the case revolved around the standard of care and whether the alleged breach caused the alleged damages. However, the German case appears to have treaded on uncharted waters defining the difference between the nursing and medical practice.
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    What's the deal with external cause codes?
    By Brooke Andrus
    Let's face it: the ICD-10 code set isn't exactly the most enticing reading material. So naturally, mainstream media coverage of ICD-10 has focused on some of the more, shall we say, entertaining features of the coding manual: namely, the external cause codes found in Chapter 20. But while these supplementary codes certainly offer a dose of comic relief — and an endless supply of hilarious writing fodder — they've also elicited more than a few questions. So, without further ado, here's the rundown on what's really going on with external cause codes.
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