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AAOE completes 2012-2013 board of directors elections
Addy M. Kujawa, AAOE Executive Director    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thank you to all those who ran for a position on the 2012-2013 board of directors. This is the first year we moved the election of board members to the membership. Over 10 percent of our membership voted — thank you! Here are the results:

AAOE's 2012-2013 president-elect will be George Trantow.

Re-elected board members include:
  1. Suzann Crowder, MBA, CMPE
  2. Jim Kidd, CMPE
  3. Don Schreiner, MBA
New board members include:
  1. Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim
  2. Kathleen Giannuzzi, FACMPE
  3. Steve Nelson
  4. Samantha Spencer
Congratulations! Thank you also to the elections council (Cynthia Everlith, BSHA,CPC,CMA, Chair, Joyce Anderson, Janice Leah Downs, Joel C. Farwell, Chris Greenman, Kitchi Joyce, Paul Roberts, Barbara Sack, MHSA, CMPE, David Schlactus, MBA, CMPE, and Chuck Stillwagon) who facilitated the process.

Calling all new members and first-time attendees of AAOE Annual Conference
Michaele Ann Morrison, AAOE ALPS Committee Chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AAOE welcomes its 2012 new members! AAOE is hosting an Ambassador Reception from 5-7 p.m. May 19 and a new-member, first-time-attendee breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. May 20 at the AAOE 43rd Annual Conference. Our goal is to introduce the new member and first-time attendee to the more seasoned members and leadership. Begin networking and setting the stage for a wonderful three-day conference.

Reminder: The next AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference, Web Development & Information Technology in Orthopaedics, is on Thursday, May 10. If you have not already registered, please do so today! Register.

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Date Event More Information
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

   Note: More future state society meetings can be found here at the website.


Thank you to 2012 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors
AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We are really looking forward to the fast-approaching annual conference and would like to specially acknowledge Phoenix Ortho, ChartLogic, Inc., Somerset CPAs, PC, McKesson, Physician's Capital Investments, SRSSoft, Bay Area Surgical Management, ORS, Inc., M*Modal, Össur Americas, Merge, PurNet, Inc., SurgiMate and National Rad for their sponsorship. Thank you. More

Barb Sack — distracted by her beloved Jayhawks, but passionate about AAOE
Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim, AAOE Member Communications Committee Chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we attended the Midwest AAOE Conference and in the midst of "Rock Chalk Jayhawks" and her KU regalia I had a chance to sit down and interview Barb about her past experiences attending AAOE Annual Conferences ... As she reflected over the past eight years of Annual Conferences, Barb stated, "Ever since I attended my first Conference in New Orleans, I knew I had to do this every year, as I was able to bring back so many ideas and implement them with positive results, and my doctors agreed." 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?

Hooked on the AAOE Annual Conference
Quinten Davis, AAOE member    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quinten Davis encourages members to join us at the AAOE Annual Conference stating, "I attended my first conference, and I was hooked!" Watch the video here. More

What payers don't want you to know when negotiating managed care contracts
Susan E. Charkin, Healthcents    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leverage the facts from your information gathering and proposal letter, Part I and Part II. Learn how to maneuver your proposal letter to the correct first-level contract negotiator and work through the payer's chain of command. Leverage your personnel and — most importantly — DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. No just means you haven't gotten to the right person yet. Persevere. More

Leadership Quote of the Week
Jack Welch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jack Welch, respected business leader and writer, is quoted as proposing 10 fundamental leadership principles (notably these principles are expanded in his 2001 book, Jack: Straight from the Gut):
"There is only one way — the straight way. It sets the tone of the organization. As leaders we must 'walk the talk.'"

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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.


Physicians fight 'unworkable' Medicare overpayment rule
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Organized medicine is pushing back against a Medicare proposal to recoup overpayments quickly from physicians, who would be required to go back through up to 10 years of medical records when determining if they received excess pay. The American Medical Association and state and specialty medical organizations have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to clarify — or in some cases abandon — new requirements that practices must return overpayments within 60 days. More

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    Sensors touch on immediate feedback of implant information
    The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dr. Lee Berger hopes patients in the future will walk into a doctor's office and say, "Read my hips or my knees or my spine." Berger's Pittsburgh-based Ortho-Tag has developed a system that would allow doctors to get information on patients' medical implants just by touching a probe to their skin. To get this kind of information now can require the surgical removal of the implant and can be a monthslong process. More

    Study: Football knee injuries more likely on artificial turf
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    College football players suffer knee injuries about 40 percent more often when playing on an artificial turf versus grass, according to a U.S. study. The findings, published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, were part of research that looked back on knee injuries among college football players to see when they might be most vulnerable to getting hurt. More

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    US healthcare spending dwarfs that of other countries
    Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The United States spends more on healthcare than 12 other industrialized countries, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds — but that doesn't mean this country's care is any better. The U.S. spent nearly $8,000 per person for healthcare services in 2009, the study found, confirming that "healthcare spending in the U.S. dwarfs that found in any other industrialized country." More

    Survey: Patients tolerant of potentially harmful devices
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than half of surveyed individuals believe the FDA should maintain approval of devices or approve new devices that may harm some patients but still help others, according to results from the NEHI Innovation Barometer. For the survey, the New England Healthcare Institute surveyed 500 "opinion leaders" to determine their perceptions of healthcare innovations. More

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    Join NationalRad's AAOE Annual Meeting Celebration!
    Don’t miss NATIONALRAD’s festivities at the AAOE Annual Meeting in New Orleans! Stop by our booth #708 – right across from the lounge area – to play with our Mardi Gras masks and beads and get your picture taken. Plus take our “Enjoying New Orleans?” quiz to enter our raffle!
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