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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • AAOE's 2015 Annual Speaker Application Deadline Has Been EXTENDED
  • Tips to Prepare for Your Hill Visit Appointments
  • Annual Conference Committee Update

  • Compliance Corner
  • HIPAA Settlements Due to Stolen Unencrypted Laptops

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the Week
  • Sunday Sports Day

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

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • IRS urged to broaden preventive coverage in high-deductible plans
  • Insurer's retreat from ACO investment raises questions about Medicare's program
  • CMS: Few hospitals attesting to stage 2 of meaningful use program
  • When hospitals buy practices, insurers, patients pay the piper
  • Prior to ICD-10 delay to 2015: 44 percent of physicians were unprepared
  • What the US can learn from Brazil's healthcare mess
  • Report: Excitement over healthcare spending may be overblown
  • Taxing employer health insurance would hike social security benefits but boost federal coffers




  • AAOE TOOLKIT

    AAOE's 2015 Annual Speaker Application Deadline Has Been EXTENDED
    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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    Tips to Prepare for Your Hill Visit Appointments
    AAOE
    As professionals in the world of Orthopaedic Management, it is important that we serve as advocates for issues that impact our field. In addition, we have an important duty to inform the public and policy makers on issues that affect patients and providers of musculoskeletal care. If the experts don't voice their concern, than how can we expect policy makers to consider these issues priority enough to enact action! AAOE will have talking points available in folders for you take with you on your Capitol Hill Visits.
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    Annual Conference Committee Update
    AAOE
    For those of you how have not yet registered for the AAOE 2014 conference don't fret. There is still time for you to join your colleagues in Washington D.C. May 31 through June 2, 2014. You do not want to miss out on the best educational program of the year. This conference offers a wealth of opportunity for you to derive the most up to date industry information that is essential to keep our physicians at the top of the trend curve.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    HIPAA Settlements Due to Stolen Unencrypted Laptops
    AAOE
    Imagine you have left your laptop unattended in your car while you quickly run into the grocery store. As you come back out with groceries, you notice your window is smashed, and the laptop has been stolen.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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




    Sunday Sports Day
    AAOE
    The Annual Conference is just 18 days away!!!!! AAOE has so much planned that will be as fun as it is educational. While making your packing list, be sure to include your favorite sport team's gear! Sunday will be a day for you to get revved up and ready to win! As you are exploring the Marketplace and the Exhibitor Showcase, keep your eye open for your favorite booth decorations! Exhibitors will be vying for your vote all day! Come ready to have fun because this is going to be a conference you will not forget! If you haven't registered, it's not too late! REGISTER TODAY!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Vince Lombardi
    "Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    IRS urged to broaden preventive coverage in high-deductible plans
    Kaiser Health News
    High deductible health plans paired with tax-free savings accounts — increasingly common in job-based insurance and long a staple for those who buy their own coverage — pose financial difficulties for people with chronic health problems. That’s because they have to pay the annual deductible, which could be $1,250 or more, before most of their medications and other treatments are covered.
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    Insurer's retreat from ACO investment raises questions about Medicare's program
    Modern Healthcare
    Universal American, a publicly traded insurance company that has invested heavily to become the largest operator of Medicare accountable care organizations, will no longer finance existing ACOs where its executives see little hope of financial return. The decision raises questions about Medicare's ability to expand the program as the agency continues to seek new participants and hold on to those already experimenting with accountable care.
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    CMS: Few hospitals attesting to stage 2 uf meaningful use program
    Bloomberg BNA
    Just four hospitals and 50 healthcare providers had attested to meeting Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records by May 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More hospitals have applied for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use program this year than attested to meeting either Stage 1 or Stage 2 program requirements, the CMS reported, raising questions about the success of the program.
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    When hospitals buy practices, insurers, patients pay the piper
    MedPage Today
    A new study gives ammunition to what health economists and health insurers have argued for years: When hospitals buy physician practices, the result is usually higher hospital prices and increased spending by privately insured patients.
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    AAOE's 2015 Annual Speaker Application Deadline Has Been EXTENDED
    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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    AAOE Annual Conference Guest Programs — FUN FOR EVERYONE
    AAEO
    Expand on your education and enjoy the history of Washington, D.C., 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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    PQRS: Participation Tools 2014
    AAOE
    Available through the American Medical Association for $79.99, this eBook makes the tools available that help professionals reporting to the PQRS program identify appropriate measures that can be reported. Each tool includes three components: the measure's definition, relevant coding and a worksheet for data collection that helps to highlight the important steps to report the measure.

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    Prior to ICD-10 delay to 2015: 44 percent of physicians were unprepared
    HIT Consultants
    Before the ICD-10 delay to 2015 by the government, 44 percent of physicians did not know whether they would be ready, according to the 2014 Practice Profitability Index (PPI). In fact, another 25 percent were certain they would not be prepared and face high transitions and ICD-10 upgrade costs. The report reveals a dark outlook for physician practices struggling with eroding profits with ICD-10 identified as a key issue weighing on finances in addition to declining reimbursements and requirements from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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    What the US can learn from Brazil's healthcare mess
    The Atlantic
    Ever since 1988, the Brazilian constitution has promised free public healthcare to every citizen. “‘Health is a private right and a duty of the state,’” said Alexandre Chiavegatto Filho, a health policy professor at the University of Sao Paulo, quoting the statute. “People do love that phrase. It would be crazy and impossible for any government to change that.”
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    Report: Excitement over healthcare spending may be overblown
    The Hill
    A new industry report suggests healthcare spending may not be rising as fast as the Obama administration says it is. Healthcare spending has been down for several years, something many observers pinned to the recession and the slow recovery. It’s now definitely on the rise, which could be a sign of an improving economy. But it’s not clear at what rate healthcare spending is growing.
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    Taxing employer health insurance would hike social security benefits but boost federal coffers
    Forbes
    The tax subsidy for employer-sponsored health insurance is huge. Not only are the premiums exempt from income tax, they are also immune from Social Security payroll tax. The two subsidies combined will add more than $1.6 trillion to the deficit over the next five years alone. But because that income is not included in the Social Security wage base, some workers also lose out on future retirement benefits. So what would happen if Congress repealed the exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance?
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