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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • ALPS: The Art of Mentoring
  • CMS Proposed Rule Aimed at Increasing Meaningful Use Participation
  • Competition Marketing and Your Practice
  • How Can I Remain HIPAA/HITECH-Compliant Through The Use Of Electronic Devices?
  • Focusing In on Your Future
  • Council/Committee Update: Board of Directors

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

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

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Retaining physicians in a post-loyalty world
  • Doctors are talking: EHRs destroy the patient encounter
  • Should Medicare pay the same no matter where the patient gets care?
  • CMS gives new meaningful use flexibility
  • Study: Care costs continue slower growth in 2014
  • US prosecutors investigate Oregon's failed health insurance exchange
  • California docs among top billers for complex visits
  • Recognizing the value of clinical documentation improvement




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    ALPS: The Art of Mentoring
    AAOE
    Did you get where you are today, alone? Think about it. Whatever your title is…whatever your responsibilities are today ... did you learn all that you needed to know without the help of others? From the beginning, did we learn the alphabet alone? Did we learn to read alone? Did we learn grammar and spelling alone? Did we learn algebra alone? Did we learn how to manage a practice alone?
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    CMS Proposed Rule Aimed at Increasing Meaningful Use Participation
    AAOE
    On May 20, 2014, CMS issued a press release regarding a newly proposed rule that would revise the requirements established for providers using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use. Based on the feedback that CMS has received from providers and the number of successful Stage 2 attestations so far in 2014, the rule is aimed at adding flexibility to the technology requirement for meaningful use and allow more providers the ability to successfully attest in 2014.
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    Competition Marketing and Your Practice
    AAOE
    An article in a hospital community newsletter paraphrased a physician's feelings as to why he enjoyed his specialty, "...a balance of the things he enjoys most in medicine; the hands-on treatment, the challenge of the diagnostic interpretation and, most significantly, communication with patients. He particularly enjoys seeing the fruition of his work when the patient recovers and goes on to a healthier lifestyle." This sentiment might be why many choose medicine as a profession.
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    How Can I Remain HIPAA/HITECH-Compliant Through The Use Of Electronic Devices?
    AAOE
    HIPAA/HITECH — compliance is a topic that we are often asked to discuss and are expected to understand without question since HIPAA/HITECH affects many aspects of a medical practice's operations. While we cannot speak fully on every aspect of compliance, we will explain how you can use reasonable efforts to remain compliant while handling Protected Health Information (PHI) and Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) when communicating with your answering service.
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    Focusing In on Your Future
    AAOE
    If I was to walk in and say, "I'm here to survey your practice," what area would you suggest that I begin with? Would it be your in-office collection technique to increase your cash flow? Or, would it be an image study to determine your patients' perception of their needs with relation to your services?
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    Council/Committee Update: Board of Directors
    AAOE
    AAOE is pleased to announce that we are kicking off a great partnership with TransFirst to help provide you solutions for credit card processing in your practice. Stop at table #24 in the Marketplace during the Annual Conference to learn more about their services. In addition, every quarter, the Board of Directors catches up with all of the council and committee chairs to see what the volunteers are doing to help grow AAOE. Here is the last update.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    May 31- June 3 AAOE Annual Conference Details
    June 12 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Beyond HIPAA — Security Risks in Healthcare IT [P2P] Details
    June 26 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Technology Solutions to Mitigate Revenue Cycle Challenges for Orthopaedic Practices [HTW] Details
    July 17 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Introduction to Congress Web [P2P] Details
    July 24 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Starting Over – A Continuation of ICD-10-CM Education and Readiness [HTW] Details
    July 31- Aug. 3 2014 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executive Annual Meeting Details
    Aug. 14 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Business Intelligence [P2P] Details
    Aug. 28 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Release of Information Risk Mitigation Through the Use of Quality Control Processes and Measurements Details
    Sept. 11 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: The Benchmarking Survey Details
    Sept. 12-14 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Oct. 2-4 2014 Midwest AAOE Fall Meeting Details
    Oct. 23 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: The Role of Marketing and Public Relations in Medicine 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


    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Sam Walton
    "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Retaining physicians in a post-loyalty world
    HealthLeaders Media
    Compensation is not a physician's only consideration when contemplating a new job, and it shouldn't be a hospital's only draw. Physician retention starts with healthcare executives making strong hiring decisions. The physician shortage is driving up the value compensation packages and simultaneously making physician retention more challenging.
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    Doctors are talking: EHRs destroy the patient encounter
    Medscape
    There's no doubt that electronic health records spark strong emotions in doctors — and many of those emotions are negative. The gripes cover three main areas: One, EHRs have made the patient encounter far more annoying and complex than it ever was before. Two, many physicians feel that EHRs take doctors who were trained to be independent thinkers and constrain their ability to make independent decisions, causing them to feel like data entry clerks, with a computer telling them how to practice medicine. Last but not least, a large number of physicians feel that EHRs erode the doctor-patient relationship by creating a barrier between the two.
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    Should Medicare pay the same no matter where the patient gets care?
    Kaiser Health News
    That question was the focus of a House subcommittee hearing, and it's an important issue in the context of the debate over ending the Medicare SGR. Mary Agnes Carey and CQ HealthBeat's John Reichard discuss.
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    CMS gives new meaningful use flexibility
    Health Data Management
    With participation in Stage 2 of the electronic health records program nearly dormant and many providers still having problems with Stage 1, the federal government is making big changes.
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    ALPS: The Art of Mentoring
    AAOE
    Did you get where you are today, alone? Think about it. Whatever your title is ... whatever your responsibilities are today ... did you learn all that you needed to know without the help of others?

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    Cash-only practices: 8 issues to consider
    Medscape
    With rising costs and the problem of Medicare reimbursement still unresolved, many doctors have given at least a fleeting thought to switching to a concierge or direct primary care practice. However, many doctors who are contemplating a switch are understandably confused by what they read in the media or learn from other doctors.

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    Medicine's top earners are not the MDs
    The New York Times
    Though the recent release of Medicare's physician payments cast a spotlight on the millions of dollars paid to some specialists, there is a startling secret behind America's healthcare hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry's work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack.

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    Study: Care costs continue slower growth in 2014
    The Washington Post
    Healthcare spending for a family with a common employer-sponsored health plan has more than doubled over the past decade, according to research from the benefits consultant Milliman Inc. A typical American family of four will spend an average of $9,695 on health care this year, according to actuarial projections in the 2014 Milliman Medical Index, which was released Wednesday. That counts their contribution toward insurance premiums, payments at the doctor's office or pharmacy and even bottles of aspirin purchased at the drugstore. That compares with $4,443 spent in 2004 and is up 6 percent from last year.
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    US prosecutors investigate Oregon's failed health insurance exchange
    Los Angeles Times
    The U.S. attorney's office in Portland has issued subpoenas to Oregon's health insurance exchange as part of a grand jury investigation into the spectacular failure of the state's system, which was never able to enroll consumers online even though it spent more than $248 million in taxpayer money on the operation.
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    California docs among top billers for complex visits
    MedPage Today
    When people think of seeing a doctor, generally the first thing that comes to mind is an office visit. But not all visits are the same. Frequently, patients have minor problems, which can be dispensed with quickly. Other problems are much more complex and require more of a doctor's time and expertise. Not surprisingly, doctors get paid more for these more complex visits. Office visits for established patients are billed across five levels.
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    Recognizing the value of clinical documentation improvement
    Healthcare Informatics
    In patient care organizations, proper and accurate clinical documentation has always been important, but in today's shifting healthcare landscape, it has become even more of a strategic imperative than perhaps ever before. Documentation is critical for patient care, not only because it validates the care that was provided, but also because it shares key data with subsequent caregivers and optimizes claims processing. As such, clinical documentation improvement programs are important to any facility that recognizes the necessity of complete and accurate patient documentation.
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