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AAOE Toolkit: Medical Assistants
  • Video: Medical Assistant Certification Exam
  • Article: Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry
  • Article: The CMA (AAMA) Credential: Rise Above the Crowd
  • Resource: CMS.gov Frequently Asked Questions
  • Resource: 2014 Medical Assistants Certification/Recognition Pathways to Assist with CPOE
  • Webinar: Medical Assistants & Patient-Centered Medical Homes

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Few Americans say healthcare law has helped them
  • Should providers get financial incentives for moving to ICD-10?
  • Medicare: 1 pay rate regardless of setting?
  • The 4 basics of medical malpractice
  • 6 most common value-based payment models
  • Study: Meaningful use could change order of hospital EHR adoption
  • Study: Healthcare IT security worse than retail
  • Cybersecurity: How to navigate threats in your healthcare organization




  • AAOE TOOLKIT

    Medical Assistant Certification Exam
    AAOE
    This video provides a brief outline of the Medical Assistant program content and specific steps to become certified through the exam process.
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    Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry
    AAOE
    The AAMA recognized that there were working medical assistants who did not meet the criteria for the certification examination and therefore were not able to meet the CMS requirement of a credentialed medical assistant. In order to best serve these medical assistants, the AAMA now offers an assessment-based recognition to those who meet certain knowledge and experience requirements. This provides an avenue for us to pursue for those medical assistants who have worked in the office setting for a long time, but did not graduate from an approved MA program. Click here to access the article.
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    The CMA (AAMA) Credential: Rise Above the Crowd
    AAOE
    Utilization of Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) is becoming more common place within medical practices. CMA's have training that covers a wide range of roles within a practice or facility setting. One thing that stands out with CMA training is that there is a component of administrative knowledge that they bring to a practice. With the changing healthcare environment having a level of administrative knowledge is an additional skill set that is becoming in higher demand. Click here to read more.
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    CMS.gov — Frequently Asked Questions
    AAOE
    Depending on the laws and licensing practices of the state your organization is located in, staff members other than those with the job title of "medical assistants" can meet the criteria for entering orders for the CPOE requirement of Meaningful Use. For example, if an X-ray technician is not a licensed provider in your state, but is currently used as a medical assistant in your practice at certain times, he/she can still meet the qualifications to enter orders if they are properly credentialed. Click here for more.
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    2014 Medical Assistants Certification/Recognition Pathways to Assist with CPOE
    AAOE
    The Harris County Medical Society has created a chart showing the pathways a medical assistant may take to fulfill the CMS requirement for CPOE. As you can see, all of the pathways other than the ABR-Order Entry Recognition require the completion of an approved, or accredited, medical assistant. The ABR-Order Entry Recognition is the only way to have many working medical assistants credentialed to continue their current responsibilities and count in the denominator for Meaningful Use purposes.
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    Medical Assistants & Patient-Centered Medical Homes
    AAOE
    In a medical home, patients work closely with a chosen physician, a Medical Assistant, and a Care Team to manage and improve their health in a patient centered medical home model. In order to engage the medical assistant in this process, education must occur to increase the knowledge base of why this is important and how to get the Medical Assistants involved. This webinar demonstrates how two entities worked together to provide education and training to the Care Team and also to expand the role of the Medical Assistant.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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


      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Few Americans say healthcare law has helped them
    Gallup
    About one month after the new healthcare exchanges closed with over 8 million new enrollees, there has been little substantial change in Americans' perception that the healthcare law has helped them. Most Americans say the law has had no impact on their healthcare situation, while those who do perceive an effect are more likely to say it has hurt them rather than helped them.
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    Should providers get financial incentives for moving to ICD-10?
    Healthcare Finance News
    One of the major arguments against the ICD-10 transition are the financial costs to medical practices. Sure, there are accusations of bureaucratic overreach and preventing physicians from spending time treating patients, but the anti-ICD-10 argument is primarily financial.
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    Medicare: 1 pay rate regardless of setting?
    MedPage Today
    That question was the focus of a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, 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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    The 4 basics of medical malpractice
    By Joan Spitrey
    One of every healthcare provider's biggest fears is being named in a lawsuit. Although most did not go into the healthcare profession with the intent to harm, sometimes harm does occur. Often the only way to determine if harm was negligent is through the civil court system and, in extreme cases, the criminal courts. For a patient or family member to seek litigation, four components of medical malpractice must be met for the case to be viable. Every state has different civil litigation procedures; the general process is the same. This article aims to assist the reader in understanding the basic components that make up a medical malpractice case.
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    Medical Assistant Certification Exam
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    Competition Marketing and Your Practice
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    An article in a hospital community newsletter paraphrased a physician's feelings as to why he enjoyed his specialty.

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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?

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    6 most common value-based payment models
    HIT Consultant
    While 75 percent of providers currently participate in at least one value-based payment model, and more than 60 percent expect them to become the dominant payment model, fewer than 30 percent believe they offer a good level of reward for the risk. This is according to a study published by Availity, one of the nation's leading health information networks.
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    Study: Meaningful use could change order of hospital EHR adoption
    Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association via FierceEMR
    Hospitals tend to use a common sequence when adopting electronic health records functions, but Meaningful Use is changing that sequence, which could impact patient care, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, examined the order in which 2,794 general acute care non-federal hospitals adopted different EHR functions, the first such national study of this kind.
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    Study: Healthcare IT security worse than retail
    InformationWeek
    Healthcare organizations are rife with insecurity, and it's only a question of when a Target-like attack puts millions of patient health information files on the black market, a new study suggests. A large-scale attack within the healthcare industry could put patients' safety and lives at stake, cautioned Stephen Boyer, CTO of security rating firm BitSight Technology, in an interview. Despite increasing awareness about these risks, healthcare organizations far behind their peers in other vertical markets, Boyer said, citing a BitSight study.
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    Cybersecurity: How to navigate threats in your healthcare organization
    By Maria Frisch
    The network is down. Someone from accounting just spammed the entire practice. An outsider gains access to protected health information within electronic health records. Someone erases critical operational data. Many of us have both experienced and feared these scenarios, along with other threats to security. In this increasingly digital age, what can healthcare organizations do to protect themselves against cyberthreats?
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