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Listen to lecture by 2012 AAOE Annual Conference keynote speaker, Tom Royer, MD
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Whether you were able to listen in person or unable to make this year's keynote session at the 2012 AAOE Annual Conference, we invite you to access the complimentary, recorded copy of the Competent Leadership: The Critical Success Factor presentation given by Tom Royer, M.D. More

AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conferences
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The AAOE Education Council would like to enlist your help with future audio conference planning. Do you or your staff have an experience that you would like to share with our membership? We are in need of topics, speakers and sponsors. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Nicole Heilman with AAOE at

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Date Event More Information
June 14 ILL BONES Meeting Information
June 14
11 a.m.-noon CDT
AAOE Webinar: Tips for Successfully Monitoring Your Orthopaedic Providers’ Services sponsored by AAOE and The Coding Network Register
July 10
11 a.m.-noon CDT
AAOE Webinar: The Technical Side of the ICD-10 Conversion — The Untold Story sponsored by AAOE and Coker Group Register
Aug. 1
11 a.m.-noon CDT
AAOE Webinar: Improving Efficiency in the Office Setting sponsored by AAOE and TransPortal Register

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


Thank you to 2012 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
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Thank you to the 2012 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors for your support in making our conference a success; we could not have done it without you! More

ListServ hot topics
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Recent topics of interest on the AAOE ListServ include IT staffing, X-ray equipment inspection forms and Paid Time Off policies for salaried staff. AAOE members, feel free to join the discussion! There are many other topics of interest as well that even the most seasoned executives can pluck informational tidbits from. Access the ListServ here.

Mr. Sandman Delivers Dream T.V.

With The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” playing in the background, a crowd donning buttons saying “What’s Your Dream?” began gathering around Jon “Mr. Sandman” McCune of Phoenix Ortho. The winner, Jacque Stahl from Olympia Orthopaedic Associates of Olympia, Washington, said, “My husband is never going to believe this. I never win anything!” MORE

Committee Member Spotlight: Rebecca Dean, MA, FACMPE
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Get to know a bit about one of your fellow AAOE members:

Name: Rebecca Dean, MA, FACMPE (Masters in Business and Fellow, American College Medical Practice Executives)
Involvement in AAOE: AAOE Communications Council member Practice name: Sportsmedicine Fairbanks
City, state: Fairbanks, Alaska
Group size: 3
Hobby: Reading, being outdoors in the summer
Favorite quote: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite book(s): "Good to Great" by Jim Collins (professional) and "Watership Down" by Richard Adams (personal)
Favorite movie: "Gone with the Wind"
Any other information you would like to share: Owner of Management Solutions, a practice management/operations consulting firm

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"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."

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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.


6 months later: How are you and the new spine codes doing?
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We are months into the new CPT code changes for spine for 2012. If you were able to get this far without losing your mind or quitting your job, then you must be a real trooper. There have been so many issues surrounding the implementation of these codes in all sectors of the industry. Here is short checklist of items to run through to help you get a handle on this pronto. More

Back pain coming to fore in NFL
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Back injuries like the one that could have ended Steelers linebacker James Harrison's career are becoming an increasing pain for NFL players and teams. Harrison, a Pro Bowl pass rusher, had two surgeries in 2011 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. Spine, head and neck injuries accounted for 10 percent of all reported NFL injuries between 2004-09, according to an NFL Players Association report. More

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    Most doctors headed for penalty over Medicare quality reporting
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    Absent a significant change in the trajectory of Medicare's physician quality reporting system, a large majority of doctors will set themselves up for future rate cuts by failing to report enough quality measures to the federal government in 2013. A recent trends report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows that fewer than 200,000 physicians, out of the more than 600,000 who were eligible for the incentive program, reported PQRS measures in 2010. More

    IDC to small practices: Don't let meaningful use dictate EMR choices
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    A new report from IDC Health Insights rates the best EMR vendors for small physician practices — and warns that the short-term incentives of meaningful use shouldn't overshadow those offices' long-term care strategies. The study, "IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment" assesses 11 products from nine vendors aimed at helping small physician practices qualify for meaningful use incentive money. More

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    States crack down on prescription drug 'doctor shopping'
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    Prescription drug abuse kills more people a year in the United States than cocaine and heroin combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A CDC report last year said 15,000 people died as a result of overdoses of prescription painkillers in 2008 — more than three times the number in 1999. Forty-three states now have databases to keep track of who is getting prescriptions for powerful pain relievers such as oxycodone, Vicodin and Opana. More

    Medicare's bet on primary care
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    Investment in permanent increases to primary care fees could pay dividends in the long run, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund. Overall primary care costs per beneficiary would increase by about 17 percent, but the Medicare program would reap savings on such care as inpatient and post-acute visits, procedures and home healthcare. Net Medicare costs would decline by nearly 2 percent over 10 years. More

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