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AAOE members weigh in on office technology
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AAOS Now recently asked representatives from the AAOE to participate in a discussion on technology best practices in the orthopaedic practice setting. George D. Trantow, FACHE, of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, moderated the discussion along with five other practice managers. More

AAOE, AAOS win Gold Circle Awards
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AAOE and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons were recognized for their excellence in association and nonprofit communications by the American Society of Association Executives. Each received 2012 Gold Circle Awards, acknowledging their outstanding communications in nine different categories, including annual reports, feature articles, magazines, newsletters, integrated communications campaigns and innovative communications. More

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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.


Website 101: Basic tips for building a website that works
Mary Hall, iHealthSpot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First impressions count, and on the Web it is the layout, design and functionality of your practice website that make the first impression. How many times have you left a website after only a few seconds because it was confusing or visually unappealing? Medical practice websites have unique requirements. They need to attract new patients, educate them and provide a communication vehicle. Here are iHealthSpot's 10 basic tips and best practices for designing and building a medical practice website that works. More

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

Book review: 'Project Management for Healthcare Information Technology'
Suzann M. Crowder, MBA, CMPE, AAOE board member    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AAOE board member Suzann Crowder, MBA, CMPE, writes, "As I prepared to jump off the EMR cliff on behalf of my practice last year, I was searching for resources to assist me. One preparation was an online certificate program via my local community college provided by grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Health Information Technology Grant program. I completed the HIT Implementation Manager Program which was good but resulted in me becoming more aware of how unprepared I was for the project." More

Leadership Quote of the Week
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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

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ASCs vs. hospitals: How spine surgery reimbursement compares
Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Review Conference recently in Chicago, Richard W. Wohns, M.D., JD, MBA, of South Sound Neurosurgery gave a presentation that touched on several important points when comparing clinical and financial data in hospitals versus ambulatory surgery centers. More

Assessing ASCs and new CMS rule
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A patient may soon be able to walk into an ASC, pull up the organization's quality metrics on his or her smartphone, and walk right back out. That's because starting Oct. 1, a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require any Medicare-eligible ASC to submit reports on five quality measures or face a 2 percent payment reduction. More

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    Hectic pace pressures medical practices on quality
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The physicians, nurses and clerical support staffers in medical offices say the frenetic work pace and high patient volume are making it harder to provide top-notch care. More than 70 percent feel rushed when taking care of patients, and 52 percent say there are too many patients for the number of doctors and other health professionals in the office. More

    With justices set to rule on health law, 2 parties strategize
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    House Republicans are not waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the new healthcare law to plot their strategic response. If the measure is not thrown out entirely, House leaders plan to force a vote immediately to repeal the law to reinforce their deep opposition to the legislation. At the White House, top officials continue to project confidence that the court will rule in its favor. But White House allies and advocates of the new law do not necessarily share that view and are gearing up in the event of an unfavorable decision. More

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    More doctors questioning benefits of ACA, EHRs
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    Physicians remain concerned over the future of U.S. healthcare, a new survey reveals. Among the survey's findings, most physicians think electronic health records and the Affordable Care Act will adversely affect the quality of patient care, and nearly two-thirds anticipate that quality of healthcare will worsen over the next five years. More

    Medicare joins with insurers to test paying for care management
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    Dozens of private and public insurers have joined a Medicare-led initiative to offer primary care practices in seven markets monthly care-management fees and the opportunity to share savings for keeping patient costs low. Primary care physicians in eight states have until July 20 to apply for the four-year program known as the comprehensive primary care initiative. More

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