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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • 2014 Annual Conference speaker applications due by July 12, 2013
  • Volunteer positions still available
  • AAOE bids farewell to Member-at-Large, Bob Kahn
  • Calendar of events

  • AAOE Toolkit: Compliance
  • Toolkit: Compliance Toolkit
  • Article: Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp — Part V
  • Blog: Why Compliance Plans Make Sense
  • Webinar: 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part V: Compliance
  • Article: The Final HIPAA Rule
  • Toolkit: Elements of an Effective Compliance Program
  • Article: Developing a medical practice compliance plan
  • Toolkit: Sample Healthcare Compliance Program
  • Resource: Office of the Inspector General

  • Around the Industry
  • 'S' or 'C' corporation? Maximize tax deductions by using both
  • Doctors will have to take a pay cut under Obamacare
  • Prognosis varies for self-insured under health law
  • Switch from private practice to academia? Maybe a smart move
  • What the high court's affirmative action decision might mean to med schools
  • ONC to Congress: EHR adoption, meaningful use rising steadily
  • Will ACOs be undermined by costly medical liability cases?
  • The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation


  • AAOE NEWS

    2014 Annual Conference Speaker Applications Due July 12
    AAOE
    We are now accepting applications for 2014 Annual Conference, to be held June 1-3 in Washington, DC. Applications are due July 12! We are specifically requesting courses in the following categories:
    • Information Technology
    • Governance/Leadership
    • Business Development
    • Regulatory Compliance/Legislation
    • Veteran and Boot Camp courses for all categories
    Check out the speaker page for more information.
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    Volunteer Positions Available
    AAOE
    There are only a few volunteer leadership positions available in AAOE. Take this opportunity to get more involved and directly impact the direction of the association. The open positions are:
    • Communications Council (2 positions)
    • Technology Committee (1 position)
    • Advocacy Council (unlimited)
    Learn more and apply now on our website!

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    AAOE bids farewell to a long-standing member
    AAOE
    I am very sad to announce the sudden death of a great colleague on the Membership Council and a mentor of mine. Robert Gene "Bob" Kahn, age 69, of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at his home. Bob was born January 28, 1944 in Chicago. He was the Administrator of Orthopedic Specialists of Texarkana, a member of Texas MGMA, a member of DAV, a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and a veteran of the United States Marines. His wonderful wit, sense of humor, empathy and his humility in describing the challenges we face will be sorely missed.

    Sam Santschi, Chair — Membership Council

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    July 18 12 p.m. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [HTW] Details
    July 25 12 - 1:30 p.m. Urgent Care [P2P] Details
    Aug. 1 12 p.m. Utilizing the AAOE Benchmarking Survey; Using Key Performance
    Indicators [P2P]
    Details
    Aug. 8 12 - 1:30 p.m. Surviving the Storm: Maintaining an Independent Medical
    Practice in Today's Environment
    Details

       [P2P]: AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference
       [HTW]: Hot Topic Webinar


    AAOE TOOLKIT


    Toolkit: Compliance Toolkit
    AAOE
    The AAPC Client Services offers a toolkit packed with the references you need for a medical practice Compliance Plan in 2013. It contains a complete Coding and Billing Compliance Plan, 2013 ICD-9 and 2013 HCPCS II Updates, and over 70 customizable forms. There is a charge but it is on sale for a limited time.
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    Article: Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp — Part V
    AAOE
    This article, written by the American Medical Association, details the amount of spending attributable to waste, fraud, and abuse by the federal government. It also focuses on where the liability falls, how to create an effective compliance plan and upholding a commitment to compliance.
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    Blog: Why Compliance Plans Make Sense
    AAOE
    Jeffrey Cohen, from The Florida Healthcare Law Firm, blogs about Why Compliance Plans Make Sense. Read his blog to find out if your practice has ever contemplated implementing a compliance program and if it's really necessary.
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    Webinar: 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part V: Compliance
    AAOE
    Bill Mathias of Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group presented on compliance as a part of the 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association. This webinar addressed:
    • The basics: from compliance plans to internal monitoring
    • Oops! Now what do we do? Self-disclosure plans and the sixty-day rule
    • Transactions: the compliance concerns surrounding standard transactions in healthcare.
    Access a general overview and more detailed information about each part of the Fraud Bootcamp Webinar Series.

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    Article: The Final HIPAA Rule
    AAOE
    Marcia Augsburger, contributed her article, The Final HIPPA Rule: Conduits, Agents, and Subs — OH MY!, to the Compliance Matters series on the Health Care Enforcement and Compliance Matters blog. She discusses the long-awaited final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services on "Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules."
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    Toolkit: Elements of an Effective Compliance Program
    AAOE
    Building a compliance program? Where do you start? What do you include? First you have to know what the elements of an effective compliance program are. Know what the big picture looks like so you know what pieces you need to add to make it effective.
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    Article: Developing a medical practice compliance plan
    AAOE
    How do you get ready for the extra scrutiny being added to detect Medicare overpayment and fraud? Implementing a formal compliance plan is your first step. Read more to find out how.
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    Toolkit: Sample Healthcare Compliance Program
    AAOE
    Are you building a Compliance Program, but you don’t know where to start? Here is a sample that will help you on your way to an effective Compliance Program.
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    Resource: Office of the Inspector General
    AAOE
    Visit the Office of the Inspector General for free educational resources to get all you need to know to understand health care fraud and abuse laws, in addition to the consequences of violating the law. Get ideas to help you build a culture of compliance in your practice.
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    AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    'S' or 'C' corporation? Maximize tax deductions by using both
    By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
    Choosing the form and structure of one's orthopaedic practice is an important decision. Most advisors to orthopaedic practices believe that the avoidance of potential double taxation makes the S Corporation the logical choice. This "conventional wisdom" overlooks the potential benefits a C Corporation can offer. If you want to explore ways to reduce unnecessary taxes without subjecting yourself to double taxation and would like to see how you can do this without having to change any of your insurance provider or Medicare provider numbers, this article is ideal for you.
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    Doctors will have to take a pay cut under Obamacare
    Forbes
    For Obamacare to succeed, American doctors need to earn less money. And Washington just took a step in that direction. One of Medicare's influential advisory boards recommended that payment rates to providers be sanded down. At present issue are the rates paid to doctors working as part of hospital-owned clinics versus physicians working in their own, independent offices.
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    Prognosis varies for self-insured under health law
    USA Today
    An estimated 15 million Americans who buy their own insurance and face far bigger hurdles getting and keeping it than those with job-based coverage. Most of the debate about how the health law will change the individual market has centered on whether consumers will experience "rate shock" from higher premiums when key changes go into effect next year. But there's a flip side: new rules that broaden benefits, prohibit discrimination against those with health issues and cap consumers' out-of-pocket costs, which can cut far deeper than premiums.
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    2014 Annual Conference Speaker Applications Due July 12
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    We are now accepting applications for 2014 Annual Conference, to be held June 1-3 in Washington, DC. Applications are due July 12!

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    Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries
    USA Today
    Tens of thousands of times each year, patients are wheeled into the nation's operating rooms for surgery that isn't necessary, a USA Today review of government records and medical databases finds.

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    Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed
    MedAxiom via PhysBizTech
    As a principal in MedAxiom Consulting, Sauer travels to healthcare organizations throughout North America, guiding them on how the changes in the healthcare environment will affect their ability to serve patients, while remaining profitable.



    Switch from private practice to academia? Maybe a smart move
    Medscape
    In Medscape's 2013 Physician Compensation Report, a significant number of physicians in virtually every specialty expressed dissatisfaction with their practice setting. Most of these dissatisfied doctors are in private practice. If you count yourself among them, here's a thought: Perhaps the change in practice setting that would really do you the most good is not from a single-specialty to a multispecialty group, or from a large group to a small one, or from a hospital to private practice.
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    What the high court's affirmative action decision might mean to med schools
    Kaiser Health News
    In the competitive world of medical school admissions, the intention of creating a diverse student body can include attention to racial background. But that doesn't sit well with everyone — and the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case that the U.S. Supreme Court offered an opinion is proof.
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    ONC to Congress: EHR adoption, meaningful use rising steadily
    EHRIntelligence.com
    In its latest official report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator praises the nation's progress in health IT adoption, including EHR implementation and participation in the EHR Incentive Programs. Physician EHR adoption has increased from one in five in 2009 to more than 40 percent in 2012, due largely to meaningful use requirements and the availability of better technology.
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    Will ACOs be undermined by costly medical liability cases?
    EHRIntelligence.com
    With little information available concerning the ability of accountable care organizations to contain, many have turned to previous attempts at capitated care for insight into whether these accountable care initiatives can and will succeed. According to the authors of an article the Journal of the American Medical Association, a comparison of ACOs and managed care organizations reveals a potential for the former to absorb more than financial risks in choosing to adopt these new models of coordinated care.
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    The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation
    Government Health IT
    Recently the MGMA released a study of ICD-10 preparedness among medical practices and presented the results to the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. The survey found a lack of preparedness echoed in other recent surveys. But it also asked about diagnosing "unspecified" in ICD-9. Specifically, it asked, "In your current billing environment, approximately how often do you select 'unspecified' as the ICD-9 diagnosis code?"
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