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Don't miss AAOE's 2 webinars in July
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AAOE is hosting two webinars in July to help your orthopaedic practice. On July 10, Jeffrey Daigrepont hosts The Technical Side of the ICD-10 Conversion — The Untold Story. This webinar will focus on the components of a successful monitoring program and the roles and importance of both internal and external monitoring as a part of your ongoing compliance process.

On July 19, Angela Miller will host Due Date 2013: Developing Elements for an Effective Compliance Program. This webinar will focus on how to set up an effective compliance program and how it can help benefit you in collections. You and your staff are eligible to earn 1.0 AAPC CEU credit for attending this webinar.

Both courses are free to AAOE members and $99 for nonmembers. Register here today.


Date Event More Information
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
July 19
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
AAOE Webinar: Developing Effective Elements of a Compliance Program sponsored by AAOE 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.

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AAOE Listserv hot topics
Joe Ogle, PT, ATC, AAOE Member Communications Committee Member-at-Large    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no surprise that the highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling regarding PPACA was a frequent topic of discussion on the listserv. Many posts are related to speculation as to when and how the law will be implemented and what we, as a professional association, may expect as a result of these changes. Other topics of interest were meaningful use implementation and attestation, Quality and Resource Use Reports feedback, and DME inventory management systems.

The AAOE Listserv is a valuable resource of information to members. Rare is the occasion that at least one of our colleagues does not have an answer, contact or source to address any and all types of inquiries. The listserv is available to all AAOE members, with easy instructions on enrolling and setting up a folder in Outlook. Click here to access the listserv.

Avoiding employee claims of wage and hour violations
© American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As small business owners, orthopaedic surgeons are well aware of the many state and federal laws governing business practices. Although the Fair Labor Standards Act is often overlooked, small and large businesses can find that violations of this act can result in substantial expenditures of time, energy and money. 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

Committee Member Spotlight: Jennifer Monto
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Monto Get to know a bit about fellow AAOE member Jennifer Monto:

Involvement with the AAOE: I've been a member of the AAOE since they were named Bones Society. I am currently serving on the Communications Committee and Annual Conference Committee.
Practice name: Nantucket Physicians Organization
City/state: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. (Yep, they are both islands, 30 and 10 miles off the coast of America, respectively. Accessible only by boat or plane.)
Group size: One orthopedic surgeon, one radiology tech, two islands, two nurses, two secretaries, three billing clerks and a partridge in a pear tree …

Leadership Quote of the Week
John F. Kennedy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

"Things do not happen, things are made to happen."

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What the Supreme Court decision means for insurers, hospitals and drugmakers
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The Supreme Court ruled that the healthcare law stands. For months now the pending ruling has put the Affordable Care Act's future in limbo. Now everyone knows it has survived and — while other challenges are still ahead — it gives a bit more guidance on where things head next. Here's a look at what that means for three major healthcare sectors. More

Ruling casts doubt on expanding healthcare for the poor
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The Supreme Court decision cast doubt on whether the plan to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people will reach some of the poorest Americans. In its ruling, the court allows states to opt out of an expansion of Medicaid benefits for low-income earners with household incomes of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $30,000. More

Electronic health records could help lower malpractice claims
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A research letter recently published by Harvard scientists in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that doctors who adopt the use of electronic health records have a lower rate of malpractice claims. According to the analysis, malpractice claims for physicians using electronic health records were a sixth of those for doctors not using EHRs. More

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FDA panel finds little use for metal-on-metal hip implants
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A panel of health experts advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there are few reasons to continue using metal-on-metal hip implants, amid growing evidence that the devices can break down early and expose patients to dangerous metallic particles. While the FDA has not raised the possibility of removing the devices from the market, most panelists said there were few, if any, cases where they would recommend implanting the devices. More

Managed care organizations look for ways to rein in Medicaid medical costs
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Physicians who already have had to spend the last few months learning the ins and outs of new Medicaid managed care organizations' medical policies and claims payment rules could face another wave of delays and hassles as a consequence of MCOs' growing pains. All but three states enroll Medicaid beneficiaries in managed care. More

Survey: Few doctors use tablets, smartphones for clinical purposes
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Despite the explosion in physician adoption of smartphones and tablets, most doctors still use mobile devices as shiny toys rather than clinical tools, according to a new national survey. About 20 percent of U.S. physicians use smartphones for e-prescribing, accessing electronic health records or other clinical needs, says the 2012 National Physician Survey. More

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