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*2012-13 AAOE Member Communications Committee: Chair, Kalen Privatsky, MBA, CMPE, ED; Rebecca Hockaday; Kathleen R. Miller, CPA, MBA; Joe Ogle, PT, ATC; Donna Rizzio, AAOE Board of Directors Liaison; George Trantow, FACHE and AAOE Communication Council Liaisons; Rebecca Dean, MA, FACMPE; Paul Kerens; and Dennis Viellieu

AAOE 2012 Annual Conference survey winners
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The following 2012 Annual Conference survey participants have been selected to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Trey Williamson, Christine Rubin, Otis "Tex" Rose, Jennifer Monto and Nan Neff. Thank you for providing us with your feedback regarding the conference!

AAOS offers 2-day course Sept. 28-29 in Chicago
© American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to build and implement a business strategy for your orthopaedic practice, so you will be prepared for upcoming changes and positioned for success. With the rapidly changing healthcare environment, this course provides the needed perspective, economic data, practical examples and options for business models to enable you to prepare for the future, work with hospitals and gain an understanding of today's challenges and how to manage them. More

ddRElement™ - Providing Value Without Compromise

The ddRElement™ is a space-efficient, multifunctional DR system which delivers unmatched image quality at lowest radiation dose while providing highest workflow efficiency, all at an exceptional value. For more information on how this system can benefit your facility, email us at

Reminder: 2013 Annual Conference speaker applications due July 16
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As a reminder, AAOE is looking to secure innovative lecture, course and panel speakers for its 2013 AAOE Annual Conference being held April 28-30 in San Diego. General topics of interest are business development, financial management, governance/leadership, human resources, information technology, operations and regulatory/legislation. Applications related to these topics as well as other topics are welcome.

If you are interested in speaking, please fill out the 2013 speaker application and turn it in to AAOE by July 16.


Date Event More Information
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
Sept. 28-29 AAOS Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice in an Era of Healthcare Transformation Register

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


How effective is your hiring process?
Rachel Granatino and Jamie Verkamp, eMerge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new position has opened within your organization, and you are placed in charge of the hiring process. Do you know what questions to ask, which traits to look for or what will make a candidate successful in this position? Without knowing the answers to these items, the chances of making a bad hiring decision drastically increase. 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

AAOE Member Interview: David Kanzler
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VideoBrief During the ILL BONES meeting in March, we interviewed AAOE member, David Kanzler from Hinsdale Orthopaedics in Oakbrook, Ill., about a few things AAOE. Listen here to what he had to say! To access the meaningful use webinar he refers to, visit the AAOE Live Learning Center.

Leadership Quote of the Week
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"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives ... It is the one that is most adaptable to change."

Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or
Merge Healthcare: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Orthopedics
Merge Healthcare’s new webinar outlines the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) rules and describes how they will specifically affect orthopedic 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.
McKesson EHR
for Orthopaedics
Hear from McKesson EHR customer, Nabil Razzouk, Ph.D, CEO of Arrowhead Orthopaedics as he discusses their search for a new EHR and their current use of McKesson’s Practice Partner EHR in their 7-location, mutli-provider practice in southern California. Orthopaedic physicians from Arrowhead Orthopaedics have also successfully attested for
Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
Hear their story.


Use of surgical robots booming despite hefty cost
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The da Vinci, a surgical robot costing up to $2.6 million, gives surgeons powerful new abilities in the operating room. But while some doctors tout shorter recovery times for patients and decreased risk of complications, others warn of high costs and the lack of a national training standard. More

ID re-entry helps reduce wrong-patient errors
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Requiring providers to re-enter patient ID numbers in computerized physician order entry systems significantly reduced the number of wrong-patient orders in a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. More

Solo physician practice recruiting dwindling
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If trends hold true, there will be a time in the near future when the only place to find a solo medical practice will be on YouTube. The "2012 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives" from Merritt Hawkins found that recruiting doctors into solo practice "has almost entirely abated." More

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Researchers aim to develop tissue regeneration, improve joint-replacement technology
Arizona Daily Wildcat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research on tissue regeneration between the UA Orthopaedic Research Laboratory and the Arizona Arthritis Center might offer a new alternative to joint replacements. Instead of using artificial joints — which last 25 to 30 years with regular replacements — to repair the damage of osteoarthritis, tissue regeneration procedures would re-grow existing tissue. More

Study: Knee ligament injuries may be more common in men
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Men have a greater number of knee ligament injuries than women, despite research suggesting that women's knees are more prone to anterior cruciate ligament tears and surgeries to fix them, according to a Swedish study. The report counted the injuries across the entire Swedish population, not just among players of particular sports or in certain regions. More

FDA finally issues unique device identifier rule
Health Data Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration has released a proposed rule to establish a unique medical device identifier, called UDI. The long-awaited identifier, which Congress authorized in 2007 with renewed pressure from members in recent months to implement, is designed to better enable users to track devices and enable FDA to identify safety or effectiveness concerns quicker and better target recalls. More

Federal hub tool to check data for insurance exchanges, Medicaid
Government Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal government is developing a data services hub to help states verify the income, citizenship and other information about individuals when they seek health coverage through health insurance exchanges and for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs. More

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