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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • AAOE bids a fond farewell to member-at-large Lorraine Woods
  • 911 — Beware Standard Form Software and Hardware Contracts
  • The Right Accountant Will Save You Money
  • It's not too late for you to attend the conference for free!

  • Compliance Corner
  • 5 Steps to Avoid a Fine for a Breach of PHI

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Carl Butler
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • The most important employment documents
  • 5 key trends in healthcare for 2013
  • Best practices for electronic medical billing
  • The problem with executive isolation
  • Quality metrics play small role in physician compensation
  • 5 things every executive should know about social media
  • Technical requirements for practices in meaningful use
  • US healthcare's dangerous profit fixation


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    AAOE Bids a fond Farewell to member-at-large, Lorraine Woods
    AAOE
    We are all saddened by the sudden passing away of Lorraine Woods. She was a great Practice Administrator and was always there for you if you needed guidance or advice while still keeping things very professional. Lorraine held leadership positions in several professional organizations including recent Past-President of New York City Metro MGMA, President of New York State Bones Inc., Chair of the Orthopaedic Practice Assembly at MGMA, and Past Chair of the Education Committee Task Force in the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (BONES). — On behalf of Brunilda Lumaj, Administrative Coordinator at New York Orthopedics
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    911 — Beware Standard Form Software and Hardware Contracts
    AAOE
    Many physician practices routinely sign standard form software and hardware contracts without conducting a critical review of the contract to assure that the contract terms are consistent with the practice's expectations and provide adequate protection for the practice. Sales representatives for vendors discourage contract revisions and argue that the proposed agreement is boilerplate and cannot be revised without going through the vendor's legal department, creating unnecessary expense and delay. In reality, the time and money spent upfront customizing the vendor's boilerplate contract to assure that it meets the needs of the practice is time and money well spent. Buying a product or service that does not meet the practice's expectations will certainly be more expensive and time consuming than a careful review of the contract before signing.
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    The Right Accountant Will Save You Money
    AAOE
    The right accountant can be a huge asset to any medical practice. A great one will help it run with efficiency, increase profitability and protect it against fraud. Evaluate your accountants and make sure they are giving you the necessary advice and controls to increase your bottom line.
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    Did July 12 come and go without you realizing it? It's ok! We have extended the deadline for you to apply to speak at the 2014 Annual Conference!
    AAOE
    Summer is flying by fast and there is a lot going on! We know you are all busy at your practices, so we have extended the deadline for you to apply to speak at the 2014 Annual Conference, to be held June 1-3 in Washington, D.C. Applications are now due July 19! If you are chosen as a speaker, your conference registration is included! We are specifically requesting courses in the following categories:
    • Information Technology
    • Governance/Leadership
    • Business Development
    • Regulatory Compliance/Legislation
    • Operations
    • Veteran and Boot Camp courses for all categories
    Check out the speaker page for more information. Please Note: Applications received after July 19, 2013 will not be considered!

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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    5 Steps to Avoid a Fine for a Breach of PHI
    AAOE
    With over 600 major breaches of health care information reported to federal authorities since the HIPAA breach notification rule went into effect in 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services is looking to impose greater financial penalties on practices that fail to comply with HIPAA rules. Since 2009, the financial penalties typically occurred with practices that over 500 records breached, but for the first time since the enforcement rules were enacted, a penalty was levied against a health care provider who breached less than 500 records. This is unprecedented and HHS has made it very clear that they will be going to use money recouped through breach-related fines to help fund ongoing enforcement.
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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]
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    Aug. 8 12 - 1:30 p.m. Surviving the Storm: Maintaining an Independent Medical
    Practice in Today's Environment
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       [P2P]: AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference
       [HTW]: Hot Topic Webinar




    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight: Jeffrey Smith
    AAOE
    Council/Committee: Membership Council
    Practice name: Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center
    City/state: Tulsa, Okla.
    Group size: 16 physicians
    Hobby: Biking, boating, running and reading
    Favorite quote:  "Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." — Colin Powell
    Best book ever read: Born Again by Charles Colson
    Favorite movie: Zero Dark Thirty
    Any other information you would like to share: I have been married for 27 years to my wife Tami and have two wonderful children, Jay 17 and Jenna 14.

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Jack Welch
    "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."
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      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    The most important employment documents
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer's success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts. Employers cannot do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But, experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to improve their position in employment litigation. Most of the time, this shaping of the facts depends on the documentation.
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    5 key trends in healthcare for 2013
    Becker's Hospital Review
    It has been a fascinating first half of the year in the healthcare industry. The industry continues to evolve, due in part to several key issues impacting healthcare delivery today. Below we present what we feel are the five biggest issues facing hospitals and healthcare systems, surgery centers and physician practices this year.
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    Best practices for electronic medical billing
    MedCity News
    Electronic medical billing is a process through which healthcare providers digitally submit their patients' bills and claims to the concerned health insurance company. The insurance company will then process each claim and will eventually pay the provider for his services. Alternatively, a claim might also be rejected owing to various reasons in which case the provider will resubmit it after making required corrections.
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    The problem with executive isolation
    Harvard Business Review
    In many large organizations, executive assistants, chiefs of staff, schedulers, and advisors surround senior people; and that's in addition to direct reports who handle particular subject or functional areas. The purpose of this entourage is to leverage the senior executive's limited time. While this process does help to leverage a leader's time, it also has its dark side — it shields the senior executive from direct contact with many of the issues, dynamics, and ideas that are percolating throughout the organization.
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    Deadline extended to apply to speak at the 2014 Annual Conference!
    AAOE
    Summer is flying by fast and there is a lot going on! We know you are all busy at your practices, so we have extended the deadline for you to apply to speak at the 2014 Annual Conference. Applications are now due by July 19!

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    Survey: Physicians say EMRs a key factor to their declining income
    AAOE
    Physicians feel reimbursement, EMRs and hospital employment as key factors to limiting physician pay according to a recent survey by Medicus Firm. The survey was conducted with over 2,500 doctors revealed several workforce trends and practice preferences.

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    Ouch! Patient satisfaction hits physician pay
    Forbes
    Physicians may have an extra incentive to keep their patients from sitting long in the doctor's office waiting room as an increasing amount of their compensation is becoming based on patient satisfaction.



    Quality metrics play small role in physician compensation
    HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
    Quality measures play a small but emerging role in physician compensation, according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association. Researchers from MGMA surveyed more than 60,100 physician and non-physician providers in more than 170 specialties to investigate physician compensation, with a focus on quality and patient satisfaction metrics.
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    5 things every executive should know about social media
    Washington Business Journal
    As social technology moves forward, businesses need to adapt to this evolving trend and turn their businesses into social ones. In order to do that, business managers first need to understand five crucial points about social media in order to use it efficiently within the realm of their organizations.
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    Technical requirements for practices in meaningful use
    EHRIntelligence.com
    Meaningful use compliance is primarily administrative, but as one expert notes, there are some technical considerations to bear in mind as you think through support for your efforts. Having the right EMR in place isn't enough, notes healthcare consultant Shahid Shah, CEO of Netspective Communications. Here's some of the best practices Shah recommends when gearing up for your meaningful use program.
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    US healthcare's dangerous profit fixation
    CNN
    Medicine is big business in America. Nearly one fifth of our GDP is spent on healthcare — 50 percent more than any other developed country. Yet by many measures we are not getting value for money. Healthcare in the U.S. is on an unsustainable course, and costs cannot continue to increase while outcomes continue to deteriorate. This crisis has been blamed on greedy malpractice lawyers, drug companies, health care insurance companies and doctors who over treat patients by practicing defensive or wasteful medicine. And there is something to all of these. Doctors have failed to address this healthcare crisis, so other groups offer solutions — notably economists and political commentators.
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