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As a reminder, the 2012-2013 Member Communications Committee* is seeking feedback on the weekly newsletter, AAOE eNews. Please click here and complete a short, four-question survey by Monday, July 23. Your input will help improve this member benefit and is much appreciated.

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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; and Dennis Viellieu


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Book review: 'Shed or You're Dead'
Nicole Heilman, AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kathy B. Dempsey, a former hospital executive, was forced to re-examine her life after facing the unfortunate news of being diagnosed with AIDS. This diagnosis was the result of workplace exposure. Her book, "Shed or You're Dead," is a product of that re-examination and provides insight, encouragement and motivation to those looking to make improvements in their lives. Through her metaphor of the necessity of lizards to shed their skin, she relays how we as individuals as well as organizations also constantly need to "shed." She not only provides information on her philosophy but also tactics on implementing the "Three R's of Shedding:" releasing attachments, reframing the situation and refocusing your energy. She reminds us that we all need to routinely ask ourselves, "What no longer serves me?" If you are looking for a quick, practical work pick-me-up, I recommend this short read.

The heavy impact of obesity on medical office practices
Tom Ealey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Obesity is becoming a major clinical practice and office safety issue. Physician leaders and practice executives must develop policies and train staff to cope with these challenges. More

Leadership Quote of the Week
Caroline Schoeder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat."

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


Q&A: Why a physician-owned orthopaedics specialty hospital can succeed
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rothman Institute founder Richard Rothman, M.D., President Todd Albert, M.D., and CEO Mike West are joined by Rothman Specialty Hospital CEO Kelly Doyle and Nueterra Healthcare COO Marc Goff to discuss the benefits, challenges and uniqueness of orthopaedic specialty hospitals. More

As lawsuits climb, Johnson & Johnson may have new hip trauma
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Johnson & Johnson faces a potentially more damaging and costly sequel to the $3 billion recall of its ASR all-metal artificial hips two years ago, one of the most expensive medical device failures in U.S. history. A successor to ASR, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system has nearly 1,600 lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. More

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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.
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Malpractice claims at record low, not driving health costs
Insurance Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The consumer group Public Citizen says that medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at a record low and have fallen for eight straight years. The group says this data shows that malpractice payments are not to blame for the rising cost of healthcare. More

3 truths of health data exchange
Government Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In healthcare, the government mandates data structure for certain types of electronic exchange. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, a mentality persists that standardizing and sharing data entails a difficult process to implement. People are often misguided and intimidated by the perceived complexities of structured data along with the technical obstacles of securely exchanging it with other healthcare entities. More

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Medicare cost-saving groups sign up for coordination bid
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The groups of U.S. hospitals and physicians agreeing to coordinate care for Medicare patients has almost tripled this year to 154 as the organizations seek a share of $1.9 billion in additional government payments. Medicare signed up 89 new accountable care organizations this year as of July 1. More

Taxes on health professionals targeted in Medicaid reform bill
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
States no longer would be able to leverage taxes to healthcare professionals and intergovernmental transfers to boost federal matching funds artificially under a proposal to overhaul Medicaid's financing. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced a bill aimed at achieving more accountability and efficiency for Medicaid funding by instituting a formula that caps and more evenly distributes federal Medicaid dollars among the states. More

Hospitals finding patients on Google, Facebook
Kaiser Health News and The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the University of Pennsylvania Health System sought new patients for its lung transplant service last year, it turned to Facebook and Google. The results of the $20,000 advertising campaign on the websites exceeded administrators' expectations. More

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