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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • How to Compensate for Declining Physician Referrals
  • Strategic Planning: Preparing for Success Part 1 of 3
  • Ask a Healthcare Lawyer: Legal FAQ
  • ALPS Committee Update


  • Compliance Corner
  • Part 4: 3 Best Practices to ensure the Privacy and Security of PHI


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Survey: Telemedicine use on the rise
  • Frustration grows over lack of EHR standards
  • Most physicians work in small practices
  • Nurse practitioners more in demand than most physicians
  • 5 elements of successful patient engagement
  • CDC: Disparities persist despite coverage gains
  • Careful selection, training help facilitate transition to EHR
  • ICD-10: 3 tips for keeping coders productive




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    MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    How to Compensate for Declining Physician Referrals
    Provided by AAOE
    Every year primary care and internal medicine visits generate over 100 million referrals to specialists. Orthopedic surgery practices have traditionally tried to capitalize on this number by being on the receiving end of these referrals. The approach for many specialists to generate referrals was traditionally a simple formula — identify the potential referral sources in the area (primary care, internal medicine, family practice, rhuematology, etc.) and send a "practice rep" to their offices with lunch and brochures. This practice rep usually served as the main marketing source for the practice and was expected to travel to several offices per week.
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    Strategic Planning: Preparing for Success Part 1 of 3
    Provided by AAOE
    In the last several articles we have discussed why all medical groups should conduct strategic planning processes and the 6 steps for developing a strategic plan:
    1. Developing Mission and Vision statements for the group.
    2. Identifying internal Strengths and Weaknesses and External Opportunities and Threats.
    3. Discussing Key Issues.
    4. Developing Objectives.
    5. Developing Strategies to achieve those Objectives.
    6. Creating Action Plans to implement those Strategies.
    Let’s now turn to the "nuts and bolts" of how your medical group can conduct a successful Strategic Planning Process.

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    Ask a Healthcare Lawyer: Legal FAQ
    Provided by AAOE
    AAOE is proud to host a FAQ segment with Duane Morris Law Firm Partner, Patricia S. Hofstra. Patricia will be answering general practice legal questions. Submit your questions to pwalburn@aaoe.net and get answered by the experts!

    Please note: When you submit a question, your name will not be included and the question will be published anonymously.

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    ALPS Committee Update
    Provided by AAOE
    The AAOE ALPS Committee has started the year with several projects. In addition to finding sponsors for the ALPS events that take place at the Annual Conference, the committee has also taken on improving the existing mentorship program. The committee received feedback from past participants and revamped the program into a twelve touch point program to enhance the experience for both mentor and mentee. The committee is also looking to revamp the Welcome Center at the 2016 Annual Conference.

    If the acronym, ALPS, isn't coming to mind, it stands for: AAOE Leaders in Practice Success. The ALPS Committee works to create relationships between new and experienced AAOE members through networking events at the Annual Conference and the mentor program they champion.

    If you would like more information about the ALPS program, please contact Kelsey Koralewski at kkoralewski@aaoe.net.

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    Part 4: 3 Best Practices to ensure the Privacy and Security of PHI
    Provided by AAOE
    Whether you are an administrator of a large healthcare organization, a medical assistant of a small medical practice, or a healthcare provider working out of multiple locations; under HIPAA, we all have a responsibility to ensure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) — regardless of our role.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    July 21 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Speaking the Language of ICD-10 Medical Terminology
    Join us for the July ICD-10 webinars that will focus on changes in code structure and how that may affect documentation requirements. Administrator/Coder webinar airs at 2:00 p.m. ET and the Physician/Provider webinar airs at 7:00 p.m. ET.
    Details
    July 21 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: ICD-10 CM: Documenting Clearly for Successful ICD-10 Implementation
    Join us for the July ICD-10 webinars that will focus on changes in code structure and how that may affect documentation requirements. Administrator/Coder webinar airs at 2:00 p.m. ET and the Physician/Provider webinar airs at 7:00 p.m. ET.
    Details
    July 23 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE P2P Webinar: Business Intelligence to Improve Operations in the Orthopaedic Practice Details
    Aug. 6-9
    2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Aug. 13 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Hot Topic Webinar: You Built It, But Will They Come? Details
    Aug. 18 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Arming Your Practice with Less Than 2 Months to "Go-Live" — What are you doing in your practice for final prep? Details
    Aug. 18 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar:ICD-10 CM: Comparing the Write Documentation for the Right ICD-10 Code Details
    Sept. 10 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE P2P Webinar: Where the 'bleep' is that? Navigating your way through the AAOE website Details
    Sept. 15 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 15 7 - 8:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: Wrapping It All Up, On the Final Countdown to I-10 Day – We Have Time for One More Orthopaedic ICD-10 Overview Details
    Sept. 24 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Hot Topic Webinar Series: The EHR Enigma: Solving the Riddle Through a Unique Collaboration Details
    Sept. 24-26
    2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 25-26
    AOA Leadership Immersion Series – Module 4: Leading High Performing Teams Details
    Oct. 20 2 - 3:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Keeping ICD-10 CM: The ICD-10 Aftermath: Are Claims Being Processed or Denied? Strategy and Recovery Plans for Your Practice Details
    Nov. 5 12 - 1 p.m.
    AAOE Hot Topic Webinar: 30 Days of ICD-10: What We Know So Far Details
    Nov. 19 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    AAOE P2P Webinar: May the Force Be With You Details
    Dec. 10 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Hot Topic Webinar: Strategic Planning in Today’s Environment Details
    June 9, 2016
    AAOE 2016 Annual Conference Details

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


    LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK



    Measuring the Success of Physical and Hand Therapy Programs: Ten Factors That Will Make or Break a Practice
    Ancillary Care Strategies
    As healthcare reform and related healthcare delivery changes continue to reshape the landscape, managers and therapists at physical and occupational therapy practices are looking for opportunities to enhance patient outcomes and reverse declining revenue trends. While focusing on financial benchmarking is certainly appropriate in economically challenging times, all too often therapy managers measure success according to the number of patients scheduled or the dollar amount billed. However, this is only part of a much larger picture.
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Survey: Telemedicine use on the rise
    By Scott E. Rupp
    The latest telehealth report — one of many in a recent string — suggests the market is finally maturing. "Telehealth Index: 2015 Physician Survey" found strong support exists for video-based telemedicine, more so than for telephone or email communications. The report comes at a time when telehealth providers are making a strong push to qualify the video-based doctor's visit as comparable to a trip to the doctor's office, clinic or emergency room.
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    Frustration grows over lack of EHR standards
    Government Health IT
    The adoption of electronic health records is being held up by a lack of standards that would allow different groups to use health care information in an efficient and effective way. Frustration at the slow progress of EHRs was brought out at a recent Senate hearing, where the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions have been conducting hearings to find legislative improvements in EHR adoption.
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    Most physicians work in small practices
    MedPage Today
    More than 60 percent of physicians work in practices with 10 physicians or fewer, and that practice size didn't change much between 2012 and 2014, the American Medical Association said in a new study. "These data show that the majority of physicians were in small practices of 10 or fewer physicians, and that practice size changed very little between 2012 and 2014 in the face of profound structural reforms to healthcare delivery," AMA President-elect Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said in prepared remarks.
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    Nurse practitioners more in demand than most physicians
    Forbes
    When it comes to what a hospital or health system needs to fill the vacancies in a medical staff, primary care doctors like family physicians and internists have long been the top need. But climbing the ranks and jumping past many doctor specialties on the demand scale aren’t physicians at all. They’re nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are filling a critical role for the health care industry, according to national doctor recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins.
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    5 elements of successful patient engagement
    HIT Consultant
    In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about how to engage patients in their care. Patient engagement has always been considered a good thing in practices and health care organizations. Today it is vital to the business of delivering care. Why the shift? Patient engagement is an essential strategy for achieving the "triple aim" of health care.
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    CDC: Disparities persist despite coverage gains
    Modern Healthcare
    As the Affordable Care Act increased access to subsidized health plans last year, fewer adults went uninsured but disparities persisted in their access to insurance and medical care. Fewer adults ages 18 to 64 were uninsured in 2014 compared with the 2013, regardless of race or ethnicity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report. However, the drop in the number of uninsured did not erase the gaps between Hispanic and black adults — who were most likely to be uninsured — and white and Asian adults.
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    Careful selection, training help facilitate transition to EHR
    Healio
    In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act established criteria for health care providers using electronic health records. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, providers must show "meaningful use" of EHR, meaning they are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.
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    ICD-10: 3 tips for keeping coders productive
    Healthcare IT News
    Among the concerns that the mandated transition to ICD-10 brings is a widespread expectation that medical coders will essentially drop off a cliff, productivity-wise, once the compliance deadline arrives. ICD-10's greater specificity and more numerous codes, the thinking goes, will make it trickier and more time consuming for physicians and clinicians to find exactly what they need.
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