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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • AAOE Advocacy Gets Professional
  • And the Winners Are...
  • Be the Change
  • Welcome!!!!!
  • Committee Update: ALPS (AAOE Leaders in Practice Success) Committee

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Revenue cycle, health IT tools are vital as patients pay more
  • 8 steps to winning your malpractice lawsuit
  • Survey: 22 percent of physicians are opting out of meaningful use
  • ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize
  • Doctors' employment contracts due for renewal — and revamp
  • EHR systems falling short in improving patient safety
  • Proposed doctor fee schedule would change process for setting new payments
  • Lawmakers look to exempt Medicare labs from e-health records




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    AAOE Advocacy Gets Professional
    AAOE
    The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives is officially registered as a lobbying organization and, advocacy coordinator, Bradley Coffey is registered as the organization's in-house lobbyist. This will allow AAOE to become more proactive as it advocates for the issues that matter most to you! You can view our registration and quarterly reports on the AAOE Advocacy website. Simply click on "Transparency in Advocacy" and enter your log-in information. For more information, you can contact AAOE at 800-247-9699 or info@aaoe.net.
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    And the Winners Are...
    AAOE
    Thank you to everyone who completed the Annual Conference Survey. Your feedback is invaluable and helps us in the planning of each year's conference. This year, AAOE held a drawing for ten $25 gift cards. Here are your winners:
      Alexandra Archibald
      Mike Cimon
      Rina Fann
      Tom Flood
      Elaine Harne
      Bonnie Lynch
      Ron O'Neal
      Dan Pohlgeers
      Tom Witt
      Jill Yates

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    Be the Change
    AAOE
    AAOE is able to grow and evolve, in part, because of the work put in by all of the member volunteers, but there is so much more we can do! There are open positions and they are waiting to be filled BY YOU!!!! The following councils and committees have open positions: Advocacy Council, ALPS (AAOE Leaders in Practice Success) Committee, Benchmarking Committee, Communications Council and Education Council. For more information, you can contact AAOE at 800-247-9699 or info@aaoe.net. To apply, click here.
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    Welcome!!!!!
    AAOE
    AAOE would like to welcome all new members who joined in June of 2014. For more information on membership, you can contact AAOE at 800-247-9699 or info@aaoe.net. To apply for membership, click here.
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    Committee Update: ALPS (AAOE Leaders in Practice Success) Committee
    AAOE
    The ALPS Committee is responsible for the communication between AAOE and its new members. Committee members personally reach out to all new members to ensure that they are finding value in their membership, while also making sure that they are receiving the support from AAOE that they need. During the conference, the committee is responsible for the coordination of the Ambassador events. This year, the Ambassador Luncheon, sponsored by McKesson and the Ambassador Breakfast, sponsored by Origin were very successful. Invited to this event were new members, first-time attendees and leadership. During the lunch attendees were given the opportunity to interact with each other and make new acquaintances. Attendees participated in a "Get to Know You" BINGO-style game and had the opportunity to win prizes for their participation. Prizes that were given away were $50 Visa gift cards, an iPad, and a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker! While at the breakfast, attendees were given an overview of the volunteer program. The book How to Say Anything to Anyone, by Shari Harley and donated by Greater Chesapeake Orthopaedics, LLC and Orthopaedic Associates of Frederick, was available for each attendee to take home.

    The ALPS Committee is also responsible for AAOE's Mentoring Program. If you would like to be a mentor, or if you would like to find out how you can be connected with a mentor, you can contact AAOE at 800-247-9699 or info@aaoe.net.

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    July 24 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Starting Over – A Continuation of ICD-10-CM Education and Readiness [HTW] Details
    July 31- Aug. 3 2014 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executive Annual Meeting Details
    Aug. 14 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Business Intelligence [P2P] Details
    Aug. 28 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Release of Information Risk Mitigation Through the Use of Quality Control Processes and Measurements Details
    Sept. 11 12 - 1:30 p.m. AAOE Webinar: The Benchmarking Survey Details
    Sept. 12-14 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Oct. 2-4 2014 Midwest AAOE Fall Meeting Details
    Oct. 8-10 19th Annual Bones of PA Meeting Details
    Oct. 23 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: The Role of Marketing and Public Relations in Medicine Details
    Sept. 24-26 2015 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details

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


    QUOTE OF THE WEEK



    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Revenue cycle, health IT tools are vital as patients pay more
    EHRIntelligence.com
    As the Affordable Care Act takes hold in a big way and accountable care models ask patients to take more financial responsibility for their health and well-being, the adoption of revenue cycle management tools has become the next critical chapter of the health IT implementation saga. Providers who have finally settled into using their EHRs are finding that significant gaps in their business processes are allowing revenue to leak away, and are starting to take action to plug the holes.
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    8 steps to winning your malpractice lawsuit
    New England Journal of Medicine via Medscape
    If you haven't yet been sued for medical malpractice, the sad truth is that you very well may be at some point in your career. By age 65, 75 percent of physicians in low-risk specialties will have been sued, compared with 99 percent of physicians in high-risk specialties, according to results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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    Survey: 22 percent of physicians are opting out of meaningful use
    Medscape via HIT Consultant
    Twenty-two percent of physicians are opting out of meaningful use, according to the 2014 Medscape EHR Report. The survey found that 16 percent said they will never attest to meaningful use requirements, and another 6 percent of participants said they are abandoning meaningful use after meeting the requirements in previous years, up 2 percent from 2012. Overall, 78 percent of participating physicians said they were attesting to meaningful use Stage 1(30 percent) or Stage 2 (48 percent) in 2014.
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    ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize
    FierceHealthIT
    Healthcare providers — and practice managers, in particular — would be wise to take advantage of the most recent ICD-10 delay, not by shifting their focus to other projects, but instead shoring up potential areas of weakness, according to family physician Stephen Spain.
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    Doctors' employment contracts due for renewal — and revamp
    Modern Healthcare
    Physician employment contracts with hospitals that were signed in the early days of healthcare reform are coming up for renewal. Experts say the expectation of payment reform requires that these new deals include the flexibility to adapt to expected and unforeseeable changes.
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    EHR systems falling short in improving patient safety
    Health Data Management
    Health information technology, such as electronic health records, has the potential to dramatically improve patient safety. Nevertheless, a majority of healthcare organizations are not using EHRs to help track adverse events, and ones that are have their own health IT–related safety risks.
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    Be the Change
    AAOE
    AAOE is able to grow and evolve, in part, because of the work put in by all of the member volunteers, but there is so much more we can do! There are open positions and they are waiting to be filled BY YOU!!!!

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    Tips for ICD-10 testing
    Health Data Management
    Among the multitude of tasks to prepare for the ICD-10 code sets, providers also should conduct two core tests with insurers: Acknowledgement testing, also known as historical validation testing, and End-to-End testing.

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    2 new studies analyze EHR, health IT adoption trends
    Health Affairs via iHealthBeat
    The journal Health Affairs published two studies by current and former workers at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT that examine health IT adoption trends and challenges.

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    Proposed doctor fee schedule would change process for setting new payments
    Bloomberg BNA
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule rule that would change the agency's procedure for establishing payments for services. Beginning in 2016, "payment changes will go through notice and comment rulemaking before being adopted," the CMS said in a fact sheet.
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    Lawmakers look to exempt Medicare labs from e-health records
    The Hill
    House lawmakers are pressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove penalties on Medicare diagnostic labs that don't use electronic medical records. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires Medicare providers to upgrade to Electronic Health Record systems or receive less in reimbursements.
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