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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • I Found 'Love' Because of AAOE...
  • Be the Change
  • Advocacy Update

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance
  • Providers struggle to grasp risk level
  • Providers want more clarity in final EHR flexibility rule
  • When hospitals buy clinics, prices go up
  • Is use of GEMs to prepare for ICD-10 wise?
  • Pitfalls emerge in health insurance renewals
  • Inadequate EHR training leads to rejected Medicare claims
  • Meaningful use EHR audits: When, not if




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    I Found 'Love' Because of AAOE...
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    I'm not usually the type of person to get mixed up in intrigue or drama, but now, because of AAOE, I am. You see, I fell in LOVE because of AAOE. I suppose my first brush with my "Knight in Shining Armor" occurred in Washington, DC, at our 2014 conference. I had a destination with fortune as I was sitting in one of our meetings for new members. Oh, I guess I should tell you, I am a new AAOE member.
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    Advocacy Update
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    Two federal Courts of Appeals issued very different rulings today on the legality of an IRS rule that extends Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) subsidies to consumers purchasing their insurance on the federal exchanges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit "reluctantly" struck down the rule, arguing that it runs contrary to the letter of the law which the Court says states that only consumers purchasing from state run exchanges are eligible for federal subsidies.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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. 3-4 AAOS: Orthopaedic Surgical Safety: How to Build Safe Surgical Teams and Improve Patient Outcomes 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


    Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. But only those with an income above about a quarter of a million dollars would benefit from the cap. Those making less would still have to pay as much as 1 percent of their annual income.
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    Providers struggle to grasp risk level
    Healthcare Finance News
    As payers and employers put pressure on providers to assume more financial risk, providers are struggling to assess the impact of the risk they have already assumed. According to a new survey by Black Book Market Research, 93 percent of accountable care organizations, hospitals and physicians are facing the challenge of understanding the level of risk they currently have and are foundering trying to figure out how much more risk they can take on.
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    Providers want more clarity in final EHR flexibility rule
    Bloomberg BNA
    Health care providers want assurances that a proposal intended to give them flexibility in the federal government's electronic health record incentive program won't come back to bite them in future audits. The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association were two of the more than 1,000 groups and individuals that commented this week on a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid that would let meaningful use program participants use EHRs certified under 2011 standards.
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    When hospitals buy clinics, prices go up
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Hospitals have long charged more than freestanding medical offices for similar services. It's part of how they pay for higher operating expenses such as running 24-hour emergency rooms. As the Affordable Care Act attempts to steer people away from pricey inpatient admissions, hospitals have begun buying up doctors' offices in hopes of increasing their revenue and market share.
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    Is use of GEMs to prepare for ICD-10 wise?
    Health Data Management
    In preparation for ICD-10, the federal government developed GEMs, a translation tool to aid in converting data from ICD-9 to 10, and vice versa. But leaders of outsourced coding, auditing and consulting services firm HRS say the tool has limitations and its use should be carefully considered. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control, with input from the American Hospital Association and American Health Information Management Association, created GEMs, which is short for General Equivalence Mappings.
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    Pitfalls emerge in health insurance renewals
    Kaiser Health News
    For the 8 million people who persevered through all the software trapdoors in the new health insurance exchanges and managed to sign up for coverage in 2014, their policies will probably automatically renew come November when open enrollment begins. Seems like good news after all the headaches consumers endured after the program's launch last year. Except that renewing the same policy may not be the best choice. Many may end up paying far more than they need to and with policies that don't best fit their individual circumstances.
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    I Found 'Love' Because of AAOE...
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    I'm not usually the type of person to get mixed up in intrigue or drama, but now, because of AAOE, I am. You see, I fell in LOVE because of AAOE. I suppose my first brush with my "Knight in Shining Armor" occurred in Washington, DC, at our 2014 conference. I had a destination with fortune as I was sitting in one of our meetings for new members. .

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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.

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    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.

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    Inadequate EHR training leads to rejected Medicare claims
    Cleveland Daily Banner via EHRIntelligence.com
    An EHR implementation at one Tennessee health center has led to two months of delayed payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a report in the Cleveland Daily Banner.
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    Meaningful use EHR audits: When, not if
    InformationWeek
    Regardless of how much clinicians complain about their EHRs, if a hospital or medical practice accepts federal money to put them in place, it must prove it's using these electronic tools in a meaningful way, as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "When you pay $21 billion for a government program, you have to conduct appropriate oversight," Robert Anthony of the CMS said at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 conference.
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