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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Member to Member: 'A More Meaningful SWOT Analysis'
  • From new member, Will Whelehan
  • Be the Change — Volunteer Today!

  • Compliance Corner
  • 'Have You Evaluated Your Safety Devices This Year?'

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Zelda Theophilus-Hanna
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Fringe benefit plans: Valuable planning tools you haven't heard of
  • How a secretive panel uses data that distort doctors' pay
  • Infographic: Physician compensation
  • What can we do to prevent medical malpractice?
  • Physician specialties needed during next decade span spectrum
  • National healthcare reform sparks concern about scams
  • MGMA calls for full testing of ICD-10
  • IOM won't back geographically based value index


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Member to Member: 'A More Meaningful SWOT Analysis'
    AAOE
    Evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of an organization are the foundational blocks on which a SWOT Analysis is built. Unfortunately, the final product is often too rigid. Limited in scope, a SWOT Analysis often represents a snapshot of what is important to an organization at a particular moment. They have limited ability to evolve. They are limited in perspective as they tend to only incorporate the view of those inside of the organization. There is no objective ranking of items listed in each particular category and one can only assume that those items at the top of each list are more important to an organization.
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    From new member, Will Whelehan
    AAOE
    "I have been a member of many professional organizations and my membership in AAOE has been by far the most positive. I love the annual conference and the networking opportunities it enables, but also value the News and Announcements and advocacy done on our behalf."
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    Be the Change — Volunteer Today!
    AAOE
    Are you ready to be active in AAOE? Take charge and have a say in the association direction and execution! We have several committee/council openings that are waiting for you.
    • Communications Council — Member-at-Large (3 positions)
    • State and Regional Societies Committee — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • Technology Committee — Member-at-Large (2 positions)
    • Advocacy Council — Member-at-Large (no limit)
    • Education Council — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • ALPS Committee — Member-at-Large (2 positions)
    • Membership Council — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • Benchmarking Committee — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    Apply Now!
    (To read the charges, composition, and time commitment for each position, please click here.)

    Return your application, along with your CV, via email to info@aaoe.net, or fax, to 317-805-0340. Chairs will review applications and you will be contacted with their vote.

    Together we will continue AAOE's legacy as the premiere association for orthopaedic practice executives and their staff.

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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    'Have You Evaluated Your Safety Devices This Year?'
    AAOE
    According to OSHA, one of the top five most frequently cited sections of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in 2011 was in 29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv), "Review and Update Exposure Control Plan" — particularly that the review must reflect changes in technology, and document annual consideration and implementation of safer medical devices. It has also been our recent experience that OSHA has been focusing on the performance of these evaluations when performing medical office inspections and several facilities have been issued citations for not abiding by these regulations.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Aug. 8 12 - 1:30 p.m. Surviving the Storm: Maintaining an Independent Medical
    Practice in Today's Environment
    Details
    Aug. 29-30 Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives (GAOE) Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 20-22 Bones Society of Florida (BSOF) Annual Meeting Details

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


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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight: Zelda Theophilus-Hanna
    AAOE
    Council/Committee: State and Regional Societies Committee
    Practice name: The Spine and Scoliosis Center
    City/state: Orlando, Fla.
    Group size: 3 Physicians and 2 PA's
    Hobby:: swimming, reading
    Favorite quote: "The Will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you," — Anonymous
    Best book ever read: Wuthering Heights
    Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Fringe benefit plans: Valuable planning tools you haven't heard of
    By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
    As authors of a number of books on financial planning specifically for for orthopaedic surgeons and a speaker at multiple AAOE meetings, we have spoken with many executives at orthopaedic practices across the U.S. Inevitably, we find that AAOE members are challenged with creating more tax, benefit and wealth planning opportunities for their doctors, as reimbursements drop and expenses increase. Fortunately, both qualified retirement plans and fringe benefit plans can help you address these challenges in significant ways. In this article, we will discuss the basics of these two plans.
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    How a secretive panel uses data that distort doctors' pay
    The Washington Post
    Unknown to most, a single committee of the American Medical Association, the chief lobbying group for physicians, meets confidentially every year to come up with values for most of the services a doctor performs. Those values are required under federal law to be based on the time and intensity of the procedures. The values, in turn, determine what Medicare and most private insurers pay doctors. But the AMA's estimates of the time involved in many procedures are exaggerated, sometimes by as much as 100 percent, according to an analysis of doctors' time, as well as interviews and reviews of medical journals.
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    Infographic: Physician compensation
    PhysBizTech
    Income is up, frustration still exists,and healthcare reform is making a definite impact on physician practices. In a 2013 survey conducted by Medscape, doctors revealed the number of hours worked, changes to their practice, and satisfaction with their compensation and the practice of medicine. Take a look at this infographic for some highlights from the survey.
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    What can we do to prevent medical malpractice?
    Medscape
    The term "medical malpractice" will bring a chill down everyone's spine, unless, of course, you are a trial prosecution lawyer. Then, perhaps, that makes your day. Nonetheless, good doctors get sued. Unfortunately, some of these good doctors are actually found guilty. What can we do to prevent medical malpractice suits? A fantastic contribution has just been made by Dr. Douglas Rex from Indiana University.
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    Physician specialties needed during next decade span spectrum
    Houston Chronicle
    Those planning to enter medical school in coming years will find demand in almost every specialty, but particularly in primary-care areas of internists, hospitalists (physicians based in hospitals who take care of admitted patients), psychiatrists and orthopedic surgeons.
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    Be the Change — Volunteer Today!
    AAOE
    Are you ready to be active in AAOE? Take charge and have a say in the association direction and execution! We have several committee/council openings that are waiting for you.

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    ONC, CMS push back against suggested meaningful use delay
    iHealthBeat
    During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, CMS officials pushed back against lawmakers' requests to delay the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports.

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    Missed diagnoses, drug errors are major cause of malpractice suits
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Most malpractice claims against primary care doctors are the result of drug errors and missed diagnoses, particularly of cancer, heart attack and meningitis, a new review finds.



    National healthcare reform sparks concern about scams
    Los Angeles Times
    The national health reform law is expected to open the door for identity theft and insurance scams when millions of uninsured Americans begin enrolling in coverage this fall, officials and advocates warn. The Federal Trade Commission said dozens of consumers have reported fraud since last summer's Supreme Court ruling upholding the law, and officials predict widespread abuse when enrollment begins in October.
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    MGMA calls for full testing of ICD-10
    MedPage Today
    Medicare should conduct ICD-10 testing with physician practices and other external partners before the new coding system comes online next year, medical group practice leaders said this week. The call from the Medical Group Management Association comes after the revelation that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not be conducting end-to-end testing to ensure providers and Medicare can effectively transmit claims.
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    IOM won't back geographically based value index
    Modern Healthcare
    Congress should not adopt a geographically based value index for Medicare because healthcare decisions are not made at the regional level, but rather at the physician or organizational level, an Institute of Medicine committee concluded in a report. The findings in the 178-page study reiterate the committee's preliminary observations in an interim report this year: Because individual physician performance varies, an index that is based on regions is not likely to encourage more efficient behavior among providers and is unlikely to improve the overall value of care.
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