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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE Toolkit
  • Article: How Patient Portals Are Changing Health Care
  • Article: The Impact of Electronic Patient Portals on Patient Care: A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials
  • Article: The Benefits of Health Information Technology: A Review of the Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results
  • Book: Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use
  • Book: EHR Implementation Strategies for Success
  • Book: Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead
  • Webinar: The EHR Enigma: Solving the Riddle through a Unique Collaboration
  • Webinar: Beneficial Impacts of Appointment Scheduling on a Patient Access, Patient Experience, and Physician Practice Operations
  • Webinar: Changing Culture: Improving Patient Payments and Revenue Cycle


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Is legislation to end malpractice lawsuits realistic?
  • ACOs appear unable to incentivize physicians to limit costs
  • The graying of the US healthcare workforce
  • ICD-10 experts push back on physician concerns
  • Executive duo adds a physician's perspective to leadership
  • CHIME, AMA strongly support Flex-IT 2 Act to delay meaningful use Stage 3
  • Massive growth continues in mHealth market
  • 3 concerns to address when hiring doctors to work for your hospital




  • AAOE TOOLKIT

    How Patient Portals Are Changing Health Care
    Provided by AAOE
    This article from U.S. News answers the question: "How are patient portals changing healthcare?" Learn the good and bad from patient portals here.
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    The Impact of Electronic Patient Portals
    Provided by AAOE
    JMIR Publications studied the level of patient satisfaction and care when using electronic patient portals. Throughout this study, JMIR collected information on how the patient portals affected patient care.
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    The Benefits of Health Information Technology: A Review of the Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results
    Provided by AAOE
    This article provides access to 50 articles and studies weighing the pros and cons of patient portals. After further review, 92% of these articles were praising patient portals and found them to be a benefit to patient care.
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    Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use
    Provided by AAOE
    This book will guide you through the changes in using EHRs and the opportunities you can expect. It also covers the change in the healthcare industry and how IT will be playing a huge role in that.
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    EHR Implementation Strategies for Success
    Provided by AAOE
    If you're looking to implement a new EHR or EMR, this book will guide you to success.
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    Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead
    Provided by AAOE
    Learn what's important in managing your practice with this book. It will discuss the importance of quality healthcare and how you can achieve that.
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    The EHR Enigma: Solving the Riddle through a Unique Collaboration
    Provided by AAOE
    This upcoming Hot-Topic-Webinar-Series-The-EHR-Enigma-Solving-the-Riddle-through-a-Unique-Collaboration-(Session-1-of-3)-132/details">webinar you will be walked through how to select an EHR. Phoenix Ortho has collaborated with AAOE members to provide the best strategies, tools, and knowledge to select your electronic health record. Register now!
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    Beneficial Impacts of Appointment Scheduling on a Patient Access, Patient Experience, and Physician Practice Operations
    Provided by AAOE
    At the 2015 AAOE Annual Conference, Carrie Miller and Tim Kinner discuss an increase in patients, although a good thing, can present new challenges to orthopaedic practices. Learn how to handle the workload in this webinar.
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    Knee OA: Successfully Bracing Disproportional Legs
    Townsend Design
    It's not easy to fit a standard size rigid OA knee brace on an abnormally shaped leg. Large thigh, small calf. Extra wide knee on a skinny leg. Disproportional legs are often the norm, especially with older or obese patients with OA related knee pain that reduces mobility and quality of life. While custom knee braces can be ordered, they are tougher to get authorized and reimbursed. The patient also has a more substantial co-payment because custom braces cost more to fabricate. So the majority of OA braces being fit in physician clinics are OTS (off-the-shelf) in standard sizes -- generally ranging from XS to 2XL.
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    Changing Culture: Improving Patient Payments and Revenue Cycle
    Provided by AAOE
    Orthopaedic practices' ways of operating are changing which will also presents new challenges for the practices. Learn how to understand the issues and overcome them in this webinar.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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?
    In this FREE hot topic webinar, Stacey Christensen will discuss how to get your patient communications above the fray. This webinar will also cover the following hot topics:
  • Patient Engagement
  • Meaningful Use
  • Communications
  • 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. 8 12 - 1 p.m.
    AAOE Hot Topic Webinar Series: The EHR Enigma: Solving the Riddle through a Unique Collaboration (Session 2 of 3) 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
    Oct. 22 12 - 1 p.m.
    AAOE Hot Topic Webinar Series: The EHR Enigma: Solving the Riddle through a Unique Collaboration (Session 3 of 3) 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


    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Is legislation to end malpractice lawsuits realistic?
    Medscape
    In recent years, physicians, other healthcare providers, and lawmakers across the United States have been addressed by keynote speakers, pitched to, surveyed, and lobbied by people promoting a proposal that would replace civil litigation for claims of medical professional liability with an administrative process for compensating patients for avoidable injuries.
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    ACOs appear unable to incentivize physicians to limit costs
    Medscape
    Practices in affordable care organizations provide a slightly higher compensation for quality when compared with practices at large. Both ACO and non-ACO practices are similar, however, in regard to compensation based on productivity and salary. This suggests that the incentives for ACOs may not be strong enough to encourage practices to change physician compensation policies. ACOs were created by the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They are intended to manage patients through a continuum of care.
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    The graying of the US healthcare workforce
    By Christina Thielst
    The baby boomer generation started reaching retirement age in 2011. As millions of baby boomers are starting to need the additional healthcare services that come with aging, the healthcare industry is considering their labor options. At the same time more workers will be needed, a wave of older healthcare workers will also be retiring. So where will the needed labor come from when there just aren't enough younger workers to fill the gaps?
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    ICD-10 experts push back on physician concerns
    HealthLeaders Media
    A variety of physician gripes over the coming diagnostic code implementation are deftly dismantled by coding experts from AHIMA and AAPC.
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    Executive duo adds a physician's perspective to leadership
    HealthLeaders Media
    Billings Clinic, one of the largest healthcare systems in Montana, recently appointed Deborah Agnew, M.D., FAAP, to be one half of the new CEO/CAO dyad leadership model at two of its sites: Beartooth Billings Clinic and Stillwater Billings Clinic. Both sites of care are rural integrated healthcare organizations, which bring together physician offices, an emergency department, and a 10-bed critical access hospital under one roof. Agnew's new role is CEO; Kelley Evans, who will be CAO (chief administrative officer), has served as CEO at one of the sites — Beartooth Billings Clinics — for more than two decades.
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    CHIME, AMA strongly support Flex-IT 2 Act to delay meaningful use Stage 3
    FierceEMR
    New legislation introduced to Congress aims to delay Stage 3 of meaningful use until at least 2017 to give providers "time to breathe and a reprieve from the unfair penalties." Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., put forth H.R. 3309, "the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act," or Flex-IT 2 Act.
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    Massive growth continues in mHealth market
    By Scott Rupp
    The mHealth market continues to see sizable gains, with its current valuation at more than $10.5 billion, according to a new report by Allied Market Research. The sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33.5 percent from this year through 2020. According to the recent report, blood pressure monitors have the largest share of the global mHealth device market, followed by blood glucose monitors and cardiac monitors.
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    3 concerns to address when hiring doctors to work for your hospital
    FierceHealthcare
    More and more physicians are trading the autonomy of private practice for the security of working in hospital-employed medical groups. However, physician employment is one more challenge for hospitals, according to an article by Navigant Healthcare's Paul Keckley, Ph.D, managing director in the company's healthcare practice.
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