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Register for new audio conference and webinar today
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The next peer-to-peer audio conference is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST Aug. 16 and will cover the AAOE benchmarking survey. The next webinar is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST Sept. 18 and will cover negotiating PPO agreements. Register for both today by logging into the AAOE Live Learning Center and clicking on "Members Only." More


Date Event More Information
Aug. 16
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Benchmarking Survey Review and Discussion sponsored by AAOE Register
Aug. 20-24 AAOE Summer School Pass to recorded Annual Conference content via the Live Learning Center for AAOE Members TBA
Sept. 12
11 a.m.-noon CDT
AAOE Webinar: Blueprint for Success: How to Negotiate Your PPO Agreements for High $$ Success sponsored by AAOE and Healthcents Register
Sept. 28-29 AAOS Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice in an Era of Healthcare Transformation Register

   Note: More future state society meetings can be found here at the website.

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Wage-and-hour (Part II of II)
Tom Ealey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This article expands on Part I. The relationship between employer and employee is complicated on many levels, and no more so than the payroll relationship. This relationship is subject to regulation by many agencies, and some of the more important are the federal regulations found in the Fair Labor Standards Act. More

ListServ hot topics
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Recent topics of interest on the AAOE ListServ include PACS and iPads, accident self-pay, voice recognition software/EMR, office staff structure and background checks. AAOE members, feel free to add or bring a new topic to the discussion. Access the ListServ here.

AAOE Listserv organization
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As a reminder, for step-by-step instructions on how to differentiate the AAOE Listserv from your other emails, click here. You may also access these instructions by logging in as a member to, selecting "Listserv," then selecting "To Filter Posts."

Committee Member Spotlight: Kalen Privatsky
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Get to know a bit about one of your fellow AAOE members:

Name: Kalen Privatsky
Involvement with the AAOE: I have been involved with AAOE since 2006. I have been on the Member Communication Committee for the last two years and am currently the chair of this committee.
Practice name: Valley Orthopedic Associates/Proliance Surgeons, Inc.
Location: Renton, Wash. — 10 miles south of Seattle
Practice information: 14 orthopaedic surgeons, three nonop physicians, 10 PAs, ASC, MRI and three practice locations
Hobbies: I enjoy all outdoor activities including water and snow skiing, fishing, hiking, etc. I also enjoy coaching my son's basketball and baseball teams.
Favorite quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams
Favorite book: "Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization" — John Wooden Favorite movie: I like most all comedy movies.
Other interesting facts: Over the last few years I was a volunteer firefighter for my community. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed the adrenalin rush and working as a team as a first responder.

Leadership Quote of the Week
Lou Holtz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Mr. Sandman Delivers Dream T.V.

With The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” playing in the background, a crowd donning buttons saying “What’s Your Dream?” began gathering around Jon “Mr. Sandman” McCune of Phoenix Ortho. The winner, Jacque Stahl from Olympia Orthopaedic Associates of Olympia, Washington, said, “My husband is never going to believe this. I never win anything!” MORE


1st glimpse at meaningful use stage 3 measures
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There's a new checklist coming to town — and it won't be easy. That would be stage 3 of meaningful use. Indeed, the cadre of tasks promises to go a long way toward industry improvements in care delivery. Simply put: Physicians and hospitals will need to integrate more clinical decision support into their practices and coordinate care more extensively to meet meaningful use measures in 2016. More

Hips and knees giving out? Join the crowd
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the past several years, orthopedic surgeons have seen a significant increase in patients who need total knee- and hip-replacement surgeries. The factors behind this growth include age, weight, longevity and lifestyle choices. All these trends relate to one primary age group: baby boomers. More

Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or
Merge Healthcare: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Orthopedics
Merge Healthcare’s new webinar outlines the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) rules and describes how they will specifically affect orthopedic practices. Watch this webinar to learn more about the upcoming MU timeline, how to adopt an MU strategy, and how you can streamline workflow and improve patient care.
McKesson EHR
for Orthopaedics
Hear from McKesson EHR customer, Nabil Razzouk, Ph.D, CEO of Arrowhead Orthopaedics as he discusses their search for a new EHR and their current use of McKesson’s Practice Partner EHR in their 7-location, mutli-provider practice in southern California. Orthopaedic physicians from Arrowhead Orthopaedics have also successfully attested for
Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
Hear their story.

Top 21 reason codes for denied claims
Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here are the top 21 claim adjustment codes, followed by reason codes, reflecting why a claim wasn't paid or was paid differently than billed. These codes pertain to claims for all specialties across the country from April 23 through July 30. Data is based on RemitDATA database, which houses 25 percent of all national outpatient remittances. More

This robot is poised to change surgery forever
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Robotic surgery has only been around since the early 2000s, but in certain surgical fields it's already overtaken traditional open surgery. In the past, surgeons had to make large incisions in order to reach the organs they needed to operate on. Now, the new high-tech robot, called the da Vinci Surgical System, is poised to completely revolutionize surgery once again. In some ways, it already has. More

See related article: 10 sport medicine surgeons using robotic technology (Becker's Orthopedic Review)

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Knee simulator to help improve unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
Clemson University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have created a special human knee simulator that they hope will help improve various aspects of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Because every patient's knee is unique, including how it is affected by arthritis over time, the success of surgery can vary greatly. Additionally, proper matching of implants to patients remains a hit-and-miss process that has the potential for a lot of improvement. More

Pig tissue seen fixing injury that sidelined NBA's Jeremy Lin
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A tiny tissue tear has gotten in the way of the careers of former New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and English Premier League soccer star Michael Essien. The same injury also routinely ruins the fun of millions of weekend warriors. Now a new technology using pig tissue may save those careers and undo the painful damage from torn meniscus in knees. More

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