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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • High Tech Crystal Balls — Predictive Analytics
  • Reference Pricing
  • Advocacy Update — Durable Medical Equipment
  • PA Roles Survey
  • Council and Committee Update — Education Council

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Why some docs will 'just say no' to MU
  • 4 ethical dilemmas facing physicians
  • The battle against misdiagnosis
  • California asks: Should doctors face drug tests?
  • Physician readiness should be a major focus of ICD-10 prep
  • Ain't no sunshine in this act
  • Is healthcare really ready for consumerization?
  • New Medicaid program seeks to foster innovation




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    High Tech Crystal Balls — Predictive Analytics
    AAOE
    Data! Big Data! Bigger Data! "Big data" and data analytics are all the rage. Moneyball was a successful book and movie telling a story about the use of data and predictive analytics to improve a baseball team.
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    Reference Pricing
    AAOE
    Reference pricing was designed to drive pricing down to the lowest possible level on commodity items (prescriptions, DME) on which there is little difference in composition, quality and efficacy. The Obama administration has now approved reference pricing for hospital services and this could have interesting consequences for physicians and patients.
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    Advocacy Update — Durable Medical Equipment
    AAOE
    On July 25, 2014 the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives sent out its first action alert to ask members to write their members of Congress on an issue that could affect most orthopaedic practices, a new "specialized training" requirement for fitters of custom-fitted orthotics. To date we have had 635 letters go out to our elected officials asking them to tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that this proposed rule will only end up hurting the patient. If you have not yet written your members of Congress, do so now! Click here to be taken to our Legislative Action Center! AAOE is working with other, like minded organizations, to defeat this proposed rule and ensure that orthopaedic practices can continue to fit custom-fitted orthotics with the staff they deem appropriate. We have also posted an official comment letter which you can view here.
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    PA Roles Survey
    AAOE
    The AAOE Listserv is the highest rated member benefit by AAOE members. Recently, George D. Trantow, FACHE, Executive Director of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, Midvalley Amb. Surgery Center & Midvalley Imaging Center in Basalt, Colorado, and AAOE's immediate past president, recently conducted a survey, via the AAOE Listserv, on how Pas are used in orthopaedic practices.
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    Council and Committee Update — Education Council
    AAOE
    This week's committee/council update is brought to you by the AAOE Education Council.

    Ever since the Annual Conference in June, the Education Council has been working to continue to provide educational opportunities on subjects that matter most to the AAOE membership. Using the feedback that was submitted during the Annual Conference, the Council is focusing the "Peer 2 Peer" and "Hot Topic" webinars on issues that the membership identified as areas of need, such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, and Human Resource related topics.

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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


    Why some docs will 'just say no' to MU
    Healthcare IT News
    Thousands of eligible providers are working diligently toward EHR incentive payments, but some practices are choosing a different route: abandoning meaningful use altogether in favor of their own solutions, and finding ways to make up for the penalties they’ll incur down the road.
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    4 ethical dilemmas facing physicians
    Modern Medicine
    Today's physicians are subject to numerous competing pressures, rooted in both time and money, perhaps to an extent they've never experienced before. Medical Economics consulted doctors and healthcare experts to explore the push-pull of four ethical, financial, and logistical dilemmas that doctors must navigate in 2014 — and beyond.
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    Partial Knee Replacements With Robotic Technology: A New Trend for ASCs
    Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
    "Jefferson Surgical Center at the Navy Yard Administrator Joseph DeMarco and surgeon Jess Lonner, MD, and Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin Chief Administrative Officer Mark Smith discuss why they created a robotic technology program at their ASCs and where they see the biggest opportunities for success in the future."
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    The battle against misdiagnosis
    The Wall Street Journal
    There are times when a single, unexpected death sparks a change in medical practice. In 2012 a 12-year-old boy named Rory Staunton died after being misdiagnosed in a New York City emergency room. Multiple physicians missed the symptoms, signs and lab results pointing to a streptococcal bacterial infection that led to septic shock and overwhelmed Rory's body. The tragedy prompted New York state in January 2013 to introduce "Rory's regulations," a set of stringent protocols aimed at preventing similar incidents in hospitals.
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    California asks: Should doctors face drug tests?
    The New York Times
    At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. That may be about to change. California would become the first state to require doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests under a measure to appear on the ballot this November.
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    Physician readiness should be a major focus of ICD-10 prep
    Healthcare IT News
    A February 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the ICD-10 conversion, and this lack of provider readiness was a major reason congress pushed back the 2014 deadline. Lacking the expertise in-house and lacking the time and money to seek outside help, many physicians have procrastinated on preparations.
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    High Tech Crystal Balls — Predictive Analytics
    AAOE
    Data! Big Data! Bigger Data! "Big data" and data analytics are all the rage. Moneyball was a successful book and movie telling a story about the use of data and predictive analytics to improve a baseball team.

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    Understanding script testing in the EHR adoption process
    EHRIntelligence.com
    In many quarters it is a toss-up as to which is a duller activity, conducting script testing or reading about it. Script testing is not exciting, sexy, or like watching attractive actors walk in slow motion towards you as the background explodes into a wall of fire.

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    3 privacy and security challenges in meaningful use Stage 2
    Government Health IT
    Since the inception of meaningful use within the HITECH Act through April 2014, approximately 80 percent of all eligible hospitals received an incentive payment for demonstrating Meaningful Use requirements through the use of an EHR.

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    Ain't no sunshine in this act
    MedPage Today
    Recently, the Hershey, Pa., neurosurgeon and president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons sat down at his computer to register for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act database — set for its public debut on Sept. 30 — which will track payments made to providers by pharmaceutical and device companies. The database is aimed at shedding light on physician interactions with companies that make the medications and medical devices that doctors prescribe to patients.
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    Is healthcare really ready for consumerization?
    Government Health IT
    The evolution of technology in the healthcare industry over the past 30 years has occurred in three distinct waves. The first, a financial wave, was facilitated by the industry’s adoption of payer and provider IT solutions to speed billing and reimbursement. Clinical in nature, the second wave introduced electronic health records and new delivery system models initiated to address problems and failures from the first wave.
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    New Medicaid program seeks to foster innovation
    By Maria Frisch
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program, a group of technical assistance tools. The aim of this program is to improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries, thereby supporting the Triple Aim and reducing overall costs for the Medicaid program. Medicaid IAP is different from the State Innovation Models program, which provides funding for state-driven healthcare innovation in broad areas like population health and delivery of care.
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