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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Member to Member: "A More Meaningful SWOT Analysis"
  • Member to Member: "Do You Know Your ‘In-Office' Collection Ratio?"
  • Volunteer Opportunities still available

  • Compliance Corner
  • "How to Avoid an OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement"

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Activists in Calif. challenge medical malpractice cap
  • Physicians' malpractice concerns predict more testing
  • Why Congress should pass the Accuracy in Medicare Physician Payment Act
  • Top 5 responsibilities physicians and patients have to each other
  • New generation of implants adds mileage to worn-out knees
  • House committee passes SGR repeal bill before August recess


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK


    'A More Meaningful SWOT Analysis'
    AAOE
    We are reprinting the article that was printed two weeks ago because two pages of the article were cut off. We would like to apologize to member Ron Chorzewski and thank him for sharing his knowledge with us.
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    'Do You Know Your 'In-Office' Collection Ratio?
    AAOE
    Collecting from patients at the time of service is more the rule than the exception today. The main reasons practices may have gone to this policy is to increase receipts while decreasing billing costs. The greatest intangible benefit practices may have realized is that they were able to remove collections from becoming an interference to good patient relations.
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    Volunteer Opportunities still available
    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)
    • Annual Conference Committee — Member-at-Large (6 positions)
    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
    By developing a compliance program; performing monitoring and auditing; and training employees/ providers; your practice will be able to discover and self-report any and all violations of law related to Federal and state healthcare programs. You will then be able to self demonstrate corrective actions based on your findings, and avoid becoming one of the many practices who will be required to operate under a corporate integrity agreement in the future.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

       
    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Aug. 22 12 - 1:30 p.m. Winning with Bundled Payments [P2P] Details
    Aug. 28 12 - 1:30 p.m. Utilizing the AAOE Benchmarking Survey: Using Key Performance Indicators [P2P] Details
    Aug. 29-30 Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives (GAOE) Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 20-22 Bones Society of Florida (BSOF) Annual Meeting Details
    Oct. 9-11 Bones of Pennsylvania 18th Annual MeetingDetails

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


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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Activists in Calif. challenge medical malpractice cap
    Modern Healthcare
    Medical journals and healthcare publications may soon notice more readers taking deep research dives into their archives looking for old studies, reports and articles on defensive medicine. That's because California's landmark 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act — which limits pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 — is coming under fire from two fronts.
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    Physicians' malpractice concerns predict more testing
    HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
    Physicians' concerns about malpractice risk predict more aggressive diagnostic testing practices in office-based care, according to a study published in a recent issue of Health Affairs.
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      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
    Integrated EMR & Image Management for Orthopedics


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    Teleradiology Built For Your Needs

    Focused expertise in MRI teleradiology with sub-specialty radiologists and skilled support staff using the latest workflow technology. Assistance with accreditation and technologist support. Cost effective. Each relationship is crafted to meet the needs of the client. Radiologists work in a collaborative environment to produce the most accurate interpretations.
    eClinical Works

    eClinicalWorks offers a comprehensive EHR solution, so Practice Management works in concert with the entire eClinicalWorks line. It is just one part of an inclusive product, combining an EMR, PM, community health exchange, reporting system, mobile system, patient messaging system and patient Web portal.


    Why Congress should pass the Accuracy in Medicare Physician Payment Act
    Health Affairs
    With the recent release of two mainstream exposes, one in the Washington Post and another in the Washington Monthly, the American Medical Association's medical procedure valuation franchise, the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, has been exposed to the light of public scrutiny. "Special Deal," Haley Sweetland Edwards' piece in the Monthly, provides by far the more detailed and lucid explanation of the mechanics of the RUC's arrangement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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    Top 5 responsibilities physicians and patients have to each other
    By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
    If you've ever been in a hospital, you may have noticed placards or posters that talk about the hospital's responsibility to the patient and the patient's responsibilities while at the hospital. Most of these center around treating the patient with respect and privacy and conversely with the patient treating the hospital and its employees with respect. But I think there is also a code of responsibility between the physician and patient in the clinic setting, outside of the hospital. Something more personal than just patient and hospital. I'm talking about the oft-referenced patient-physician relationship.
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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.



    New generation of implants adds mileage to worn-out knees
    The Orange County Register via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Even the boomers' Greatest Generation parents are getting knee implants in higher numbers. Life expectancy keeps increasing, of course, but there's also a greater awareness of how quickly health can decline if immobility leaves an elderly person homebound and isolated.
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    House committee passes SGR repeal bill before August recess
    AAFP
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a Medicare physician payment bill on July 31 that would abolish the sustainable growth rate formula and provide a 0.5 percent physician payment increase for the next five years.
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