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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Membership Survey: Meaningful Use Participation
  • Ask a Healthcare Lawyer: Legal FAQ
  • Call for Volunteers


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week


  • Leadership in the Limelight
  • AAOE Benchmarking Council Member Tom McNeil


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Healthcare industry to CMS: Finalize the meaningful use rule
  • Time to revisit benchmarks for physician pay
  • To address doctor shortages, some states focus on residencies
  • Nearly 90 percent of Americans now have health insurance
  • Docs get flexibility on ICD-10, leaving questions for hospitals
  • Now Yelp can help patients pick a hospital or doctor
  • Analysis: EHR costs outweigh benefits
  • Begin with the end in mind: Common EHR activation risks and how to mitigate them




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Membership Survey: Meaningful Use Participation
    Provided by AAOE
    In July 2010, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) implemented the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which allowed for eligible providers to receive incentive payments for adopting and successfully demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). These regulations became effective in September 2010, and set the foundation for the stages of the meaningful use program and the certification criteria for electronic health record technology. According to CMS attestation data from the program's inception through February 2015, more than 350,000 eligible providers have registered for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and have received over $7.025 billion dollars in incentive payments.
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    Ask a Healthcare Lawyer: Legal FAQ
    Provided by AAOE
    AAOE is proud to host a FAQ segment with Duane Morris Law Firm Partner, Patricia S. Hofstra. Patricia will be answering general practice legal questions. Submit your questions to pwalburn@aaoe.net and get answered by the experts!

    Please note: When you submit a question, your name will not be included and the question will be published anonymously.

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    Call for Volunteers
    Provided by AAOE
    Member contribution is invaluable to AAOE as an organization. We wouldn't survive without it! The best way to get involved in AAOE is to volunteer on one of the many AAOE councils and committees. There are over 170 positions available on AAOE councils, committees, and Board of Directors. Now it's your turn to get involved!
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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
    Aug. 27 1 - 2 p.m. AAOE Hot Topic Webinar: Orthopaedic Marketing and Public Relations: The 4 Biggest Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing Your Practice Money 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


    LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK



    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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    LEADERSHIP IN THE LIMELIGHT


    AAOE Benchmarking Council Member Tom McNeil
    Provided by AAOE
    AAOE values the time and commitment our leadership puts into our organization. We feature a member from leadership each week. Watch out for posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages, featuring our recently highlighted Leader in the Limelight!
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Healthcare industry to CMS: Finalize the meaningful use rule
    By Scott E. Rupp
    A group of 18 industry stakeholders are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to finalize the rule that sets meaningful use requirements for 2015 through 2017. This follows actions taken in May when some of the nation's leading executives in healthcare submitted formal comments on the proposed changes to the EHR Incentive Program. At the time, CHIME specifically commended CMS for leading a series of changes to meaningful use.
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    Time to revisit benchmarks for physician pay
    FierceHealthFinance
    It's time to overhaul the current use of the work relative value units to determine how physicians are paid, argues an article in the most recent issue of HFM Magazine. "Because of the way the data for these benchmarks are gathered and the manner in which the benchmarks typically are applied in compensation formulas, there is a built-in 'benchmark creep' that defies the financial realities of individual medical practices," write Darin Libby and Dave Wofford of ECG Management Consultants in San Diego. "As a result, physician compensation levels tend to increase more rapidly than the professional fees that they generate."
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    To address doctor shortages, some states focus on residencies
    MedPage Today
    Last year, 369 students graduated from Iowa medical schools, but at least 131 of them had to finish their training elsewhere because Iowa had only 238 residency positions available. The story was the same for at least 186 students who graduated from Missouri medical schools and 200 who studied at Tennessee schools. States such as New York, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania were happy to take them — all four states took in more residents than students they trained.
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    Nearly 90 percent of Americans now have health insurance
    Time
    The number of uninsured Americans has continued to decrease in 2015, according to new federal data. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, in the first three months of 2015, 29 million Americans were uninsured, which is down 7 million from 2014. For adults between the ages of 18 to 64, the uninsured rate dropped from 16.3 percent in 2014 to 13 percent from January to March 2015.
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    Docs get flexibility on ICD-10, leaving questions for hospitals
    Hospitals & Health Networks
    We almost made it unscathed. We've upgraded, tested, trained and upgraded again. We rewrote reports and interfaces and assessed financial risks. While cautious, many organizations were coming to grips with the ICD-10 gaps they needed to fill by Oct. 1. Then came the announcement: "CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10." The agreement was a response to requests from the provider community and allows for flexibility in the "claims auditing and quality reporting process" as the medical community builds experience with the new ICD-10 code set, according to the release.
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    Now Yelp can help patients pick a hospital or doctor
    By Joan Spitrey
    When people consider the online review service Yelp, most think about local businesses like restaurants, hair stylists or mechanics. Doctors and hospitals? Not so much. Yelp has allowed and encouraged its "Yelpers" to review and rate healthcare organizations. Up to this point, though, the reviews have all been consumer opinions and experiences. However, Yelp recently announced a new feature that would include actual data for hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics.
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    Analysis: EHR costs outweigh benefits
    FierceEMR
    Electronic health records have potential, but their benefits won't be achieved without significant upfront costs by providers, patients and the federal government, according to a new analysis from the American Action Forum, a nonprofit think tank. The analysis finds that the hardware, software and labor costs for a solo practitioner to transition to an EHR are about $163,765, and $233,298 for a five-person physician practice. However, physicians were not yet seeing a payoff, with increased costs at least for the first three years after adoption.
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    Begin with the end in mind: Common EHR activation risks and how to mitigate them
    Healthcare Informatics
    No matter the size or scope, thorough electronic health record implementation planning should begin with determining your desired end-state, what is needed to reach it, and the potential hurdles you may encounter along the way. Identifying potential activation risks before implementation allows for time to proactively and appropriately plan, budget, and communicate resource needs and expectations. You can alleviate surprises that may negatively affect clinician satisfaction and limit the full benefit of your new EHR.
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