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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Pathways that Deliver Increased Physician Efficiency and Improved Patient Satisfaction
  • Open Payments System Offline — An Advocacy Update
  • Hospitals Turning to Data Brokers for Patient Information

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
  • Health coverage to end without proof of citizenship or legal residency
  • Which salary structure will bring you the most income?
  • Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB
  • In recruiting physicians, time is money
  • CMS releases first ICD-10 webcast for small practices
  • Final IPPS rule tweaks meaningful use program
  • Are clinicians ready for ICD-10 documentation requirements?




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Pathways that Deliver Increased Physician Efficiency and Improved Patient Satisfaction
    AAOE
    The emerging healthcare environment requires expanded patient access, efficient and effective care while minimizing cost. On a daily basis we experienced this struggle as patients, who needed a surgical consult, were frustrated with limited access and our clinical schedule was filled with non-surgical candidates. This created a paradox where the most specialized health system resources (e.g. surgeon and MRI) were being allocated within the care continuum that did not result in better care or outcomes, poor cost control and increased physician frustration. Simply, the wrong patient was often in the wrong clinic, leading to an inefficient and circuitous path to deliver the appropriate care. When evaluating our practice, it was clear that we could improve our allocation of available resources to deliver optimal care that dissatisfied patients and frustrated physicians.
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    Open Payments System Offline — An Advocacy Update
    AAOE
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Open Payments System, a provision of the Affordable Care Act's Sunshine Act, will be taken offline temporarily to investigate an issue. CMS will adjust the Open Payments review and dispute deadline and the following 15-day corrections deadline to reflect the site shutdown.

    Under the Sunshine Act, drug and medical equipment manufacturers are required to report any payments they make to doctors and teaching hospitals. The Open Payment system was supposed to be a mechanism that practices and hospitals could review the disclosures and dispute any errors before August 27 and the public release of the data on September 30. The American Medical Association (AMA) had previously called on CMS to push the dispute deadline back.

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    Hospitals Turning to Data Brokers for Patient Information
    AAOE
    Imagine living in a world in which your local hospital knows your history and could predict your future. This video from PBS Newshour talks about a recent report in which they talked about hospitals buying information from data brokers so that they can determine how likely you are to get sick and what it might cost to treat you.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Aug. 28 12 - 1 p.m. AAOE Webinar: Release of Information Risk Mitigation Through the Use of Quality Control Processes and Measurements 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



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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
    By Karen R. Thomas
    As a country, we are living longer and in greater numbers. The number of people over the age of 65 in America is predicted to rise to nearly 80 million by 2040, according to the Administration on Aging. When that happens, there will be more people living in our country who are over the age of 65 than at any point before in history, a fact that has many wondering if the U.S. healthcare system will have the resources, systems and integration to care for such a substantial older adult population.
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    Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
    Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
    "Partial knee replacements “are unforgiving of even a very subtle amount of misalignment or imbalance,” says Jess Lonner, MD, one of the first surgeons to use the Navio system from Blue Belt Technologies to perform a partial knee replacement. “This device reduces variability, enhances the precision with which we can prepare the bone and dramatically improves the ability to balance soft tissues.”
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    Health coverage to end without proof of citizenship or legal residency
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration moved to cut off health insurance for up to 310,000 people who signed up through the HealthCare.gov system unless they can provide documents in the next few weeks showing they are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Those individuals have until Sept. 5 to send in additional information that could confirm they are in the U.S. legally, a condition of using the online insurance exchanges to obtain coverage.
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    Which salary structure will bring you the most income?
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    For employed doctors, the way your salary is structured makes a huge impact on how much you ultimately earn and how easy or challenging it is for you to achieve that goal. There are several popular salary arrangements for employed physicians — straight salary, salary plus productivity targets, salary plus productivity targets plus bonus ladder — and each has numerous variations. Which might be the best for you?
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    Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB
    Modern Healthcare (Login required)
    HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court. The decision, issued with little notice in May, addressed Massachusetts and Oregon laws implementing the use of Disclosure, Apology and Offer methodology, which is designed to avoid lengthy court battles by promoting full disclosure of medical errors and allowing providers to apologize for harm they may have caused without having that apology used against them in court.
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    In recruiting physicians, time is money
    MD News
    Physician vacancies undoubtedly affect a healthcare organization's bottom line, but quantifying the effect is an imprecise science. A recently developed website aims to give hospitals and physician practices a clearer gauge of 
how much vacant positions cost their organizations.
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    CMS releases first ICD-10 webcast for small practices
    EHRIntelligence.com
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is continuing its support of small physician practices preparing for next year's transition ICD-10. The federal agency has announced the on-demand availability of its first webcast in an ongoing series dubbed the "Road to 10." The initial presentation provides details about the tools CMS is offering small practices.
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    Pathways that Deliver Increased Physician Efficiency and Improved Patient Satisfaction
    AAOE
    The emerging healthcare environment requires expanded patient access, efficient and effective care while minimizing cost. On a daily basis we experienced this struggle as patients, who needed a surgical consult, were frustrated with limited access and our clinical schedule was filled with non-surgical candidates.

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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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    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.

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    Final IPPS rule tweaks meaningful use program
    FierceEMR
    As promised, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule updating the hospital inpatient prospective payment system for fiscal year 2015 makes several changes to the Meaningful Use electronic health record incentive program, but not as much as the proposed IPPS rule, issued earlier this spring.
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    Are clinicians ready for ICD-10 documentation requirements?
    EHRIntelligence.com
    Over the past two years, hospitals have invested in modifying applications and workflows to fit the demands of ICD-10. And many have ramped up training on the detailed documentation that the new coding system requires. But a February survey by the Medical Group Management Association indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the change, and a lack of familiarity with the new documentation demands was part of the issue. Documentation remains an Achilles heel for many hospital ICD-10 conversion plans.
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