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Editor's Note: Last week's AAOE eNews mistakenly published the wrong link to a MedSafe-provided article. We apologize for the error and have published the correct link below in today's brief.

IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • The Benchmarking Survey is here!
  • Are you ready to be active in AAOE?

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

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Kim Wishon
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Technology and the changing business of healthcare
  • 10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
  • Lawsuits and defensive medicine: the reality
  • Measure revives medical malpractice cap debate
  • Computer-assisted navigation in orthopedic surgery


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK


    The Benchmarking Survey is here!
    AAOE
    AAOE members recently participated in a round table discussion in AAOS Now about the Benchmarking Survey. This is a valuable tool that helps practices to measure their internal processes against the processes of their fellow peers. AAOE's yearly benchmarking survey helps you to do just that.

    Join us on Aug. 28 for a Peer to Peer Webinar on how to use the Benchmarking Survey. Check the Calendar of Events for how you can register for the webinar.

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    Are you ready to be active in AAOE?
    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


    How to Avoid an OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement
    AAOE
    AAOE would like to apologize to MedSafe, our provider for the content in the Compliance Corner for the broken link to the article that was printed in last week's newsletter.

    The Department of Health, Education and Welfare created the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 1976 to implement action against fraud and abuse that was rampant in Federal healthcare programs at that time. Since then, due to a number of laws and activities, the OIG has expanded and refined its role in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse. Through these efforts the OIG has instituted a broader and more collaborative use of enforcement, including civil monetary penalties, assessments and exclusions from Federal programs.

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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 Meeting Details
    Oct. 18-19 Midwest AAOE Fall Meeting Details
    April 4-5, 2014 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Details

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


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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight
    AAOE
    Kim Wishon
  • Council/Committee Name: Annual Conference Committee
  • Practice Name: Watauga Orthopaedics
  • City/State: Johnson City, TN
  • Group Size: 11 physicians
  • Hobby: Fitness and Sports (not playing, but watching) GO VOLS!
  • Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
        — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Best book ever read: The Bible
  • Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    John Maxwell
    "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." — John Maxwell
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Technology and the changing business of healthcare
    Health Affairs
    As the fee-for-service model continues its decline — and physician reimbursements come to be based on the quality, not quantity, of care — providing preventive care and promoting wellness will become a business, and not just clinical, priority.
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    10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
    By D. Albert Brannen
    This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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    Industry Pulse: Does your company have an employee handbook?
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    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.


    Lawsuits and defensive medicine: the reality
    The Tennessean
    Defensive medicine does not necessarily benefit patients. It subjects them to extra tests and procedures, some of them invasive and not without their own risk. CT scans, for example, expose patients to considerable amounts of radiation.
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    Measure revives medical malpractice cap debate
    Modern Healthcare
    A new political battle over California's landmark $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits is revving up, and the issue may go to the state's voters next year. The fight will once again raise long-standing questions of how best to protect patients against medical negligence and fairly resolve malpractice cases without imposing high costs on providers and the healthcare system in general.
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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.



    Computer-assisted navigation in orthopedic surgery
    Orthopedics
    The majority of the referenced studies show a lack of improved clinical outcomes. Many show improved accuracy and better postoperative imaging, but they have not necessarily made their patients any better than they would have with conventional procedures. Therefore, long-term studies of computer-assisted navigation are needed to prove its benefit.
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