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AAOE News
  • Reminder: AAOE Benchmarking Committee would appreciate your input by Aug. 30
  • Coming soon: New format to AAOE Toolkits
  • Manage MOC with the AAOS Learning Portfolio
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • 2012: Medical marketing's year of the video — Creative examples you'll want to see
  • Visible cells only
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • Feds give break on electronic health records
  • 12 tactics for spine surgeons to avoid hospital employment
  • About half of doctors say they're burned out by workload
  • Medicaid: Its role today and under the Affordable Care Act
  • Health insurance exchanges: The big unknowns
  • Medicare fraud squads wield new weapons
  • Autotransfusion device collects stray blood during surgery and pumps it back into the patient




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Reminder: AAOE Benchmarking Committee would appreciate your input by Aug. 30
    2012-2013 AAOE Benchmarking Committee*    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After completing a very successful 2011 benchmarking survey, the AAOE Benchmarking Committee would like to thank everyone that participated. The committee would like to make next year's survey even better. Currently, we are looking into ways to enhance the survey and provide better information to our members so you can utilize the results in your practices.

    To better understand our members' needs, we are asking for your feedback. We have a short survey that will help us on ways to improve the survey, what our members are looking for in the survey and ways to increase participation. As with all the AAOE committees, your feedback is so important.

    Please click here, and complete the survey by Aug. 30. If you did not participate in the survey and are interested in purchasing a copy of the report, email Nicole Heilman with AAOE at Heilman@aaoe.net. Your time and effort in helping us is appreciated.

    *2012-13 AAOE Benchmarking Committee: Allan A. Fentner, MBA (Chair); Lori S. Delbridge; Edward Gulko, MBA, FACMPE, FACHE, LNHA; Kimberly Harris, MBA, RN; Nicole Horn, MBA, CMPE; George W. Nyktas, CPA, MBA; William R. Pupkis; Meredith M. Robicheaux, RHIA; David Schlactus, MBA, CMPE


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    Coming soon: New format to AAOE Toolkits
    Kim Wishon, 2012-2013 AAOE Practice Management Committee* Chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Practice Management Committee is committed to helping you with education in a format that is user friendly. On the first Tuesday of the month, beginning in October, you will see the Toolkit in AAOE eNews. Each Toolkit will feature a different topic, which is determined by the AAOE Needs Assessment. The Toolkit will feature a variety of learning formats, such as articles, books, podcasts and conferences, which have been vetted by one of the members of the Practice Management Committee.

    For comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Practice Management Committee by emailing info@aaoe.org, and your message will be routed to the committee right away. We are here to help you manage your practice.

    *2012-13 AAOE Practice Management Committee: Kim Wishon, MBA, FACMPE (Chair); Joyce Anderson; Suzette Gramm; George A. Hernandez; Shannon Lorbiecki; Dale A. Reigle; Dan Pohlgeers; Jim P. Kidd, CMPE


    Manage MOC with the AAOS Learning Portfolio
    © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery will post the names of physicians who have registered to participate in MOC. This information will be available to the public, hospital administrators and state officials. If MOC participation is required as a condition of licensure or credentialing, your name should be on that list. More



     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Sept. 18
    11 a.m.-noon CDT
    *AAOE Webinar: Blueprint for Success: How to Negotiate Your PPO Agreements for High $$ Success sponsored by AAOE and Healthcents Register
    Sept. 28-29 AAOS Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice in an Era of Healthcare Transformation Register
    Oct. 4
    11 a.m.-noon CDT
    *AAOE Webinar: Co-Management: A Successful Physician-Hospital Alignment Strategy to Elevate Program Performance in Orthopaedics sponsored by AAOE and Cenergy, LLC Register
    Nov. 1
    11 a.m.-noon CDT
    *AAOE Webinar: Using "the cloud" for the Betterment of the Orthopaedic Practice Environment sponsored by AAOE and Radsource Register

       *AAOE members: To register, log into the AAOE Live Learning Center and click on "Members Only" in the left sidebar.

       Note
    : More future state society meetings can be found here at the AAOE.net website.



     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    2012: Medical marketing's year of the video — Creative examples you'll want to see
    Lonnie Hirsch and Stewart Gandolf    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Industry experts say that video material represents more than 50 percent of Internet traffic today. And within a few years, video is expected to account for 90 percent of what's seen online. It's a highly effective tool for medical practice branding, marketing and for telling a story that engages the viewer. In short, it works.

    In this third article in our three part series about effectively using visuals in healthcare marketing, we showcase several creative examples of videos in use around the country. Chances are that you haven't seen video at work like this, and chances are you'll find an inspiring idea or two in what you see.
    More

    Mr. Sandman Delivers Dream T.V.

    With The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” playing in the background, a crowd donning buttons saying “What’s Your Dream?” began gathering around Jon “Mr. Sandman” McCune of Phoenix Ortho. The winner, Jacque Stahl from Olympia Orthopaedic Associates of Olympia, Washington, said, “My husband is never going to believe this. I never win anything!” MORE


    Visible cells only
    AAOE November 2011 Newsletter article by Debbie Reigle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you have hidden cells, columns or rows — i.e., working with subtotals — and you want to copy and paste only the information in the visible cells while excluding the hidden cells. By default, Excel copies both hidden and visible cells when you highlight a range that includes hidden cells. However, there is an easy way to copy only the visible cells. More

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Henry Ford    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

    "If I would have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me a bigger mule."


    Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

    The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or ngreen@codingnetwork.com.
    Merge Healthcare: Meaningful Use Stage 2 & Orthopedics
    Merge Healthcare’s new webinar outlines the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) rules and describes how they will specifically affect orthopedic practices. Watch this webinar to learn more about the upcoming MU timeline, how to adopt an MU strategy, and how you can streamline workflow and improve patient care.
    McKesson EHR
    for Orthopaedics
    Hear from McKesson EHR customer, Nabil Razzouk, Ph.D, CEO of Arrowhead Orthopaedics as he discusses their search for a new EHR and their current use of McKesson’s Practice Partner EHR in their 7-location, mutli-provider practice in southern California. Orthopaedic physicians from Arrowhead Orthopaedics have also successfully attested for
    Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
    Hear their story.


     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Feds give break on electronic health records
    Computerworld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT has published the final electronic health records certification criteria for stage 2 of meaningful use, and there was one significant change: additional time for meeting the deadline. Not unexpectedly, the final rules for stage 2 of the meaningful use of EHRs will require patients get involved in using the technology in order for providers to get reimbursement funds. More

    12 tactics for spine surgeons to avoid hospital employment
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Spine surgeons, along with all specialists, are increasingly becoming employed by hospitals for a variety of reasons: higher starting salary, set working hours and the ability to focus on the clinic instead of worry about the business. However, hospital employment may do more harm than good for surgeons in the long run. More

    About half of doctors say they're burned out by workload
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    About 1 in 2 doctors are burned out, showing signs of emotional exhaustion and little interest in work as patient loads increase, U.S. researchers found. Doctors working in emergency, family and internal medicine were the most likely to feel drained, according to the study released today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers said burnout also was tied to long hours, with 37 percent of physicians working more than 60 hours a week. More


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    Agfa HealthCare is a leading provider of integrated IT solutions, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and contrast media solutions for hospitals and other healthcare centers.
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    Medicaid: Its role today and under the Affordable Care Act
    The Journal of the American Medical Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    August's Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at who is covered by Medicaid and the important role that Medicaid plays in the lives of many Americans, Medicaid's role under the Affordable Care Act, how growth in per capita Medicaid spending is slower than growth in private healthcare spending, how Medicaid improves access to needed healthcare and which groups receive the majority of Medicaid spending. More

    Health insurance exchanges: The big unknowns
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians navigating the world after health system reform are headed toward a large, uncharted area over the horizon in the form of health insurance exchanges. The coverage marketplaces will serve millions of people, but with few predecessor models to serve as guides, doctors wondering what the exchanges will be like for them are, for the most part, sailing blind. More

    Medicare fraud squads wield new weapons
    Kaiser Health News and NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fighting healthcare fraud in the U.S. can seem like an endless game of whack-a-mole. When government fraud squads crack down on one scheme, another pops up close by. But the fraud squads who look for scams in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs have some new weapons: tools and funding provided by the health law. More

    Autotransfusion device collects stray blood during surgery and pumps it back into the patient
    Popular Science    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Massive blood loss is a major cause of death during cardiac surgery — and an accepted one, because it's the best option we have. Blood transfusions help, but those aren't without complications, either. A new device could cut that step out of the process for some patients by collecting the blood from a surgery, concentrating the blood cells and routing it intravenously right back to the person on the table. More
     

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