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AAOE Leadership
  • Beyond convenience: Online scheduling and the future of healthcare
  • Leadership for Managers
  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Calendar of Events

  • Around the Industry
  • Doctors shift focus to compliance as ICD-10 deadline set
  • EHR cost savings might depend on proximity to IT firms and talent
  • Report: About 30 cents of every healthcare dollar wasted
  • Young tech-savvy doctors want a real life, but don’t call them slackers
  • Informed decision tools largely reduce orthopaedic joint surgeries
  • Illinois hospital using cutting-edge technology for knee surgeries
  • With Medicaid, long-term care of elderly looms as a rising cost




  •  AAOE LEADERSHIP

    Beyond convenience: Online scheduling and the future of healthcare
    Oliver Kharraz, M.D., co-founder, chief operating officer of ZocDoc.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As healthcare executives, we all want to build excellent relationships with our clients in order for them to provide their patients with high-quality care. We all want to contribute to a functional healthcare system that will sustain our work indefinitely and without compromises. And we all want to be successful as individuals, to thrive in our work and see a fair return on our investments. More

    ddRElement™ - Providing Value Without Compromise

    The ddRElement™ is a space-efficient, multifunctional DR system which delivers unmatched image quality at lowest radiation dose while providing highest workflow efficiency, all at an exceptional value. For more information on how this system can benefit your facility, email us at info@swissray.com.


    Leadership for Managers
    George D. Trantow, FACHE, AAOE board member    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Leadership for Managers is a primer I have developed that executives can use with their staff. Most midlevel and entry managers have not been trained in leadership. The Principles to Guide Managers is my amalgamation of what I have learned from my mentors. The Rules and Priorities for Leading Staff is borrowed from Jack Welch and several military leaders. I encourage you to make your own lists and share them with your management team. More

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Doug Firebaugh    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."




     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Sept. 13 ILL BONES Meeting at AAOS Headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Information
    Sept. 14-16 2012 BSOF Annual Meeting at Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, Fla. 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. 27
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Physical Therapy Startup, Current Enhancements, and Moving Forward sponsored by AAOE and Integrity Rehab Group Register
    Sept. 27-28 5th Annual NYS BONES Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. Information
    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
    Oct. 18
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Staff Retention sponsored by AAOE and Healthcare Compliance Pros 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
    Nov. 6 ILL BONES Meeting at AAOS Headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Information
    Nov. 15
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Ancillaries sponsored by Clinic Growth Partners, LLC Register

       *AAOE members: To register, log into the AAOE Live Learning Center and click on "Members Only" in the left sidebar. If you need further assistance, please call AAOE at 800-247-9699.

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



    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


     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Doctors shift focus to compliance as ICD-10 deadline set
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Now that organized medicine has secured a one-year delay in the deadline for moving to the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system, physicians and hospitals turn their attention to the work of transitioning from ICD-9. The American Medical Association and other physician organizations said the delay did not go far enough to alleviate concerns about the substantial costs and other burdens associated with the upgrade. More

    EHR cost savings might depend on proximity to IT firms and talent
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When asked for a key driver of a physician practice's success, a real estate expert is likely to say, "location, location, location." Now, some information technology experts are saying the same thing about a practice's likelihood for a financially successful electronic health record implementation. Healthcare organizations in "IT-intensive markets" are more likely to see a decrease in operational costs after EHR implementation, while those not in IT-intensive markets are likely to see an increase in costs for at least six years, according to researchers. More



    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.


    Report: About 30 cents of every healthcare dollar wasted
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. healthcare system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign. More

    Young tech-savvy doctors want a real life, but don't call them slackers
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Don't call today's young doctors slackers. True, they may shun a 24/7 on-call solo practice and try to have a life outside of work. Yet they say they're just as committed to medicine as kindly Marcus Welby from 1970s TV, or even grumpy Dr. House. The practice of medicine is in the midst of an evolution, and millennial and Gen X doctors seem to be perfectly suited for it and in some ways may be driving it. The federal healthcare law is speeding some of these changes, too. More


    We're Rad to the Bone!
    Unique orthopedic and spine teleradiology company. Personalized service, cutting edge technology. Detailed finalized reports from your personal radiologist on your cell or tablet within minutes. Remember the Good Old Rays! MORE
    Agfa HealthCare

    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.
    MORE


    Informed decision tools largely reduce orthopaedic joint surgeries
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When doctors suggest that their hip and knee replacement candidate patients view decision tools before they undergo surgery, 38 percent fewer people went ahead with the knee procedure and 26 percent fewer agreed to undergo hip replacement. Over a six-month period, total costs were 12-21 percent lower as well, according to research in Health Affairs. More

    Illinois hospital using cutting-edge technology for knee surgeries
    SouthtownStar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., is using a new technology that employs a seemingly ubiquitous electronic gadget, the iPod, to improve the accuracy of the procedure. Since mid-July, Dr. George Branovacki, an orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital, has performed more than a dozen knee-replacement operations with the technology, which he said gives much more precise measurements in making incisions and placing the replacement knee. The result, he said, is less pain and swelling for patients, better range of motion and a longer life for the artificial knee. More

    With Medicaid, long-term care of elderly looms as a rising cost
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources. With baby boomers and their parents living longer than ever, few families can count on their own money to go the distance. More
     

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