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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • Looking for involvement in the 2013 AAOE Online Education schedule
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • 7 new skills every healthcare worker needs
  • Finally, word on ICD-10
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • What were they thinking? Inside the making of meaningful use rules
  • 5 big changes in coverage policies devastating spine surgery
  • Automatic budget cuts will reduce Medicare payments to doctors, providers by $11 billion
  • Appeals court: Doctors can't challenge Medicare audits
  • Study: More young adults have insurance after healthcare law
  • Dual-eligibles market creates opportunities for physician practices




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Looking for involvement in the 2013 AAOE Online Education schedule
    AAOE Education Council and AAOE Practice Management Committee    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    AAOE has had a successful year thus far with its online education program, and we are looking to secure our 2013 webinar and peer-to-peer audio conference lineup by accepting applications through Oct. 15.

    The webinars, hosted by the AAOE Practice Management Committee, consist of vendor-sponsored experts who present information and techniques to the participants. To submit an application for a webinar, please click here.

    The peer-to-peer audio conferences feature AAOE members and their staff sharing their perspectives on various topics as they relate to their day-to-day operations. If you are an AAOE member and would like to submit an application, please click here. If you are interested in sponsoring an AAOE peer-to-peer audio conference, please click here.

    If you have questions at this time, please feel free to contact Nicole Heilman with AAOE at 847-384-4366 or email at Heilman@aaoe.net.


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     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    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 Integrity Rehab Group and AAOE 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 Cenergy, LLC and AAOE Register
    Oct. 18
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Staff Retention sponsored by Healthcare Compliance Pros and AAOE Register
    Nov. 1
    11 a.m.-noon CDT
    *AAOE Webinar: Using "the cloud" for the Betterment of the Orthopaedic Practice Environment sponsored by Radsource and AAOE 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 and AAOE Register
    Nov. 19 New Jersey AAOE (NJAAOE) Inaugural Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, N.J. TBD
    Nov. 24-26
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    17th Annual Bones of PA Conference at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh TBD
    Nov. 26-27 VAOE 2012 Annual Meeting at The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va. TBD

       *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.





     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    7 new skills every healthcare worker needs
    Kathy B. Dempsey, CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recently, I was speaking at a major healthcare conference. Before I was introduced, the vice president of the 10,000-employee system stood up and announced, "The number one skill we are hiring for today is the ability to learn on the fly!" More

    Finally, word on ICD-10
    Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCE, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    CMS finally came through and finalized the proposal to delay the start date of ICD-10 to a year later Oct. 1, 2014. But don't think that this means you should hold off on getting ready for using ICD-10. We will need that extra year to get our physicians to start providing all the documentation that will be needed to select the correct diagnosis codes. More

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Nathaniel Branden    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance."


    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


    What were they thinking? Inside the making of meaningful use rules
    Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As director of the HIT Initiatives Group in the Office of E-health Standards and Services at CMS, Elizabeth Holland is intricately involved in shaping the meaningful use rules that some view as having the potential to transform healthcare. Holland joined CMS in 1991 when the proposed rule for the Medicare fee schedule was in the works. CMS received 100,000 comments — all on paper. Holland offered a glimpse of the process, of what it was like for her and her colleagues to read, assess the comments and make adjustments in order to craft the final rules for meaningful use Stage 2. More

    5 big changes in coverage policies devastating spine surgery
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Surgeons have been seeing sudden and unannounced coverage changes for common spinal procedures over the past year, leading to denied claims and a loss of revenue and resources. The strategies used by many insurance companies to rein in costs have had a significant impact on spine practices and patient care. 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
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    Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
    Hear their story.


    Automatic budget cuts will reduce Medicare payments to doctors, providers by $11 billion
    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion beginning in January as part of series of automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released by the White House Office of Management and Budget. Lawmakers in both chambers, as well as President Barack Obama, want to avoid the automatic cuts called sequestration that would trim federal spending by $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years. More

    Appeals court: Doctors can't challenge Medicare audits
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Health professionals cannot challenge auditors' decisions to review Medicare claims that are more than a year old, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Federal rules do not allow an administrative or judicial remedy through which doctors can fight the reopening of such cases, the court said. More


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    Study: More young adults have insurance after healthcare law
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997, according to a new report. More

    Dual-eligibles market creates opportunities for physician practices
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians have new opportunities to partner with health plans to take advantage of the rapidly growing private market for beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, according to a partner at a global management consulting firm. More
     

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