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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • You're In Charge!

  • Compliance Corner
  • Are Your Business Associates Ready for the September 23rd Deadline?

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the week
  • Exhibitors Offering Solutions!

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • How much are you leaving on the table? Improving your business's after-tax financial efficiency
  • Where is the revenue cycle in health IT, healthcare reform?
  • Pay for performance study encourages physicians to push for better health outcomes in patients
  • ICD-10 contingency checklist: Reducing your financial risk
  • Businesses manage medical bill payment plans
  • Will spine surgeons need non-surgical partners in the future? 6 things to know
  • House subcommittee considers impact of Affordable Care Act on competition
  • Healthcare reform puts pressure on HR execs


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK


    You're In Charge!
    AAOE
    With all the education that is being presented at the conference, you will have plenty to choose from. We want to know how we can help you get the most out of your education. Take this survey to let us know what accrediting bodies you want to earn CEUs for at the conference.

    Networking by Topic — What hot topics do you want to pick your colleagues' brains about? Do you have a technology issue in your office that you want to talk about? What EHR/EMR platform works best in your setting? How is your office making sure you are ICD-10 ready? Take this survey to tell us what keeps you up at night.

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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    Are Your Business Associates Ready for the September 23rd Deadline?
    AAOE
    The September 23 Omnibus enforcement deadline is drawing close. Are your Business Associates ready? As the date approaches, an error that many business associates are making is thinking that compliance can be achieved with a simple checklist.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Turnkey Orthopedic Imaging Systems
    Comprehensive Orthopedic Digital Imaging Solutions

    Viztek offers the latest in digital imaging hardware and software to save Orthopedics time and money. Opal-Ortho PACS provides immediate access to priors and outside CD's, while integrating with any EMR or PM. Images are accessible from any computer, smartphone, or tablet device. Upgrade your X-Ray room to Viztek DR for increased throughput and image quality. Click for more info or call for more information at 800-366-5343.
     


    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Sept. 26 12 - 1:30 p.m. Effective Communication – Dealing with Difficult Encounters [P2P] Details
    Oct. 9-11 Bones of Pennsylvania 18th Annual Meeting Details
    Oct. 15 12-1:30 p.m. ICD-10-CM Introduction: What Every Practice Needs to Know Details
    Oct. 18-19 Midwest AAOE Fall Meeting Details
    Oct. 22 12-1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Training for Hand Surgery Details
    Oct. 29 12 - 1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Training for Spine Surgery Details
    Oct. 31 12-1 p.m. ICD-10-CM Training for Sports Medicine and Joints Details
    Nov. 7 12 - 1 p.m. How Meaningful Use Stage 2 Effects Orthopedic Practices [HTW] Details
    Nov. 14 12 - 1:30 p.m. Bundled Payments [P2P] Details
    April 4-5, 2014 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Details

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


    LEAK OF THE WEEK


    Exhibitors Offering Solutions!
    AAOE
    Exhibitors are jumping at the chance to bring their solutions to you at the conference. Look who is coming so far!!!!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    AAOE
    "Power isn't control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own." - Beth Revis
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    How much are you leaving on the table? Improving your business's after-tax financial efficiency
    David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
    Most orthopaedic practices run by AAOE executives strive to achieve two goals in their practice — to "do good," by being helping patients; and to "do well" in terms of financial rewards. Unfortunately, as to the second goal, many orthopaedic practices do not operate with optimal after-tax efficiency. In fact, we often see AAOE practices leaving tens of thousands of dollars "on the table" each year — which can equate to nearly $1 million of lost wealth over a career of a surgeon in the practice. The good news is that many of you reading this can likely improve your practice's post-tax bottom line in a number of ways and this article shows practices of all types how to make such improvements as soon as 2013.
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    Where is the revenue cycle in health IT, healthcare reform?
    EHR Intelligence
    It doesn't really matter what your company chooses to call it — returns, income, proceeds, profits, moolah, or revenue — the fact remains that whatever the term used, the effective management of "it" is the key to your health organization’s success and longevity. Contrary to some opinions, every employee working for a healthcare organization plays a role in its outcomes. To put it simply, all the cogs on the wheel make it go round and round.
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    Pay for performance study encourages physicians to push for better health outcomes in patients
    BioNews Texas
    Does pay for performance encourage doctors to follow medical guidelines, as has been suggested by healthcare pundits? Dr. Laura Petersen, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, wonders if pay for performance would help solve healthcare issues — particularly as they relate to blood pressure guidelines. Petersen and collaborators discovered that moderate increases in monetary incentives to doctors demonstrated a significant increase (8.36 percent) in the number of patients who were able to lower their blood pressure to desired levels.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    Integrated EMR & Image Management for Orthopedics

    Merge orthopedic-specific EMR, image management and digital templating/surgical pre-planning tools work together to help you optimize workflow and provide faster care, as well as meet Meaningful Use. View this 5-minute day-in-the-life example of Merge Orthopedic solutions helping to manage patient data and images.
     


    ICD-10 contingency checklist: Reducing your financial risk
    EHR Intelligence
    Providers might still be skeptical of the supposed benefits of ICD-10: better data for research and analytics, better documentation and the satisfaction of joining the rest of the world already using the new code set. But what they firmly believe is that ICD-10 will bring a massive disruption to the healthcare industry, potentially derailing delicate revenue cycles and generally adding a slew of new headaches to an already ailing system.
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    Businesses manage medical bill payment plans
    The New York Times
    It used to be that if you could not afford to pay a big medical bill, your doctor or hospital might let you pay it over time, a little bit each month. The Holston Medical Group, for instance, a large, multispecialty physician group in Tennessee, had one plan with such low payments that it would have taken the patient 115 years to pay a bill off. But the days of such informal arrangements may be numbered. You can still find installment plans, but now they are often more structured agreements, managed by a company hired to oversee your account.
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    You're In Charge!
    AAOE
    With all the education that is being presented at the conference, you will have plenty to choose from. We want to know how we can help you get the most out of your education.

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    Physician recruitment trends: Demand continues for primary care docs
    Medscape
    Merritt Hawkins, a national health care consulting and recruitment firm, shed some light on the situation through the company's annual look at physician recruitment trends.

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    No standard pay for doc services
    MedPage Today
    Private insurers pay some doctors almost twice as much for routine office visits as other doctors, a retrospective analysis published in Health Affairs showed.

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    Will spine surgeons need non-surgical partners in the future? 6 things to know
    Becker's Spine Review
    Spine surgeons and non-surgical spine and back pain specialists traditionally worked in silos, their care reflected through the lens of whichever physician they saw first. In some communities, surgeons and non-surgical specialists have competitive relationships and studies with varying responses fill the literature comparing surgical to non-surgical approaches for different conditions and indications. Here are six trends for spine surgeons to know about working with non-surgical specialists.
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    House subcommittee considers impact of Affordable Care Act on competition
    HealthLeaders Media
    Witnesses representing payers and providers agree that healthcare industry consolidation predates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by at least two decades, but blame each other for rising healthcare costs. A U.S. House Subcommittee heard a range of perspectives recently from a panel of lobbyists and policy wonks who were asked if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is hurting competition in the healthcare marketplace. The consensus from the panel was maybe, maybe not, and we're not really sure yet.
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    Healthcare reform puts pressure on HR execs
    HealthLeaders Media
    Human resource executives at hospitals and health systems say planning for healthcare reform is their top priority, but the majority of them feel challenged by too many competing initiatives. With less than two weeks to go until health insurance exchanges, also known as marketplaces, open for business, human resource executives at hospitals and health systems are preparing for a raft of changes that will affect healthcare workers and HR processes.
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