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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Dateline Moore, Oklahoma: Disaster Preparation

  • Compliance Corner
  • Evaluation and Management Documentation for the Teaching Physician

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the week
  • Be a Part of History with AAOE at the Washington Hilton

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Training tomorrow's spine surgeons: What model is best?
  • Docs urged to start prepping now for ICD-10
  • Hospital mergers may drive up costs
  • Patient gripes poor indicators of quality care
  • Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion
  • Dos and don'ts of physician recruitment
  • 'Meaningful Use' still on target during shutdown
  • Developing an effective pay-for-performance program: Legal and practical considerations for hospital-physician contracts


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK


    Dateline Moore, Okla.: Disaster Preparation
    AAOE
    On May 20, 2013 at about 3:30 p.m., a massive tornado ripped into the southwest corner of Moore, Okla., moving diagonally through the city leaving a trail of death and devastation. Mrs. Ealey (an RN) and I did disaster relief work in Moore, a humbling and enriching experience. Our contribution was tiny, but multiplied by many, many volunteers each day.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    Evaluation and Management Documentation for the Teaching Physician
    AAOE
    In order to provide patients with quality care and receive accurate and timely payment for services, proper medical record documentation is an absolute necessity. There are several points to keep in mind when documenting Evaluation and Management services involving teaching physicians, residents, and medical students. When documenting, the teaching physician must be identified.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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


    Be a part of history with AAOE at the Washington Hilton
    AAOE
    AAOE's 2014 Annual Conference will take place at the Washington Hilton — a hotel that is so steeped in history that we can't even list it all in one paragraph. Opened in March of 1965, this hotel has the largest hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C. and has hosted the official Inaugural Ball since Richard Nixon’s ball in 1969. Click here to see more of the Washington Hilton's history and join us in Washington, D.C. from May 31-June 3, 2014 and experience Washington, D.C. first hand!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week

    "Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." — Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Training tomorrow's spine surgeons: What model is best?
    Becker's Spine Review
    Training for orthopedic spine and neurosurgeons has developed tremendously over the past few decades. Whereas it was once a rarity for orthopedic surgeons to undergo spine-focused fellowships, now almost all surgical spine specialists entering into the field have at least one year of fellowship training. Some surgeons are undergoing two fellowships — one in orthopedic spine and another in neurospine — while still others subspecialize even further to categories such as spinal deformity, cervical spine or minimally invasive techniques.
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    Docs urged to start prepping now for ICD-10
    MedPage Today
    Come the first week of October next year, the number of codes to document, say, an angioplasty will go from one to 854. The number of pressure ulcer codes will jump from nine to 125. The much-dreaded update to the coding system that determines how much physicians will be paid increases the number of procedure and diagnostic codes from roughly 17,000 to nearly 150,000 and requires much greater detail on location of ailments, cause and type and complications or manifestations compared with ICD-9. While ICD-9 codes are three to five numbers long, ICD-10 codes are up to seven digits long and include numbers and letters.
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    Hospital mergers may drive up costs
    The Boston Globe
    The merger wave sweeping up Massachusetts hospitals and doctors threatens to increase healthcare prices and widen the payment gap between providers, according to warnings from industry leaders, health insurers, and regulators at a hearing. Talk of consolidation dominated the second of two days of hearings convened by the state Health Policy Commission, which monitors cost trends and seeks to rein in the medical spending that has become a drag on businesses, families, and governments. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said since 2010 her office has documented a "well-intentioned but dysfunctional" healthcare industry where prices are based on market leverage rather than quality of care.
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    Patient gripes poor indicators of quality care
    HealthLeaders Media
    Hospitals that have the best survival outcomes are not doing the best job in the area of patient satisfaction, says a healthcare economist. Better indicators of quality are the number of beds and patient volume. While quiet hospitals with friendly doctors and nurses who are attentive and quick to answer bedside buzzers might boost patient satisfaction scores, they don't necessarily correlate with quality care. A far more important indicator of quality outcomes is the number of beds in the hospital and patient volume, says Robert D. Lieberthal, lead author of the study appearing in Risk Management and Insurance Review.
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    Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion
    Reuters
    Mississippi decided not to expand the Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. As a result, nearly 300,000 adults there will fall through the cracks of healthcare reform. Nationwide, 25 states have rejected the Medicaid expansion, leaving nearly 7 million adults who would otherwise have qualified for coverage without benefits.
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    Dos and don'ts of physician recruitment
    Healthcare Finance News
    Due to its substantial impact on a hospital's bottom line, Tony Stajduhar, president of the Permanent Physician Recruitment Division at recruitment firm Jackson & Coker, believes physician recruitment should always be a top-five concern for hospital administrators — something that he says is not always the case. "A physician drives revenue to the hospital. That's what makes a hospital 'go' financially and fills community needs. A community needs to get its people taken care of," said Stajduhar.
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    Training tomorrow's spine surgeons: What model is best?
    Becker's Spine Review
    Training for orthopedic spine and neurosurgeons has developed tremendously over the past few decades.

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    Why is moving to ICD-10 about more than dollars and cents?
    EHR Intelligence
    It has been over 10 years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act became such an important part of a practice's daily activities and four years for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act of 2009.

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    10 key studies in spine surgery outcomes and cost
    Becker's Spine Review
    Here are 10 recent studies to know on the effectiveness and cost of spine surgery,

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    'Meaningful use' still on target during shutdown
    MedPage Today
    The government shutdown may be slowing or halting a number of health-related activities, but federal incentives for electronic health records aren't one of them, the head of the government's health IT program told MedPage Today. Thursday, Oct. 3 was the last day physicians and other eligible professionals could begin the attestation process to qualify for Stage 1 bonus payments under meaningful use in 2013. But even with the government shutdown this week and with no clear resolution in sight, the meaningful use program rolls on, said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services.
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    Developing an effective pay-for-performance program: Legal and practical considerations for hospital-physician contracts
    National Law Review
    In this era of healthcare reform and accountable care, many hospitals are seeking opportunities to align physician interests with hospital programmatic, quality of care, and patient satisfaction initiatives. A well-crafted pay-for-performance program can provide a hospital with a powerful tool to help achieve this alignment. Simply speaking, a pay-for-performance program is an incentive-based payment model designed to align the goals of a physician and hospital in a way that improves health outcomes and/or reduces costs to patients.
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