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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • Membership Drive commencing Oct. 15, ending Nov. 16
  • Your story could be worth $100
  • Please submit applications this week for 2013 AAOE webinars and peer-to-peer audio conferences
  • Online portal provides an opportunity for your patients to share their successes
  • Thank you to our 2013 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Bundling in your future
  • 2013 CPT changes as of October
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Jeanetta Lawrence
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • How a facility implements generic orthopaedic implants
  • Insurers get ready for exchanges, but exchanges may not be ready for them
  • Analysis: When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?
  • Will a 'silent exodus' from medicine worsen doctor shortage?
  • FDA warns against use of Stryker surgical suction systems
  • Medicaid's high marks on preventive care contrary to its stingy image




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Membership Drive commencing Oct. 15, ending Nov. 16
    AAOE Membership Council*    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE Membership Council* is excited to roll out its Membership Drive this fall. AAOE members are incentivized in various ways to recruit new members. Please take the time to read this letter by AAOE Membership Council chair, Sam Santschi, which details these incentives as well as the general need for our membership growth. He reminds us that "The more our association knows, the better we can become individually in our practices by accessing our collective expertise." We hope you will consider being involved in this important initiative.

    *AAOE Membership Council: Sam Santschi, JD (chair); Bob Kahn; Marian McCann, RN, BSN, PHN, CNOR; Michaele Ann Morrison, MBA, CMPE; Lisa Steinhoff; Jill Yates, RN, ONC; and Jack Morana, MS, MSHA, FACHE




    Your story could be worth $100
    AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE is excited to announce that we will be rewarding a $100 gift card to Amazon.com to AAOE members who submit approved articles for the AAOE eNews. As you know, we strive to keep our weekly newsletter member-focused and personal. Beside what we have been including from our volunteers such as the List Serv hot topics, book reviews and committee spotlights, we want to encourage members to share their experiences with us. The articles must be at least 750 words and are subject to approval and changes by the Member Communications Committee.*

    AAOE member, board member and past president David Schlactus, shares with us his perspective on this exciting initiative. Click here to read about his input on being unsure what to write about, the possible concern of not being a topic expert and a suggested format option. We thank you in advance for considering.

    *2012-13 AAOE Member Communications Committee: Chair, Kalen Privatsky, MBA, CMPE, ED; Rebecca Hockaday; Kathleen R. Miller, CPA, MBA; Joe Ogle, PT, ATC; Donna Rizzio, AAOE Board of Directors Liaison; George Trantow, FACHE and AAOE Communication Council Liaisons; Rebecca Dean, MA, FACMPE and Dennis Viellieu


    Please submit applications this week for 2013 AAOE webinars and peer-to-peer audio conferences
    AAOE Education Council* and AAOE Practice Management Committee**    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE Education Council* is within the first year of offering peer-to-peer (P2P) audio conferences. The development of P2P audio conferences is based on members helping members, and the Education Council strives to provide the membership with pertinent information that will help in your day-to-day practice operations. We have covered topics ranging from meaningful use to ICD-10 and social media marketing. Click here to learn more.

    If you are an AAOE member and would like to submit an application for P2P audio conference involvement, please click here. If you are interested in sponsoring an AAOE P2P audio conference, please click here.

    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.

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

    *AAOE Education Council: Jeanetta Lawrence, MBA, FACMPE, CPC, CPMA (chair); Jana Foor; Lisa Mead; Steve Nelson; Stephanie Swan; and Sami Spencer

    **AAOE Practice Management Committee: Kim Wishon, MBA, FACMPE (chair); Joyce Anderson, CPA, MAcc, CPC; Suzette Gramm; George A. Hernandez; Shannon Lorbiecki; Jim P. Kidd, CMPE; Dale A. Reigle and new members, Jim Carr, MS, LAT, ATC; Maureen McPeak, MBA; and Dan Pohlgeers


    Online portal provides an opportunity for your patients to share their successes
    Lauren Pearson Riley, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Is your practice taking advantage of A Nation in Motion? A Nation in Motion is the latest campaign from the AAOS that gives patients the opportunity to share their inspiring stories of living well after orthopaedic care. Are your doctors a part of this campaign? Search for their names by going to anationinmotion.org and click on Patient Stories. Go to the search bar where you can type in a keyword, like a last name. If yes, please promote this campaign by including the URL or campaign logo on your practice homepage. More

    Thank you to our 2013 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
    AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We are excited to acknowledge our sponsors and exhibitors for the 2013 Annual Conference, which will be taking place in San Diego April 28-30. Check out our current list of sponsors and exhibitors, which we will continue to update weekly. Thank you 2013 sponsors and exhibitors, we appreciate your support towards a successful 2013 conference.


    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.


     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Oct. 18
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Staff Morale and Retention sponsored by Healthcare Compliance Pros and AAOE Register
    Oct. 19 New Jersey AAOE (NJAAOE) Inaugural Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, N.J. Information
    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: Minimal Investment Ancillary Services: Improve Outcomes, Income and Patient Satisfaction sponsored by Clinic Growth Partners, LLC and AAOE Register
    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


    Bundling in your future
    Tom Ealey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is chock-full of pilot programs, mandates, guarantees, prohibitions, penalties, taxes and experiments. One of those experiments may define the future of Medicare funding for surgeons, and then may define the future of most of the physician revenue cycle. What could be so dramatic? Bundling. More

    2013 CPT changes as of October 2012
    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
    Some information is starting to come out regarding the 2013 CPT code changes, including two new codes for revision of total shoulder, two new codes for revision of total elbow prosthesis and changes in the EM section, radiology section, Medicine section under the electrodiagnostic testing and chemodenervation changes. More

    Committee Member Spotlight: Jeanetta Lawrence
    AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lawrence Get to know a bit about one of your fellow AAOE members:

    Name: Jeanetta Lawrence
    Involvement with the AAOE: Education Council Chair
    Practice name: Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, LLC
    Location: Winter Park, Fla.
    Practice information: 26 physicians, 15 physician extenders
    Hobbies: Painting
    Favorite quote: "Work hard, play hard"
    Favorite book: "The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough
    Favorite movie: As Good as It Gets
    Any other information you would like to share: My granddaughter is walking and she just turned nine months last week


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Mark Twain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."



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     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    How a facility implements generic orthopaedic implants
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The acceptance and implementation of generics into the field of orthopaedics has been a slow process. This is because it requires significant internal change in behavior, and who likes change? Generic implants are all about change management. Tommy Mitchell, CEO of OrthoDirectUSA, consults with hospitals that desire to purchase generic implants and manage these devices independent of sales rep involvement. More

    Insurers get ready for exchanges, but exchanges may not be ready for them
    Kaiser Health News and The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The attraction of the 2010 health law for insurance companies is obvious: millions of new customers and billions in new spending. Those dollars will flow through state exchanges, online marketplaces where customers can shop for insurance. Insurers are spending big dollars on marketing, technology and risk analysis of the new healthcare landscape. But with exchanges supposed to go live in late 2013, where and how companies will plunge — and how deep — is far from clear. More

    Analysis: When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Insurance companies, often stuck with the tab for health services when a medical device fails, are ready to share the pain. As the number of costly, high-profile recalls rises, along with pressure to cut their own spending, insurers are starting to pin more of the responsibility on manufacturers. More

    Will a 'silent exodus' from medicine worsen doctor shortage?
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Frustrated by mounting regulation, declining pay, loss of autonomy and uncertainty about the effect of health system reform, doctors are cutting back the number of hours they work and how many patients they see. Between 2008 and 2012, the average number of hours physicians worked fell by 5.9 percent, from 57 hours a week to 53, and doctors saw 16.6 percent fewer patients, according to a survey of nearly 14,000 doctors released in September. More

    FDA warns against use of Stryker surgical suction systems
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. health regulators warned against the use of systems made by Stryker Corp for removing surgical waste from patients after receiving reports of one death and one serious injury due to tissue damage. The Stryker systems, called Neptune 1 Silver and Neptune 2 Ultra Waste, use powerful suction to collect and remove surgical fluid waste in operating rooms and smoke at surgical sites caused by electrocautery or laser devices. More

    Medicaid's high marks on preventive care contrary to its stingy image
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new study indicates that most state Medicaid programs are doing an above-average job of covering needed preventive services for beneficiaries. States generally aren't required to cover preventive services for Medicaid adults at the same levels as they do for children. But in surveying 48 states, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured found that most state Medicaid programs covered the bulk of 42 recommended services for nonelderly adults through fee for service. More
     

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