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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Member to Member: Is This a HIPPA Privacy Breach?

  • Compliance Corner
  • HIPAA Business Associate Agreements, Use One Contract When Negotiating

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the week
  • The best way to Network is IN PERSON!

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Malpractice premiums drop for 6th straight year
  • The right mind to negotiate
  • Meaningful use still on target during shutdown
  • 'Hard to see value' in ICD-10 for physicians, analytics
  • Compensation for physician execs sees slow growth
  • Don't forget the Insurance piece
  • A bill that shows up late is still a bill
  • The cost of Obamacare varies wildly by state


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Member to Member: Is This a HIPAA Privacy Breach?
    AAOE
    The breach notification process was modified under the Omnibus Rule, replacing the harm standard with the probability standard. Under the new rules, an impermissible use or disclosure of PHI is presumed a breach unless the practice can demonstrate a low probability that the PHI has been compromised. This contrasts previous guidelines, which presumed that a breach occurred only when the use or disclosure caused significant harm to the affected person. Compliance for the new breach notification process was required by Sept. 23, 2013.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    HIPAA Business Associate Agreements, Use One Contract When Negotiating
    AAOE
    To be in compliance with HIPAA Omnibus regulations, business associates (BAs) are now required to comply with many of the Privacy and Security Rules, including initiating negotiations and operating under business associate agreements (BAAs) just as covered entities (CEs) must do. Since both parties must have contracts, a common question arises — is it necessary to have one contract for the business associate and one for the covered entity?
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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. 1 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oregon Association of Orthopaedic Executives Fall 2013 Conference 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


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    LEAK OF THE WEEK


    The best way to Network is IN PERSON!
    AAOE
    We will have networking, by topic, sessions during the Annual Conference and we need YOUR input! Click here to tell us what you want to network with your peers about at AAOE 2014!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Leadership Quote of the Week
    George S. Patton
    "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Malpractice premiums drop for 6th straight year
    Medscape (Free login required)
    Judging by three representative specialties, physicians in 2013 are once again experiencing relief on malpractice insurance premiums. Collective rates for obstetrician-gynecologists, internists, and general surgeons fell on average for the sixth straight year in 2013, according to an annual premium survey released by Medical Liability Monitor.
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    The right mind to negotiate
    By Michael J. Berens
    Much of a business leader's time is spent in negotiation. Brokering a deal, cutting costs, expanding distribution channels, selling a proposal, hiring talent, managing staff — all require the skill to negotiate with others effectively. Negotiation can be exhilarating; it can also be stressful. For that reason, some leaders relish the opportunity to negotiate, while others dread it. As it turns out, how you feel about negotiating can have a significant impact on the outcome of your negotiations.
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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.
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    'Hard to see value' in ICD-10 for physicians, analytics
    EHRIntelligence.com
    ICD-10 has never been the most popular kid at the lunch table. Viewed as just another regulatory burden with no clear purpose and a huge price tag, physicians have been railing against the switch since the day it was announced. Experts have tried to clean up its image by praising the added specificity and granularity of the data that will result from the more than 140,000 codes, but it's a hard sell to providers already drowning in EHR adoption, meaningful use, the ACA, and quality improvement reforms. Is ICD-10 worth it?
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    Compensation for physician execs sees slow growth
    HealthLeaders Media
    The seven percent growth in physician executive compensation across all titles between 2010 and 2012 is consistent with growth seen in the previous two-year period, but down significantly from the mid-2000s. Compensation for physician-executives increased in the past two years but at a much slower pace than five or six years ago, a survey shows.
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    Member to Member: Is This a HIPAA Privacy Breach?
    AAOE
    The breach notification process was modified under the Omnibus Rule, replacing the harm standard with the probability standard.

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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.

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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.

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    Don't forget the Insurance piece
    MD News
    Health systems in more litigious states, where patients can more easily sue physicians and win large payouts, have trouble attracting new physicians, according to a study by Health Services Research. In such states, insurance premiums are high, which might deter physicians looking to start a career especially when they are paying off student loans. Specifically, researchers found that surgeons were particularly motivated to start their careers in states with lower malpractice insurance premiums.
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    A bill that shows up late is still a bill
    The Boston Globe
    An issue that has come up recently about old bills, particularly old medical bills, and at what point you no longer have to pay them. Anyone with health insurance — and that ought to be everyone — is likely to have noticed that just about any time you owe some money to a practitioner, there's likely to be a lag before the bill arrives. That’s because the medical provider and insurance company have some figuring and reconciling to do.
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    The cost of Obamacare varies wildly by state
    The Washington Post
    The feds will spend just about $10,000 subsidizing health insurance costs for a poor, middle-aged man who lives in Georgia — and just $3,000 buying the same guy in nearby Tennessee a near-identical plan. This is the weird world of financing the Affordable Care Act, where the prices that the insurers charge for health care directly impact how much Obamacare will cost the federal government.
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