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IN THIS ISSUE ...

AAOE News
  • Learn about using 'the cloud' to improve your practice Nov. 1
  • AAOE Membership Drive ongoing until Nov. 16
  • Your story could be worth $100
  • Thank you to our 2013 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • HIPAA and HITECH: What providers need to know
  • Book review: 'Fierce Conversations — Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time'
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • 8 steps for best results when hiring a spine practice manager
  • Administration official asks for Medicare billing review
  • Liability premium relief good for doctors, unsettling for insurers
  • As more employers drop coverage, retirees turn to specialized insurance exchanges
  • Healthcare prices decreased slightly in September
  • Influx of newly insured a prompt for practices to rethink patient flow




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Learn about using 'the cloud' to improve your practice Nov. 1
    AAOE    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Ever wonder what the recent trend of "taking things to the cloud" really means? Get educated and empowered at our next webinar, Using "the cloud" for the Betterment of the Orthopaedic Practice Environment, which is free for AAOE members. Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of what the cloud really is and how, when used properly, the cloud can bring added efficiency, redundancy and reliability to a practice environment. See the Calendar of Events section below for information on registering.



    AAOE Membership Drive ongoing until Nov. 16
    AAOE Membership Council*    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As a reminder, AAOE members are incentivized in various ways to recruit new members during the AAOE Membership Council's Membership Drive. AAOE Membership Council Chair Sam Santschi reminds us in this letter that "The more our association knows, the better we can become individually in our practices by accessing our collective expertise." The letter also details the Membership Drive incentives as well as the general need for AAOE's membership growth. 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
    Don't be shy, give it a try! As a reminder, the AAOE is rewarding a $100 gift card to Amazon.com to AAOE members who submit approved articles for the AAOE eNews. 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. If you have not already, 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 your involvement.

    *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


    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 April 28-30 in San Diego. 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. 24-26
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    17th Annual Bones of PA Conference at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh Register
    Oct. 26-27 VAOE 2012 Annual Meeting at The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va. 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: Minimal Investment Ancillary Services: Improve Outcomes, Income and Patient Satisfaction sponsored by Clinic Growth Partners, LLC and AAOE Register
    Dec. 14-15 Disaster Response Course, Developed by SOMOS, co-sponsored by AAOS, OTA and POSNA in Naples, Fla. Register

       *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


    HIPAA and HITECH: What providers need to know
    Angela Miller, CHC, CMC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We are aware that Health Information Portability and Accountability Act covered Protected Health Information and revolved around primarily paper records and system access was required in 2003. Then in 2009, Health Information Technology for Economics and Clinical Health Act was required, and it focused on securing the networks — PCs, network, firewalls, mobile devices — that held or accessed PHI. More

    Coaching questions from 'Fierce Conversations — Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time'
    George D. Trantow, FACHE, MHA,
    AAOE president-elect, AAOE Member Communications Board liaison
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    George Trantow summarizes Susan Scott's book on communications in the workforce and "deep-dive conversational coaching." To get a primer on her coaching questions that you can start using today, click here.

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Babe Ruth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."



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     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    8 steps for best results when hiring a spine practice manager
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Hiring a spine practice manager can be difficult because the job requires several skills: business management, accounting, marketing and human resources, to name a few. Several surgeons and industry experts discuss how to make sure you are hiring the best person for the job. More

    Administration official asks for Medicare billing review
    The Center for Public Integrity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The nation's top health information technology official has launched an internal review to determine if electronic health records are prompting some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare. Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration's national coordinator for health information technology, said his policy-setting committee of experts would examine the issue and make recommendations on how to address it. More

    Liability premium relief good for doctors, unsettling for insurers
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Small but persistent declines in medical liability insurance premiums have many insurers concerned about the future of their industry. Yet doctors are benefiting from lower rates and rising competition among insurers vying for their business. Nearly 60 percent of premiums nationwide held steady in 2012, and about 26 percent decreased, according to the survey. More

    As more employers drop coverage, retirees turn to specialized insurance exchanges
    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the past 20 years, the number of companies that provide retiree health coverage has dropped dramatically, leaving seniors with the difficult task of choosing among a variety of plans to supplement their Medicare benefits. It is a choice that can be confusing and has large financial implications. But a move by some employers is softening the blow. More

    Healthcare prices decreased slightly in September
    Healthcare Finance News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Overall U.S. healthcare prices decreased slightly from August to September, falling 0.5 percent, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. According to the BLS' Producer Price Indices, which measure average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, prices across all sectors of the healthcare industry were 1.8 percent higher than a year ago. More

    Influx of newly insured a prompt for practices to rethink patient flow
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The crunch that physician practices, especially those in primary care, are likely to feel once the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act is in full force won't be as much about the sheer numbers of newly insured who will walk through the door. Instead, odds are it will be more about the intense level of care and service patients are likely to need when they arrive. More
     

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