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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Member to Member: We're Searching for Volunteers!
  • How Can AAOE Make the Newsletter Better for You?

  • Compliance Corner
  • Do Your Business Associates Truly Know Their Obligations?

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Leak of the week
  • Be on the Lookout!

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Member Spotlight: William Pupkis
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Driving a new bargain on healthcare
  • Online physician reviews mostly positive, but reliability questioned
  • US CBO: Savings from higher Medicare age shrink dramatically
  • Why EHR adoption is more than just a financial liability
  • Report: Accuracy of coding in ICD-10 pilot varies
  • Payment reform: Flat facility fees and ACOs aren't enough
  • Moody's: ACA will accelerate hospital mergers
  • Americans will have an extra 6 weeks to buy health coverage before facing penalty


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK


    Member to Member: We're Searching for Volunteers!
    Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim via AAOE
    As a Board Member of AAOE, I asked what I could do to be more active in my role as a member of the Board. Over the last couple of years, it has been a struggle to get our members involved by volunteering for our organization. So I asked Addy Kujawa — our Executive Director — to get me some statistics on how many of members are actively volunteering for our organization. I expected the number to come in around 10-15 percent, but I was truly shocked to learn that only 5.8 percent of our membership actively volunteers.
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    How Can AAOE Make the Newsletter Better for You?
    AAOE
    As the years have gone by, there have been changes made to the weekly eNewsletter that have improved the flow of it. You asked that we change the layout because it was too crowded, and we made it less cluttered. You wanted more member content and we are working hard to bring you content straight from AAOE members. We want to know how we can be even better. Please click here to take a short survey telling us how we can make the newsletter an experience that you look forward to every week.
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    Do Your Business Associates Truly Know Their Obligations?
    AAOE
    The Web developer hired a subcontractor to build a tool that would allow patients to access their prescriptions and schedule information from the practice’s website. It wasn't a patient portal associated with the EMR, but a stand-alone add-on without a secured login. It was hacked and thousands of records were breached. Because the breach was over 500 records, the practice ended up on the Department of Health & Human Services' (DHHS) website and the practice easily spent six figures remediating the issue.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    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
    Jan. 10-11, 2014 2014 BONES Society of Florida Coding and Reimbursement Conference Details
    April 4-5, 2014 Midwest AAOE Spring Meeting Details
    May 31-June 3, 2014 AAOE Annual Conference Details
    July 31- Aug.3, 2041 2014 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executive Details
    Sept. 12-14, 2014 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details

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


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    LEAK OF THE WEEK


    Be On the Lookout!
    AAOE
    The Preliminary Program is going through its final edits! We will be sending the Preliminary Program to over 2,500 practice executives, but you will be able to view it before it arrives in your mailbox because it will be available online first! Be on the lookout for an email letting you know when this is available for viewing! You'll love what we have in store!
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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Member Spotlight: William Pupkis, CMPE (Ret.)
    AAOE
    Council/ Committee Name: Communication
    Practice Name: Retired from Capital Region Orthopaedics, Albany, N.Y.
    City/State: Frankfort, Maine
    Group Size: 3
    Hobby: Woodworking
    Favorite quote: "We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
    Best book ever read: Mornings on Horseback — David McCullough
    Favorite movie: Chariots of Fire
    Any other information you would like to share: Mr. Pupkis was the CEO of Capital Region Orthopaedics from May 2001 to September 2012. During his tenure this group grew from 16 to 33 physicians, a 4 OR-ASC to 6 ORs and added an MRI Suite. In October 2012, after Bill retired with 35+ years in the business of medicine, he began Mainelytwigs, a custom cabinet, furniture shop in his new home town of Frankfort, Maine. This is a passion he has kept since he was a teenager. You can see some of his work at www.mainelytwigs.net

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    John F. Kennedy
    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Driving a new bargain on healthcare
    The New York Times
    The Affordable Care Act has gotten off to a rocky start. Federal and state online health insurance exchanges, which opened for business at the beginning of the month, have been bedeviled by technical snags. And opposition to the law from some House Republicans blocked funding for the entire federal government, leading to its partial shutdown. In fact, with all the conflict and vituperation over Obamacare, it sometimes seems that one of the few things Democrats and Republicans agree on is that the law is imperfect at best. And they also agree that it could be improved.
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    Online physician reviews mostly positive, but reliability questioned
    By Pamela Lewis Dolan
    A new survey finds a large number of doctors regularly monitor reviews written about them online. But that may not equate to an overwhelming endorsement of physician review websites. The survey of 360 doctors, sponsored by ZocDoc, found 85 percent actively monitor online reviews about themselves, and 36 percent look at their competitors' reviews. Other studies have found while reviews are generally positive, they may not offer a complete picture.
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    US CBO: Savings from higher Medicare age shrink dramatically
    Reuters
    For U.S. budget negotiators who may want to raise the retirement age by two years to shrink deficits, the Congressional Budget Office has some bad news: the savings would be considerably less than previously thought. The CBO said in a report that raising the normal eligibility age for Medicare health coverage to 67 from 65 in 2016 would reduce federal budget deficits by only $19 billion through 2023.
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    Why EHR adoption is more than just a financial liability
    EHRIntelligence.com
    The triple aim looks to improve both the quality of care and the health of patient populations while reducing healthcare costs. While these three aims play an important role in healthcare reform, they do not address one major concern for healthcare professionals, liability. And with the adoption of EHR systems becoming more widespread, physicians and other clinicians must adapt to a changing environment wherein malpractice claims intersect with health IT.
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    Report: Accuracy of coding in ICD-10 pilot varies
    ModernHealthcare.com (Free subscription required)
    Medical coders participating in an ICD-10 coding pilot produced accurate coding using the complex new system less than two-thirds of the time, according to a report by two healthcare IT industry groups. Accuracy rates varied widely by type of medical condition coded. For example, a case of acute gastritis without bleeding was coded accurately 100% of the time in one batch or "wave" of test results, while "chest pain, unspecified" was coded accurately in only 34% of records tested in a different batch.
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    Payment reform: Flat facility fees and ACOs aren't enough
    Health Affairs
    American hospitals are expensive. Reams of data show that hospital-based services are more expensive than the same services provided in other settings. Moreover, the cost of hospital services has grown faster than costs in other parts of our health care system; from 1997 to 2012, for instance, the cost of hospital services grew a spectacular 149 percent, while the cost of physician services grew only 55 percent.
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    FEATURED ARTICLE
    TRENDING ARTICLE
    MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
    Member to Member: We're Searching for Volunteers!
    Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim via AAOE
    As a Board Member of AAOE, I asked what I could do to be more active in my role as a member of the Board. Over the last couple of years, it has been a struggle to get our members involved by volunteering for our organization.

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    ICD-10 testing takes another tumble in 'scary' pilot program
    EHRIntelligence.com
    Holt Anderson, executive director at the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance has just one word to describe a recently completed ICD-10 test pilot: "scary."

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    Will you make more money if you subspecialize?
    MedPage Today
    There are lots of reasons doctors do post-residency fellowships. They might be fascinated with a particular organ system, for example. But humans are often motivated by cold hard cash, so it's probably worth figuring out whether all those extra years of training will pay off in ... pay.

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    Moody's: ACA will accelerate hospital mergers
    ModernHealthcare.com
    The pace of healthcare mergers and acquisitions will pick up as the healthcare reform law gives for-profit hospitals and health systems greater incentive to grow and diversify, analysts at Moody's Investors Service said. "As hospital operators prepare for the implementation of the broader reaching aspects of healthcare reform, acquisition activity is likely to continue, in some cases driving up leverage and requiring considerable integration efforts," said Moody's analysts who follow the nation's for-profit hospital operators in a report.
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    Americans will have an extra 6 weeks to buy health coverage before facing penalty
    The Washington Post
    The Obama administration said Wednesday night that it will give Americans who buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces an extra six weeks to obtain coverage before they incur a penalty. The announcement means that those who buy coverage through the exchange will have until March 31 to sign up for a plan, according to an official with the Department of Health and Human Services.
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