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AAOE News
  • Ancillary Services from the perspective of The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of Washington
  • AAOE Membership Drive extended until Dec. 31
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Lyris: The 1st place I look when I don't know something
  • Test PQRS in advance of 2013 reporting — Prepare now to avoid eRx, EHR penalties
  • More changes for 2013 in CPT
  • Book Review: 'The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business'
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • 10 ways to destroy spine practice marketing
  • Obama win clears health law hurdle, challenges remain
  • Coalition pushes new proposal to avoid Medicare, Medicaid cuts
  • Medicare finalizes physician pay for new care coordination benefit
  • CBO: Federal healthcare costs skyrocketing
  • Doctors in shortage state cite consequences of Medicaid expansion




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Ancillary Services from the perspective of The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of Washington
    AAOE    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Join us Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. CST for our last live online educational activity of the year. During this peer-to-peer audio conference titled Minimal Investment Ancillary Services: Improve Outcomes, Income and Patient Satisfaction, AAOE member and director of operations for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of Washington, Gabrielle Morgan, will share her experience regarding the clinical benefits and qualification of ancillary services, as well as the set up and implementation, tracking success and determining impact.

    See the Calendar of Events section below for information on registering.




    AAOE Membership Drive extended until Dec. 31
    AAOE Membership Council    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE Membership Council* has extended its Membership Drive until Dec. 31. Click here for more information.

    Membership

    *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


     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More 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.



     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    Lyris: The 1st place I look when I don't know something.
    Francis "Sam" Santschi, JD; AAOE membership council chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you are like me, you are seldom Reaganing* while at work. We are counted on to be knowledgeable, have answers, and yet we often need help. Our role is to master the ever increasing burdens of complexity and responsibility in the running of an orthopaedic practice.

    *Reaganing — "Making it through a full 24 hours, without a single misstep is called 'Reaganing,' after our former president. The only other people who have ever done it: Lee Iacocca, Jack Welch and, no judgment, Saddam Hussein." — Jack Donaghy, "30 Rock" TV show
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    Test PQRS in advance of 2013 reporting — Prepare now to avoid eRx, EHR penalties
    AAOE Legislative and Regulatory Update    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The next three years will be pivotal for providers to successfully participate in Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System, e-prescribing incentives program and electronic health records "meaningful use" program. Nonparticipation, or unsuccessful participation, will not simply mean a lack of incentive bonuses. Instead, providers will face ever-mounting penalties that could reduce their Medicare fees by as much as 5 percent. More



    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.
    eClinical Works
    eClinicalWorks offers a comprehensive EHR solution, so Practice Management works in concert with the entire eClinicalWorks line. It is just one part of an inclusive product, combining an EMR, PM, community health exchange, reporting system, mobile system, patient messaging system and patient Web portal.
    NovaOrtho
    A complete, top-rated, web-based image and information management system that provides you with the tools you need to improve patient workflow, increase your efficiency and save you time and money. NovaOrtho improves patient workflow by allowing you to view patient images anytime, anywhere.


    More changes for 2013 in CPT
    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
    Read about further changes in store for 2013 related to CPT coding. More

    Book Review: 'The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business'
    Spencer Mills, MA, MBA, FACMPE; AAOE Member Communications Committee member-at-large    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Patrick Lencioni's book, "The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business," is summarized by Spencer Mills and discusses how the best-run companies are those that are healthy, have cohesive leadership teams with healthy conflict, have clarity defined, overcommunicate, reinforce and have effective meetings. More

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Frank A. Clark    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    And now that the national elections have been settled, here's a quote to provide you with some insight, if not guidance:

    "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."




     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    10 ways to destroy spine practice marketing
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The world is changing rapidly, and your practice marketing has to keep up. If you don't continue to assess the value of your marketing investment, don't be surprised if you see fewer patients. Here are 10 ways you can fail. More

    Obama win clears health law hurdle, challenges remain
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    President Barack Obama's re-election erased the last major threat to his signature healthcare reform law, but left questions about implementation as the national focus shifts to tackling the mounting U.S. deficit. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the biggest overhaul of the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system since the 1960s, aims to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans beginning in January 2014. More

    Coalition pushes new proposal to avoid Medicare, Medicaid cuts
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans turning to address the looming budget crisis, a coalition of consumer groups, labor unions and major employers is pushing new approaches to control federal health spending without cutting benefits for seniors and others who rely on Medicare and Medicaid. More


    We're Rad to the Bone!
    Unique orthopedic and spine teleradiology company. Personalized service, cutting edge technology. Detailed finalized reports from your personal radiologist on your cell or tablet within minutes. Remember the Good Old Rays! MORE
    Agfa HealthCare

    Agfa HealthCare is a leading provider of integrated IT solutions, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and contrast media solutions for hospitals and other healthcare centers.
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    Medicare finalizes physician pay for new care coordination benefit
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Medicare program starting in January will pay doctors for care coordination services when transferring patients to skilled nursing facilities, according to new coverage policy detailed in the final Medicare physician fee schedule published Nov. 1. The new service was one of myriad Medicare payment changes finalized in the annual regulation announcing program rates for the next year. More

    CBO: Federal healthcare costs skyrocketing
    The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After an election in which both parties demonized cuts in Medicare spending, the Congressional Budget Office issued a reminder of the need to cut Medicare spending. Healthcare programs are quickly outgrowing their historical share of the federal budget, CBO said, and the cost of those programs will only grow faster as more baby boomers reach retirement and underlying healthcare costs continue to soar. More

    Doctors in shortage state cite consequences of Medicaid expansion
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Oklahoma State Medical Association has concerns about adding 200,000 residents to the state's Medicaid rolls in 2014 and intends to work with the governor to assess whether such an expansion makes sense. Part of the challenge is determining who these new patients are going to see for their care, said Kenneth King, the association's executive director. More
     

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