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AAOE News
  • Reminder: 3 days left to fill out the technology survey
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • AAOE Benchmarking Committee update
  • Economic challenges to healthcare reform — Part 2 of 2
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • Obama administration officials propose altered rules for health insurers
  • 3 steps to HIPAA security in the cloud
  • Online medical records may not improve efficiency
  • Suit sets up clash between day-surgery centers and hospitals, insurers
  • Geographic payment adjustments: Medicare's disputed borders
  • At edge of fiscal cliff, everyone fights to protect his bit of budget
  • Fiscal cliff: How to judge if debt cuts are real
  • Health insurance exchanges emerge as red vs. blue




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Reminder: 3 days left to fill out the technology survey
    2012-13 AAOE Technology Committee*    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE Board of Directors recently gave the Technology Committee a new charge. In addition to addressing any technology needs of the AAOE, we are to find out the technology needs of the members.

    We are looking to gather innovative technology applications currently being used so we can make other members aware of what is available. To do this, we are asking the members to take a survey about the most pressing technological needs facing their groups as well as unique applications so we can in turn respond with helpful information and insight regarding the technology. We will update member profile options to reflect the type of technology and vendors being used. This will allow members to more specifically seek input and direction from the whole body of members based on the profiles under the AAOE Peer Finder. More

    Please click here and complete this short survey by Nov. 30.

    *2012-13 AAOE Technology Committee: Chris Greenman (Chair); Brian S. Bizub; Jerry Blanton; Heather Duhr; Cindy L. Keene, CPA, FACMPE; Stephen D. Maddock; Mike McGuire; Steve Nelson (Board Liaison); Cynthia Everlith (Communications Council Liaison); Jennifer Monto (Communications Council Liaison)




     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Dec. 14-15 Disaster Response Course, Developed by SOMOS, co-sponsored by AAOS, OTA and POSNA in Naples, Fla. Register



     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    AAOE Benchmarking Committee update
    Allan A. Fentner, Benchmarking Committee Chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As Chair of the 2012-2013 AAOE Benchmarking Committee,* I have been asked to provide our members with a current update on the committee. Over the last few years, the number of people responding to the survey has increased considerably, making compilation and verification of data much more demanding. The AAOE Board and Benchmarking Committee conversed and decided if the AAOE wanted to become the premier benchmarking survey for orthopaedics, better professional assistance was needed not only in helping to develop more clear and concise questions, but more importantly in partnering to scrub the data being submitted and providing tools to allow people to drill down to find information that they feel is important to their own practice’s success.

    I am very pleased to announce the AAOE, with the full support of the board, has signed an agreement with Veris Consulting out of Reston, Va., to assist the AAOE in developing, improving and maintaining our orthopaedic benchmarking survey. Veris will be able to make sure all the data submitted is accurate and reliable. In addition, their interactive tools will assist all administrators to compare their practices to all others in a format that you, the user, feel is important. We are excited with this partnership and anticipate the number of practices participating in this year’s benchmarking survey to be the best ever. Stay tuned for more updates and information early next year.

    *2012-13 AAOE Benchmarking Committee: Allan A. Fentner, MBA (chair); Lori S. Delbridge; Edward Gulko, MBA, FACMPE, FACHE, LNHA; Nicole Horn, MBA, CMPE; George W. Nyktas, CPA, MBA; Meredith M. Robicheaux, RHIA; Barbara Sack, MHSA, CMPE



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    Economic challenges to healthcare reform — Part 2 of 2
    Paul Bruning, AAOE Advocacy Council member-at-large and assistant editor, Legislative and Regulatory Update newsletter SC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Economics and healthcare are standing on the precipice of the fiscal cliff and reform. Each depends on the other for stable growth of the economy and appropriate access and care of the population. Part 2 of this two-part article reviews the major concepts of a free-market system and why healthcare does not equate to a free-market system and cannot within the United States. Read Part 2 here. For reference, you can access Part 1 which reviews the background of healthcare reform and the role economics has played here.

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Socrates    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting for the old, but on building the new."



     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Obama administration officials propose altered rules for health insurers
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Obama administration proposed new rules that would loosen some of the 2010 healthcare law's mandates on insurers while tightening others. Certain health plans, for instance, would be able to charge customers higher deductibles than originally allowed under the legislation. But all plans would be required to cover a larger selection of drugs than under an earlier approach outlined by the administration. More

    3 steps to HIPAA security in the cloud
    Government Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The default response for those charged with HIPAA security is to say "no" to cloud computing. Why? Clouds are not under direct control, they are not typically up on existing and emerging healthcare regulations, and — most importantly — they are new and scary. There is a clear need, however, to rethink the role of cloud computing by those charged with HIPAA security. The efficiencies that can be gained by leveraging public, private and hybrid clouds are just too compelling. More

    Online medical records may not improve efficiency
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    People who had access to their medical records online also came into their doctor's office for more appointments and used the emergency room more often than those who didn't log on, in a new study from Colorado. One theory supporting online access to health records is that if patients can look up their test results and put in for prescription refills online, they'll make fewer unnecessary trips or calls to the office. That would save both patients and the health system time and money. More

    Suit sets up clash between day-surgery centers and hospitals, insurers
    The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Four Colorado day-surgery centers have filed a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by the state's largest hospital chains and insurers to drive them out of business, while the defendants allege the surgery centers may violate insurance and kickback laws, bringing a battle of health titans into the open. More


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    Geographic payment adjustments: Medicare's disputed borders
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians practicing in all parts of the country long have agreed that Medicare payments have been too low for too long, but a growing chorus of health policy officials say these doctors’ rates also are inaccurate when compared with one another. Medicare uses geographic adjustments to pay more in areas deemed to have higher costs of providing care to seniors. More

    At edge of fiscal cliff, everyone fights to protect his bit of budget
    McClatchy Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As Washington debates how to trim runaway federal budget deficits without going over a fiscal cliff of immediate tax increases and automatic spending cuts, special interest groups are mounting aggressive campaigns to make sure that they're not the ones who have to pay the price. Defense companies, healthcare providers, public broadcasting and even national parks enthusiasts are warning that cuts to their interests would cost jobs and hurt consumers. More

    Fiscal cliff: How to judge if debt cuts are real
    The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    President Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff. So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming federal deficits, will it be real? More

    Health insurance exchanges emerge as red vs. blue
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The federal government gave states more time to decide if they want to pursue their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, but the leaders of some states said they already knew which way they were heading. The ACA authorized exchanges as marketplaces through which consumers could shop for coverage, and it encouraged states to form their own. A federal exchange will operate in any state that does not launch one. More
     

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