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Legislative Hot Topics Discussion on Jan. 24
AAOE Advocacy Council*    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24, the AAOE Education and Advocacy Councils will be hosting a peer-to-peer audio conference for AAOE members to address the following questions that may have crossed your mind:
  • What is currently going on in Washington and what does it mean for me?
  • Where can I find up-to-date information on government activity at a state level?
  • Why should I get involved with Advocacy?
  • Where do I start?
  • If I want to start small, what can I do to help make an impact?
Is there anything else related to legislation that you would like to hear about? Please submit your suggestions via Survey Monkey. In the next few weeks you will be receiving information on registering for this audio conference however if you would like to get on the registration list now, please email Nicole Heilman at Heilman@aaoe.net.

*2012-2013 AAOE Advocacy Council: Mona Reimers, FACMPE, CPC (chair); Paul Bruning; Michael Butler; Nathan Comstock; Chris Dugger, MHSA; Beverly J. Gazmen, CMPE; April Gibson; Dorothy Hellums; Joseph Mathews, PT, DPT, CSCS; Ronald P. O'Neal, MPH, FACHE; Jana Ray; Martin Shipman; Tim Smith; Jan Vest; David Schlactus, MBA, CMPE (board liaison)


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 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
Jan. 24
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Legislative Hot Topics Discussion Forthcoming
Feb. 14
11 a.m.-noon CST
AAOE Webinar: Meaningful Use for Orthopaedists: Moving to Stage 2 sponsored by SRSsoft and AAOE Forthcoming
Feb. 28
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Meaningful Use: Getting Started and Basic Quality Measures (A Panel Discussion) Forthcoming
March 14
11 a.m.-noon CST
AAOE Webinar: Social Media: Turning Patients into Practice Promoters sponsored by Orthopaedic Marketing Group and AAOE Forthcoming
March 28
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Patient/Customer Service for Staff Forthcoming



 AAOE LEADERSHIP


How to improve physician documentation in orthopaedic settings
Deborah Robb, BSHA, CPC and Lori Owens, RHIT, CCS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This article reviews challenges to clinical documentation in orthopaedic practices, bad habits that die hard and training opportunities particularly as they relate to ICD-10 implementation. Electronic health records promise a variety of benefits, including improved patient care and decreased healthcare costs. But before these advantages can be realized, high-quality medical documentation must be a prominent feature of the orthopaedic services landscape. More

Listserv hot topics
Jerry Blanton, AAOE Technology Committee member    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you've not been following the AAOE Listserv this month, you've missed a wealth of knowledge as well as an opportunity to network with your peers. The group made recommendations for everything an orthopaedic administrator needs to run a practice. Topics were as simple as which cast saws people are happy with or as complicated as choosing the right EMR. Sadly, many of us can give advice on choosing the right EMR for the third time. The Listserv is always full of human resource advice, and the last few weeks included suggestions for an employee's bad behavior, holiday bonuses and office schedules. Those electronic conversations resulted in some great advice as well as some comic relief.

If you are interested in the Listserv but don't think you can keep up with the volume of emails there are simple ways to reroute and peruse at your leisure, you can access step-by-step instructions on how to differentiate the AAOE Listserv from your other emails, click here. You may also access these instructions by logging in as a member to www.aaoe.net, selecting "Listserv," then selecting "To Filter Posts."




Committee Member Spotlight: Vivian Ransom
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Get to know a bit about one of your fellow AAOE members:

Name: Vivian Ransom
Involvement with the AAOE: Needs Assessment chair
Practice name: Idaho Hand Center
Location: Boise, Idaho
Practice information: Two orthopedic hand surgeons — one PT/CHT
Hobbies: Golf, Boise State football
Favorite quote: "You don't play sports to get fit; you get fit to play sports."
Favorite book: I know I should say something like "Who Moved My Cheese" or "Seven Habits of Highly Successful People," but I've got to say, the Bible. It's the quintessential primer on how to treat patients, the people you work with, obnoxious sales people, your bosses and how to conduct business in general. Not to mention how to get through meaningful use without slitting your throat.
Favorite movie: "Top Gun." Hands down, best movie ever made.
Other interesting facts: After retiring from a great sports medicine practice a few years ago, I did some consulting and ended up back in the proverbial saddle again, although at a smaller office. To mitigate the professional differences between going from a bigger practice to a startup smaller one, I have truly enjoyed being involved with setting up adult training programs and teaching at the (technical) college level for folks to learn what we do in our administrative offices. To help provide a source of sensibly trained personnel for my colleagues, ready to hit the ground running when we need them."


Leadership Quote of the Week
Charles de Gaulle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities."



 AROUND THE INDUSTRY


Physician groups eye mergers but blindsided by legal fights
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Declining payments and increasing financial pressures have led more physicians to become employees of large medical groups and hospitals. At the same time, the Affordable Care Act is prompting smaller practices to consolidate as a way to more easily participate in new health system delivery models such as accountable care organizations. But as physicians attempt to escape administrative burdens and financial stress, they are encountering another hurdle — legal disputes brought about by mergers. More

Watchdog call for EHR bonus audits meets resistance
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Putting additional hurdles in the way of incentives for meaningful use of electronic health records could impede adoption of health information technology, officials said following the release of an investigation critical of integrity safeguards in the incentive program. More

Medical billing software: It's time for an upgrade
PhysBizTech    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If your medical billing software isn't up to date, it may make the whole process more of a headache than it needs to be. New software makes billing to both insurance companies and customers more efficient and easier to organize, not to mention more convenient for your patients. Updating your medical billing software not only allows you to evolve with your patients, but keeps you updated on new insurance eligibility requirements and revised regulations on billing practices. More


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Technology will replace 80 percent of what doctors do
FORTUNE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Much of what physicians do — checkups, testing, diagnosis, prescription, behavior modification, etc. — can be done better by sensors, passive and active data collection and analytics. But doctors aren't supposed to just measure. They're supposed to consume all that data, consider it in context of the latest medical findings and the patient's history and figure out if something's wrong. Computers can take on much of that diagnosis and treatment and even do these functions better than the average doctor. More

Huge experiment aims to save on care for poorest, sickest patients
Kaiser Health News and USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A large group of disabled Medicaid enrollees in California have been moved out of traditional fee-for-service health coverage into a managed care plan. Officials hope to learn if the transition provides this vulnerable population, which has complex medical needs, better medical care while saving the government money. The California experiment, now in its second year, has national significance. Federal officials have begun to roll out a similar, but larger effort required by the Affordable Care Act. More

Could Medicaid benefits get pushed off the fiscal cliff?
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medicaid provides benefits to more than 60 million Americans, including millions of children, who might not otherwise be able to afford medical care. This sizable government program has been sheltered from large federal cuts but is now vulnerable because of the ongoing talks in Washington to close the budget gap and avoid the fiscal cliff. More

How the fiscal cliff affects healthcare
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The impending fiscal cliff is a package of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in Jan. 1 unless President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill agree on a way to stop them. Negotiations to avert the cuts are ongoing and both sides have exchanged offers. Here are a few questions and answers about what could happen in the weeks before the end-of-year deadline. More
 

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