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AAOE News
  • Save the dates: April 28-30 for AAOE Annual Conference
  • Reminder: Please submit topic suggestions for Legislative Hot Topics Discussion on Jan. 24
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Allan Fentner, CMPE, MBA
  • Going Mobile: Why your practice needs a mobile website and tips for building one
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • States lean on feds for health insurance exchanges
  • Aging doctors face greater scrutiny
  • Feds rule on healthcare law's Medicaid expansion
  • CMS bundled payment changes untenable?
  • Medicaid primary care pay at risk in lame-duck talks
  • Health groups add to privacy, security budgets




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Save the dates: April 28-30 for AAOE Annual Conference
    AAOE    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The AAOE Annual Conference will be taking place April 28-30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. You will have access to the preliminary program very soon; stay tuned for the details. In the interim, please save the dates.

    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.


    Reminder: Please submit topic suggestions for Legislative Hot Topics Discussion on Jan. 24
    AAOE Advocacy Council*    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As a reminder, 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 on legislative hot topics. If there is any specific topic related to legislation that you would like to be address, 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)


     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Jan. 24
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
    AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Legislative Hot Topics Discussion sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE 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) sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE 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 sponsored by the Wisconsin Bones Society and AAOE Forthcoming





     AAOE LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight: Allan Fentner, CMPE, MBA
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    Fentner Name: Allan A. Fentner, CMPE, MBA
    Involvement with the AAOE: Benchmarking Committee chair
    Practice name: Orthopaedic Associates, Inc.
    Location: Westlake, Ohio
    Group size: 14
    Hobby: Golf
    Favorite quote: "Change your thoughts, and you can change your world" by Norman Vincent Peale
    Favorite movie: "Shawshank Redemption"
    Other interesting facts: 15-year member of AAOE and managing physician group practices for more than 20.


    Going Mobile: Why your practice needs a mobile website and tips for building one
    Mary Hall, iHealthSpot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Internet marketing continues to evolve for medical practices and staying with the latest trends in technology and Web browsing are as important as your message. Mobile websites are the fastest growing market on the Internet today. Mobile browsing has increased by 50 percent in the last year and continues to be the fastest growing segment in Internet browsing. It is important to give your patients multiple avenues to reach you, and one of those should be easy access to you from their mobile device. More

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Norman Vincent Peale    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Change your thoughts, and you can change your world."



     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    States lean on feds for health insurance exchanges
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The federal government will run more health insurance exchanges as they come online next year than states. Both Virginia and Florida recently rejected running their own exchanges, just hours before the midnight deadline for states to officially declare whether or not they would set up their own insurance exchange or get some amount of help from the federal government. More

    Aging doctors face greater scrutiny
    Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    About 42 percent of the nation's 1 million physicians are older than 55, and 21 percent are older than 65, according to the American Medical Association, up from 35 percent and 18 percent, respectively, in 2006. Their ranks are expected to increase as many work past the traditional retirement age of 65, for reasons both personal and financial. More

    Feds rule on healthcare law's Medicaid expansion
    The Associated Press via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal healthcare law, the Obama administration said. The ruling affects a federal-state program that covers nearly 60 million low-income and severely disabled people, caught in a tug-of-war between Republican governors and the Democratic administration. More


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    CMS bundled payment changes untenable?
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation announced changes to its Bundled Payment Care Improvement Initiative that could make pursuing its model untenable and even cause some applicants to drop out of the program, according to a CMS reviewer of bundled payment applications. But is dropping out really an option? Bundled payments are multifaceted, and regardless of the payer, it is the payment model of the future. So what did CMS change that's cause for consternation? More

    Medicaid primary care pay at risk in lame-duck talks
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Organized medicine reacted with strong opposition to indications that Congress might eliminate a temporary Medicaid pay increase to primary care physicians as lawmakers deliberate in year-end negotiations on outstanding fiscal issues. In a series of letters to House and Senate leaders, more than 250 physician associations and state medical societies urged lawmakers to oppose any proposals to eliminate the Affordable Care Act provision that boosts Medicaid primary care rates to Medicare levels in 2013 and 2014. More

    Health groups add to privacy, security budgets
    Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The majority of healthcare organizations across the U.S. have increased their privacy and security budgets according to a new HIMSS survey. Officials say, however, many of the groups' allocated budgets still fall short. Findings of the 2012 Security Survey also highlight that healthcare groups are hiring more security staff and conducting risk analysis on an annual basis. More
     

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