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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week...
  • Use of Dashboards in Orthopaedic Practice Management
  • AAOE Member Benefit: Hot Topic Webinars


  • Advocacy Update
  • AAOE is Recognized at the ISAE Star Awards


  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar


  • Leak of the Week
  • Callpointe


  • Leadership Quote of the Week
  • Leadership Quote of the Week


  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • Practices are up against it with HIPAA compliance and audits
  • Doc database may soon include CME-related payments
  • What do you think about physician ethics?
  • Medical malpractice 'super losses' on the rise
  • Nearly half of patients withheld info in their EHR
  • Congress directs ONC to decertify EHRs blocking information sharing
  • How RTLS can streamline physician and patient flow
  • HealthCare.gov enrollment hits nearly 2.5 million


  • In Touch & In Tune with Our Exhibitors
  • Systemedx




  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Use of Dashboards in Orthopaedic Practice Management
    Provided by AAOE
    Successful practice managers simplify their strategies and business models by being selective as to what they listen to, read and watch. They focus on what makes sense and ignore the rest, which sometimes is difficult because we are often exposed to information overload.
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    AAOE Member Benefit: Hot Topic Webinars
    Provided by AAOE
    In today's continually changing Healthcare environment keeping abreast of the changes can be difficult. When you need education on a topic but don't have the time or budget to attend a meeting nothing beats a Hot Topic Webinar. Hot Topic Webinars are a benefit included in your yearly dues that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own office; in addition, you can share the webinar with your staff for no additional charge. Hot Topic Webinars are offered live however members can access a recorded session via the AAOE Live Learning Center to view at their convenience.
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    ADVOCACY UPDATE


    AAOE is Recognized at the ISAE Star Awards
    Provided by AAOE
    The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives is proud to announce that AAOE Government Affairs was honored at the Indiana Society of Association Executives' (ISAE) Star Awards as the "Outstanding Government Affairs Program" for 2014. Thanks to the work of our volunteer members on the Advocacy Council, AAOE was recognized as having one of the best government affairs programs in the State of Indiana where AAOE headquarters are located.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    Jan. 15 12 - 1 p.m. Physician Documentation in Preparation for ICD-10 [HTW] Details
    Jan. 22 12 p.m. Medical Society of Virginia's White Coats on Call 2015 Details
    April 17-18 AOA Leadership Immersion Series — Module 1: Surviving Health Care Changes: Leaders Taking Strategic Action Details
    April 25-28, 2015 2015 AAOE Annual Conference in Chicago Details
    Aug. 6-9 2015 South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 24-26, 2015 2015 BONES Society of Florida Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 25-26, 2015 AOA Leadership Immersion Series – Module 4: Leading High Performing Teams Details

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




    LEAK OF THE WEEK


    Callpointe
    Provided by AAOE
    Callpointe offers easy to use, web based patient communication services for medical professionals to communicate with their patients by phone, text, email, or smartphone application. Appointment reminders, recalls, and no-show messages are just a few of the services we offer using seamless integration with your scheduling software.
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    LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK



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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    Practices are up against it with HIPAA compliance and audits
    By Scott E. Rupp
    NueMD, a provider of cloud-based management software for small medical practices, finds that there are a lot of healthcare organizations up against it when it comes to complying with the beefed up regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. In an effort to determine how small practices and billing organizations are coping, NueMD partnered with Porter Research and the Daniel Brown Law Group to produce a report, and the results are eye-opening and somewhat shocking.
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    Doc database may soon include CME-related payments
    Modern Healthcare
    The Open Payments database may soon include information about some payments made by medical-device and drug companies to physicians for accredited continuing medical education activities. The CMS on Monday updated the Open Payments website to clarify when manufacturers are required to report information about payments made for CME activities.
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    OA Braces: Did increased utilization contribute to billing code changes?
    Townsend Design
    A growing percentage of Medicare patients with OA related knee pain and mobility limitations are being fit with off-the-shelf corrective knee braces. Following this increase in use, CMS has imposed new billing code requirements effective October 1, 2014. Statistics from 2012 indicate Medicare provided reimbursement for over 20,500 L1843 single hinge braces routinely prescribed for unicompartment OA. An additional 19,000 L1845 braces were reimbursed by Medicare. While these dual hinge (L1845) braces are prescribed for both ligament instabilities and knee OA, a majority of the L1845 braces paid for by Medicare are prescribed for older OA patients with joint degeneration.
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    What do you think about physician ethics?
    Medscape
    Physicians grapple with many wrenching decisions throughout their medical careers. Some situations involve whether to prolong or bring an end to patients' lives; others spark heated debates among physicians with different values. More than 21,000 physicians told Medscape how they feel about medicine's most critical issues. Respondents included more than 17,000 US and 4000 European physicians.
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    Medical malpractice 'super losses' on the rise
    Insurance Business America
    An already tricky sector of the healthcare P/C sector is facing new difficulties. According to a report from specialist healthcare insurer Hiscox, so-called "super losses" — those totaling more than $5 million — are accounting for a growing proportion of total dollars spent in claims.
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    Nearly half of patients withheld info in their EHR
    Health Data Management
    In what is being touted as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic health records, almost half of the patients who participated in the study withheld clinically sensitive information in their EHR from some or all of their healthcare providers.
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    Congress directs ONC to decertify EHRs blocking information sharing
    Health Data Management
    The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes legislative language directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify electronic health record products that are effectively blocking the sharing of health information.
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    How RTLS can streamline physician and patient flow
    Government Health IT
    As patient acuity and staff workloads continue to increase, healthcare executives must enable effective staff communication and workflows. Without these, the resulting staff stress and patient care delays can negatively impact both patient and staff satisfaction.
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    HealthCare.gov enrollment hits nearly 2.5 million
    CNBC
    Demand for Obamacare insurance plans strongly accelerated in the days leading up to a key enrollment deadline, with the HealthCare.gov federal exchange signing up more than 1 million customers in one week and indications that many more enrollees are on the way, officials announced.
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    IN TOUCH & IN TUNE WITH OUR EXHIBITORS


    Systemedx
    Provided by AAOE
    As a THANK YOU to our exhibitors, we will be highlighting at least one exhibitor each week in the newsletter! This will give YOU a better understanding of what to expect from the exhibitors we will have at the 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago and it will give them a chance to show their fun side, while giving you a preview of solutions that they will have ready for you in April! This week we put Systemedx on the hot seat...
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