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AAOE News
  • Happy holidays from the AAOE staff and our volunteers!
  • Countdown to AAOE Annual Conference
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Leadership
  • Hiding and unhiding columns and rows in Excel
  • NCCI Guidelines are out for 2013
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Around the Industry
  • 8 steps to optimize spine practice revenue in 2013
  • As doctors flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients
  • Cash and carry: Is this Oklahoma surgery center the future of healthcare?
  • 27 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors real danger in fiscal cliff
  • E-prescribing soars among doctors with EHRs
  • Order sets, done well
  • 10 ways patients get treated better




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Happy holidays from AAOE staff and our volunteers!
    AAOE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    AAOE staff and board, council and committee members would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season this year. We recognize and are thankful for your commitment to our organization and wish you all the best.



    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.


    Countdown to AAOE Annual Conference
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    April 28-30 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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    days remaining


     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


    Hiding and unhiding columns and rows in Excel
    Debby Reigle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A very useful feature in Excel is the ability to hide and unhide rows and columns within a worksheet without it affecting calculations. But what if you have several columns — or rows — hidden and you only want to unhide one column or row and not all of them? I have seen many users unhide all of the columns in the hidden set and then manually re-hide the ones they don’t want to display. More

    NCCI Guidelines are out for 2013
    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
    The new 2013 Correct Coding Initiative edits just came out, and you will want to get your hands on the full chapters and read over them. There are some things you need to be aware of for any of your payers/carriers that use CCI edits. Click here to obtain the full list of these edits. To read some of the highlights, click here.

    Leadership Quote of the Week
    Albert Schweitzer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."



     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    8 steps to optimize spine practice revenue in 2013
    Becker's Spine Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Here are eight best practices for increasing spine practice revenue next year. More

    As doctors flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients
    Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    North Carolina patients are likely to pay more for routine health care if their doctors are employed by a hospital, an investigation has found. It's true for services ranging from heart tests to routine office visits. And it's part of a national shift that experts say is raising costs but not quality. Hospitals are increasingly buying doctors' practices, then sending bills for routine services that are significantly higher than those charged by independent doctors. More

    Cash and carry: Is this Oklahoma surgery center the future of healthcare?
    Oklahoma Watchdog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Taking a "cash only" free-market approach, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma City is causing a stir locally, and attracting nationwide attention. What the company calls "price transparency" with guaranteed rates for procedures is even triggering a home-grown version of medical tourism. 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
    The Art of Flexibility

    The CS 9300 from Carestream Dental offers up to seven selectable fields of view and resolution up to 90μm, giving greater flexibility to suit your patients’ diagnostic needs. MORE


    27 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors real danger in fiscal cliff
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With Congress and the White House unable to come up with an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a major portion of pay for doctors from the Medicare program also hangs in the balance. At issue is a permanent solution known as the "doc fix" for dramatic cuts to doctor payments from the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly under the so-called sustainable growth rate, or SGR formula. Without Congressional action, doctors face a cut in Medicare payments of nearly 27 percent on Jan. 1. More

    E-prescribing soars among doctors with EHRs
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Government incentives and better education on the benefits of e-prescribing are being credited for a dramatic increase in the number of physicians who use electronic health record systems to e-prescribe. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Dept. of Health and Human Services published a report in November that looked at e-prescribing trends in the U.S. As of June, 48 percent of physicians are e-prescribing with an EHR. That is up from 7 percent in December 2008. More

    Order sets, done well
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As adoption of electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry continues, an old debate heats up: How do providers strike a balance between standardizing order sets and customizing care for each patient? The payoff for more standardized order sets is more reliable care, better outcomes, and greater physician satisfaction. More

    10 ways patients get treated better
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Health care innovations aren't limited to drugs and devices. Experts increasingly are adopting new ways to treat patients that studies show are better at healing the sick, preventing disease, improving patients' quality of life and lowering costs. Here are 10 innovations that took root in 2012 and are changing the care patients will get in 2013. More
     

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