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IN TOUCH & IN TUNE WITH OUR EXHIBITORS
 


As 2014 comes to a close, AAOE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AAOE eNEWS a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Enhancing Your Practices Revenue: Pearls and Pitfalls
AAOE
From Oct. 7: The AAOS's Practice Management Committee published an article Enhancing Your Practices Revenue: Pearls and Pitfalls. This article discusses urgent care, physical therapy, ASCs and imaging in addition to co-management agreements and use of mid-level providers and ATCs.
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The CMS Fact Sheet
AAOE
From Feb. 4: Healthcare reform impacts all areas of healthcare. The CMS Fact Sheet is a good resource for anyone just starting to learn about the impact that providers will have to deal with.
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AAOE Annual Conference Recap
AAOE
From June 17: The 45th Annual Conference was a huge success! With 9 tracks of education and 133 exhibitors, the conference had something for everyone. Saturday opened with The Passing Zone as the Keynote speakers. Their presentation was insightful, as well as entertaining! This was followed by the opening reception at the Newseum, featuring Hari Karaoke — a live karaoke band. Sunday brought no shortage of fun, as it was a sports themed day! Everyone had the opportunity to dress down and show support for their favorite team!
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8 Ancillary Services That Can Boost Practice Revenue
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From Oct. 7: In this article, 3 consultants recommend various ancillary services that practices offer to increase revenue, also providing a scorecard for each. Some examples include an Urgent Care Center, Weight Loss Services, and Laboratory.
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AAOE Gets a Co-Sponsor
AAOE
From July 15: Our ask was simple, sign on to co-sponsor a bill that would allow medical practices to work together when negotiating contracts with insurance companies. Currently, this practice, known as collusion, is illegal for medical providers but not for insurance providers.
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I Found 'Love' Because of AAOE...
AAOE
From July 29: I'm not usually the type of person to get mixed up in intrigue or drama, but now, because of AAOE, I am. You see, I fell in LOVE because of AAOE. I suppose my first brush with my "Knight in Shining Armor" occurred in Washington, DC, at our 2014 conference. I had a destination with fortune as I was sitting in one of our meetings for new members. Oh, I guess I should tell you, I am a new AAOE member.
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How the Telephone Communication Protection Act Could Cost Your Practice
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From Jan. 21: Effective Oct. 16, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission will be enforcing the federal Telephone Communication Protection Act (TCPA). The purpose of the TCPA is to protect consumers from the nuisance of receiving unsolicited robocalls to their home and cellular telephones. With the exception of an emergency, or unless prior express consent is granted by the consumer, autodialed phone calls and artificial or prerecorded voice messages sent to residences or wireless phone numbers for marketing property, goods or services is prohibited.
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Common HIPAA Violations Quiz: Where Do You Stand?
AAOE
From June 17: HIPAA security auditors like me visit practices to poke through every nook and cranny of company policy, procedure, documentation, and network security in a HIPAA security assessment. 99% of the time, we find problems, even in well-established practices employing an experienced and security conscientious staff.
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The CMA (AAMA) Credential: Rise Above the Crowd
AAOE
From June 3: Utilization of Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) is becoming more common place within medical practices. CMA's have training that covers a wide range of roles within a practice or facility setting. One thing that stands out with CMA training is that there is a component of administrative knowledge that they bring to a practice. With the changing healthcare environment having a level of administrative knowledge is an additional skill set that is becoming in higher demand.
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OA Braces: Did increased utilization contribute to billing code changes?
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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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Correcting Inefficiencies in the Orthopedic Implant Market
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From June 10: The rising cost of healthcare in the U.S. has prompted various stakeholders to address the problematic trend of inefficiencies in the orthopedic implant market, an area ripe for cost savings as orthopedics accounts for approximately 15% of healthcare costs nationwide. Orthopedic practices pressured to find savings must seek out ways to improve workflow and streamline their practice without sacrificing quality of care or their own financial viability. Rooting out inefficiencies is a key way to do so.
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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

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   [HTW]: Hot Topic Webinar
 

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