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As 2013 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. 7.


7 practical tips for effective supervision
By D. Albert Brannen
From May 21: Experienced managers have increasing difficulty navigating today's alphabet soup of federal employment laws — ADA, ADEA, FMLA, IRCA, OSHA, NLRB, etc. State and local laws further complicate the making of employment decisions. At the risk of oversimplifying things, we prepared this list of seven tips for effective supervision to avoid legal liability in the workplace.
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How to manage an underperforming employee
By Karen Childress
From July 23: No matter how thorough you are when screening and hiring employees, every now and again you're going to end up with someone who doesn't perform up to standard. And occasionally long-term staff members will begin to exhibit poor work habits, become less productive than usual, or lose interest in their work. When you realize you have an underperforming employee, the first thing to consider is the reason behind the behavior. Here are five common causes for poor performance, followed by suggestions on how to handle each one.
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Forensic hiring: Put applicants 'under the microscope'
By Jan Keller
From June 18: Hiring new staff members can be a daunting process, especially as the consequences of making a mistake are costly — in time, money and stress. It doesn't have to be that way. There are ways to put candidates "under the microscope" to make sure you choose the right person every time, and finally put an end to the mystery of the personnel revolving door most practices are familiar with. How? By using an easy four-step process for finding and integrating the right person for the job into your practice.
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The most important employment documents
By D. Albert Brannen
From July 16: Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer's success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts. Employers cannot do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But, experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to improve their position in employment litigation. Most of the time, this shaping of the facts depends on the documentation.
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Top 5 responsibilities physicians and patients have to each other
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
From Aug. 13: If you've ever been in a hospital, you may have noticed placards or posters that talk about the hospital's responsibility to the patient and the patient's responsibilities while at the hospital. Most of these center around treating the patient with respect and privacy and conversely with the patient treating the hospital and its employees with respect.
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10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
By D. Albert Brannen
From Aug. 20: This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Fringe benefit plans: Valuable planning tools you haven't heard of
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
From July 30: As authors of a number of books on financial planning specifically for for orthopaedic surgeons and a speaker at multiple AAOE meetings, we have spoken with many executives at orthopaedic practices across the U.S. Inevitably, we find that AAOE members are challenged with creating more tax, benefit and wealth planning opportunities for their doctors, as reimbursements drop and expenses increase. Fortunately, both qualified retirement plans and fringe benefit plans can help you address these challenges in significant ways. In this article, we will discuss the basics of these two plans.
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Meaningful use incentives get chopped under sequestration
EHR Intelligence
Anyone hoping that the EHR Incentive Program would be spared the axe after sequestration took hold will be disappointed. CMS has officially announced that the two percent reduction in Medicare will extend to meaningful use payments under the program.

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Meaningful use payments to providers near $17 billion
EHRIntelligence.com
During the monthly meeting of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided its latest update for the EHR Incentive Programs whose payouts now number close to $17 billion.

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Hospitals consider paying insurance tab
Healthcare Finance News
As hospitals continue to get squeezed by new Medicare penalties and shrinking reimbursements from private insurers, many are looking for ways to make up for that missing revenue. Some are seeking creative ways to collect on the bad debt incurred from patients unable to pay their bills.

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'S' or 'C' corporation? Maximize tax deductions by using both
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
From July 2: Choosing the form and structure of one's orthopaedic practice is an important decision. Most advisors to orthopaedic practices believe that the avoidance of potential double taxation makes the S Corporation the logical choice. This "conventional wisdom" overlooks the potential benefits a C Corporation can offer. If you want to explore ways to reduce unnecessary taxes without subjecting yourself to double taxation and would like to see how you can do this without having to change any of your insurance provider or Medicare provider numbers, this article is ideal for you.
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Is the healthcare market competitive?
By Mike Wokasch
From Sept. 10: Consumers benefit from competition that provides incentives for continuous product improvements and encourages a higher level of service performance. More importantly, competition can help keep prices in check. Competitive markets exist when consumers have multiple purchasing options and choices with transparent pricing. The healthcare market has constrained competition, providing a platform for mediocre quality of care and unsustainable, rising healthcare costs.
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Who has the answers to reducing healthcare costs?
By Mike Wokasch
From June 4: Not the government, not insurance companies, not hospital administrators. Nope. It's you, the healthcare providers. You see stuff everyday that makes no sense, is costly and takes creative rationalization to justify. You see the 10-page patient self-assessment and medical history filled out on every visit. You probably scratch your head at orders for the laundry list of diagnostic testing or the 15 prescriptions you are filling for the 86-year-old grandmother. How about the inexplicably high prices (and markup) you know the hospital, clinic or pharmacy are charging for the care being providing?
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