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Jan. 6, 2017


Kick Off the Year with Free Webinars from AOA

The AOA is beginning 2017 by offering two FREE webinars. Check out these topics and more on the AOA webinars page. Join us on Jan. 11 and Feb. 1 - both beginning at 1 p.m. eastern - for the following topics:


Jan. 11 | "Code Sets and Compliance Tools Aimed at Helping ENTs Succeed" presented by Austin Jatwani at The Coding Institute (SuperCoder)

We can expect 2017 to bring challenges for ENTs as reimbursement rates tighten, auditors scour through claims, CPT® introduces new codes, payers require added specificity for ICD-10, and MACRA hustles in a new value-based reimbursement era.

Need expert help? Check out why so many practices trust SuperCoder’s Otolaryngology Coder to take on never-ending coding challenges. Want expert guidance on coding all your day-to-day ENT coding scenarios? Otolaryngology Coding Alert has it all. Want to be sure you’ve got the latest CCI edits, fee schedules, crosswalks, and codes? SuperCoder has what you want! Join our complimentary demo to see how Otolaryngology Coder combines code sets, compliance tools, and a specialty-specific newsletter into one streamlined, customizable online resource designed to help ENT practices succeed. Take advantage of your AOA member discount to get all the tools you need at one low price!


Feb. 2 | "AOA 101" presented by Robin Wagner, COPM

Join the AOA Office for an explanation of member benefits! Make the most of your membership as AOA's Executive Director Robin Wagner, COPM, guides you through the various resources and education offered by AOA.


Check Out the Latest Oto's Scope Online
The newest edition of the Oto's Scope released last month - did you get a chance to check it out? This quarter's theme - "The Winds of Change" - focuses on the seemingly ever-changing healthcare climate. Help prepare for 2017 with articles about HITECH and Meaningful Use audits, building strong patient relationships in audiology, preventing malpractice suits, developing a cellphone use policy in your practice, and more. Read the edition online.

Congratulations to Our Newest Certified Otolaryngology Practice Manager, Kathleen Eddowes, COPM!
Please join the AOA in congratulating Kathleen Eddowes, COPM, on becoming our most recently certified practice manager! Kathleen is the practice manager for the Balance and Hearing Center in Henrico, VA. Earning your Certification in Otolaryngology Practice Management (COPM) is now more attainable than ever with the convenience of computer-based testing. You can also purchase the revamped 2016 AOA Resource Manual as a great study guide and practice resource for the exam. Congratulations again to Kathleen, and thank you for committing yourself to your profession!

Medical Groups on Obamacare Repeal: First, Do No Harm

Source: Associations Now

The American Medical Association and other medical groups are speaking up as the new Congress ponders repealing the Affordable Care Act. Their point? Legislators should plan for a replacement before conducting major surgery. The 115th Congress sees an opportunity to change one of the most contentious laws in the country. But the American Medical Association and other major trade groups want members of Congress to put their heads together and offer improvements to the Affordable Care Act as they look to replace it. In an open letter to congressional leaders, AMA CEO James Madara emphasized to legislators that it was open to changes in the law, but they should not come at the cost of the healthcare coverage of millions of people. Read the full story online.



Steps to Diffuse Team Conflicts
Managers should take quick action to mediate conflict and limit collateral damage, writes John Rampton, an investor, online marketer and founder of the online payment company Due. Rampton offers seven suggestions on how to approach workplace conflicts:

  1. Find the root of the problem.
  2. Establish open communication.
  3. Encourage employees to put the company first.
  4. Propose a possible compromise.
  5. Encourage people to chat outside of the office.
  6. Don't let team members spend too much time together.
  7. As a last resort, switch up the team.


Kick Off 2017 by Updating Your Profile
Has your office moved recently? Did you add new ancillary services in the past year? How many physicians are in your practice? Complete your AOA online profile to let us know your practice demographics! We also encourage you to check off the categories that you have expertise in for our Networking List.

To update your profile, visit the AOA website and log into the system. Click "My Profile" at the very top of the website, and then click "Manage Profile" in the blue box on the right-hand side. From there, you can "Edit Bio" to update your information.

Start 2017 by Saving with Staples Business Advantage AOA
If you purchase from Staples, consider signing up for a Staples Business Advantage account with AOA. The more members that use this program, the more we all save. Your membership will end up paying for itself!
Staples has everything your business needs - including medical office supplies - all in one simple invoice each month. With a minimum order of $50 dollars, you will receive free overnight shipping. Contact the AOA Staples Account Representative Todd Erdlen today to build a program tailored to your practice’s needs. Todd can also be contacted on his office phone at (412) 505-1647 or his cell at (724) 272-3165. Don’t forget to mention that you are with AOA, as this deal is exclusive to members only!


Educate yourself and your office with AOA webinars. Learn about several upcoming titles below. Visit the AOA Webinars page to register. Secure your education for 2017 with the 2017 AOA webinar subscription for the low member rate of just $349.

Jan. 11 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Code Sets and Compliance Tools Aimed at Helping ENTs Succeed" presented by Austin Jatwani COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR Courtesy of SuperCoder
Jan. 25 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Fundamentals of CPT Coding in Audiology" presented by Kim Cavitt, Au.D.
Feb. 1 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
AOA 101" presented by Robin Wagner, COPM COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR!
Feb. 15 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Audiology Pricing Strategies" presented by Kim Cavitt, Au.D.

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