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Feb. 24, 2017


Got 5 Minutes? AOA Needs Your Help in 2 Quick Surveys

The AOA needs member input for two surveys! These quick questionnaires regard two issues at the forefront of many practices: Meaningful Use attestation and Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIAs). Both surveys combined should take less than five minutes to complete. Please complete them below, and look in future editions of the AOA Now for survey results. Thank you!


Clinical Practice Improvement Activities - complete this survey to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card!

Attesting for Meaningful Use in 2016 - only three questions!

CMS Awards Approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program
On Feb. 17, CMS awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices with 15 or fewer clinicians. These local, experienced, community-based organizations will provide hands-on training to help thousands of small practices, especially those that practice in historically under-resourced areas, including rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas. The training and education resources will be available immediately, nationwide, and will be provided at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices. CMS also launched a new telephone helpline for clinicians seeking assistance with the Quality Payment Program at 866-288-8292 or

For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program website. See the full text of this excerpted press release (issued Feb. 17), including organizations that were awarded contracts.


Why Is IoT Security So Critical to Healthcare?

Source: Healthcare IT News
The Internet of Things (IoT) is composed of countless online connections. And while these connected IoT devices promise so many exciting benefits, the “brave new world” of IoT can also result in new vulnerabilities for cyberattackers to compromise an organization’s infrastructure. And nowhere are these security concerns more critical than in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.


At first glance, this might seem like a no-brainer. In today’s day and age, you would think every healthcare organization would have some sort of security infrastructure in place for their IoT solutions. But even though most have strong IT security measures in place when it comes to information systems, traditional cybersecurity doesn’t always “walk the walk” when it comes to the IoT. Read the full story on Healthcare IT News' website.


15 Things to Know about Stark Law

Source: Becker's Hospital Review

Enacted more than two decades ago with the simple purpose of curbing physician self-referral, Stark Law has evolved into a complex set of regulations, which some argue impede efforts to transition away from a fee-for-service system. Read about the 15 things to know about Stark Law.



Too Much Email? Automate with Outlook Rules
Are you being buried every day with email? Do you get emails that you always forward to the same staff member? Do you get lots of emails from a discussion forum or Listserv and like to read them at one sitting? These tasks and many more can be automated using Microsoft Outlook Rules.

By exploring the Outlook Help - or by doing a quick Google search on “Manage Rules” for your version of Outlook - you’ll discover how easy it is to set up automatic rules. You can set up rules based on the sender’s email address, subject line, or other relevant criteria. You can then automatically copy or forward to another person or group, move or copy to an Outlook folder for later review, and even discard the original to your Deleted Folders. The options are terrific! Using Outlook rules will dramatically cut down on the time you spend reviewing and handling email. Try it today!


Get Ready for March Madness: Submit Your COPM or COPM-C Application in March to Receive FREE Study Notes
This March, the COPM and Education Committees are going a bit mad: We're offering a FREE copy of the COPM Study Notes resource to anyone who submits a COPM or COPM-C application! This $25 value is a collection of FAQs, tips and resources in one compilation in order to help you study for the exam. If you plan to earn your COPM or COPM-C in 2017, why not apply in March and pay yourself back with a free study resource? This is a slam dunk of a deal! Learn more about the COPM or COPM-C, and submit your application by March 31 for a free copy of the COPM Study Notes.


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.

March 1 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Lumps and Bumps - Common Coding Errors" presented by Jacqueline Thelian, CPC, CPC-I, CHCA
March 8 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Best Practices in Engaging Your Team" presented by Owen Dahl, MBA, FACHE, LSSMBB
March 22 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
MACRA Legislation and the Quality Payment Program: What You Need to Know!" presented by Virginia F. Brooks, MHA, CPHQ
April 26 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Employment Changes in 2017: What Does the New Administration Mean for Your Office?" presented by Lori Kleiman, SPHR

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