NEWS & ASSOCIATION UPDATES
Important AOA Membership Changes
Have two or more AOA members from your practice? Save money and sign up under AOA's new Group Membership!Group membership is an excellent way for two or more leaders from the same practice to receive the benefits of AOA membership at a reduced cost. Now is the time to take advantage of this discounted pricing and add a new member from your practice!Professional 2 and Associate membership levels will be discontinued.Coder memberships will still exist but will not count toward the group membership pricing.If you received a membership renewal reminder in the mail, you are still eligible to participate in the group membership option. ContactAllison McIntoshfor group pricing and details.
CMS Wants Docs to Spend More Time on Patients, Less on Paperwork
Source: Modern Healthcare
The CMS launched an initiative last week to help it determine what provider regulations it should junk or revamp, citing growing concerns that its regulations are reducing the time providers spend with patients. As part of the Patient over Paperwork initiative, CMS officials will travel the country to gather information on the impact their regulations have on physicians. Those conversations have been taking place informally for weeks. The outreach effort comes at a time that primary-care physicians are spending 27% of their time on clinical activities and 49% on administrative activities, according to a 2016 Annals of Internal Medicine study. The CMS now releases around 58 rules, or 11,000 pages of regulation, each year. Read the full story on Modern Healthcare's website.
The AOA is Calling for State Representatives!
The AOA Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to promote AOA membership in their individual states.Volunteering as a State Rep is a great opportunity to network with other ENT administrators and physicians around your state, while promoting the benefits of AOA membership!As a State Rep, volunteeringwill notinterfere with your already hectic schedule. Plan on spending around an hour a week contacting fellow ENT colleagues and practices, and we provide you all of the information you will need! To become a State Rep, fill out the form on the AOA website, or contact Allison McIntosh.
WHY I BELONG TO AOA
Our members are AOA’s biggest asset! This periodic feature will showcase our dedicated members from across the country and why they continue to be a part of the only association dedicated to the unique specialty of otolaryngology practice management.
Why Does Jeremiah Brew Belong to AOA?
"I belong to AOA to better myself to make my practice better; to be better for our patients."
Out of the Office? So Who’s in Charge Now?
When you are out of the office, you just KNOW that something is going to come up that you normally would have handled. To keep your staff on track, send out a memo, email or notice prior to being gone that says when you’ll be gone, how to contact you if they need to or that you won’t be reachable at all, and who is filling in while you’re out. That way, no matter what comes up, your staff will know what to do and not get frustrated that you finally decide to take a day off.
Get Engaged with EngagemENT LIVE Today
EngagemENT LIVE brings text surveys straightto your phone that you can quickly complete. Survey questions will be texted to participants each Monday and the results will be posted on the AOA website. Participants will also receive a text notifying them when the results are in.Text "engagement" to 77453 to opt in.The system will prompt you to enter your full name and then email address, and you're all set to begin receiving messages! Please note that engagemENT LIVE is open to all ENT healthcare professionals; it is not necessary to be an AOA member.
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.
Nov. 15 @ 1:00 p.m. | "Sinus Issues are a Pain but Coding and Billing Don't Have to Be" presented by Alicia Brosius AAPC APPROVED!!!
Nov. 29 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Coding Updates for 2018" presented by Teresa Thompson, CPC, CMSCS, CCC AAPC APPROVED!!!
Dec. 6 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Take This Job and...Love It: How to Turn Your Job into the One You Want in 2018" presented by Lee Silber