NEWS & ASSOCIATION UPDATES
Still Time to Contact Your Senator Opposing Medicare Physician Pay Cuts
The U.S. Senate is projected to vote on the recent FY 2018 "stop gap" funding bill late today or tomorrow.Last night, the House of Representatives passed legislation 245-182 that would fund most federal agencies through March 23 and the Pentagon for a full fiscal year. There is still time to contact your Senators to voice your opposition to physician Medicare pay cuts. You must act now! Contact the Capitol Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121. If you need to determine your legislator, find your senator online.Once you are connected to your senator’s office, tell them you are a constituent and leave your name, phone number, and address, along with one of the following messages:
“As an otolaryngology (or ENT) practice administrator and a constituent, I strongly urge you to OPPOSE any cuts to Medicare physician payments in the FY 2018 “stop gap” funding bill. The proposed legislation includes an offset that would trigger a flawed policy related to so-called mis-valued codes. The result could cause Medicare physician payment rates to drop to levels below the 2015 rate and undermine MIPS reporting efforts. I urge Congress to reject these Medicare cuts and continue to support physicians’ efforts to transition Medicare to a system that is focused on quality and value.”
“As an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon (or ENT physician) and a constituent, I strongly urge you to OPPOSE any cuts to Medicare physician payments in the FY 2018 “stop gap” funding bill. The proposed legislation includes an offset that would trigger a flawed policy related to so-called mis-valued codes. The result could cause Medicare physician payment rates to drop to levels below the 2015 rate and undermine MIPS reporting efforts. I urge Congress to reject these Medicare cuts and continue to support physicians’ efforts to transition Medicare to a system that is focused on quality and value.”
Thank you in advance for supporting these advocacy efforts.
Connect with Patients - When and Where It Matters Most
Join the AOA webinar today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern to learn how to automate your office! Automating your practice encourages patients to remain accountable for their health while reducing your staff’s administrative grunt work. You can also increase client retention, optimize your operations, and ensure that your patients are receiving the best patient experience. Find out more and register now.
Defend Against the Data Breach: 2018 Healthcare Data Security Checklist for Healthcare Organizations
Source: RR Donnelley
Even though we're a month into the New Year, there is never a bad time to check up on your security to avoid a data breach. Every year, numerous healthcare organizations find their names added to a list no one wants to join — those who’ve experienced an information-security breach. In 2017, a midyear report from Protenus showed data breaches were outpacing 2016’s numbers, occurring at a rate of more than one a day. While the business sector led in terms of total data breaches (54.7%), according to Cyberscout the healthcare sector followed at nearly 30% of total data breaches in the U.S. in the first half of 2017. Read the suggested steps to prevent a breach on RR Donnelley's blog.
EXECUTIVE PARTNER HIGHLIGHT
The AOA depends on its Executive Partners for education and resources. Learn about one of our partners - Oticon, Inc. - and what partnership means to them in this week's Executive Partner Highlight.
The Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) plays a critical role in fostering excellence in professional achievement, leadership in practice management, and information to enhance the quality of otolaryngology practice. That’s why Oticon is proud to join with AOA and its members as an Executive Partner committed to empowering people to hear better and enjoy the sounds of life surrounding them.
As one of the most innovative hearing device manufacturers, Oticon brings more than 110 years of experience putting the needs of people with hearing loss first. Oticon has spearheaded a number of technical breakthroughs that have made a significant difference for people with hearing loss. Oticon’s BrainHearing™ recognizes speech understanding and comprehension as cognitive processes that occur in the brain. Our innovative BrainHearing™ technology is helping provide better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the most acoustically accurate representation of sound signals.
Oticon designs and manufactures hearing solutionsfor adults and specialized pediatric instruments and is the only hearing solutions manufacturer with its own psychoacoustic research center, ensuring that the needs of hearing device users are always put first when developing new solutions. People First is our strongest and most valued commitment to empower people to communicate, interact and participate fully in life. For more information visit Oticon.com.
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 Beth Blackwell belong to the AOA?
"I enjoy the discussion and resources!"
Show Your New Hire Employees that Being Organized Is Important, Right From Day One
The first day a new hire is on site is important. Now that he or she is officially part of your crew, you want them to see a well-run office right from the start. Use a new hire checklist to ensure YOU are prepared for THEM. It can include whatever it takes to get the new hire set up to function in your office, such as a list of all software requiring a login with assigned name and passwords, and cypher codes for your entry doors. It can also include a checklist of things the new employee needs to do in the first however many days, such as complete HIPAA training, complete OSHA training, obtain Hep B titer, sign up for CPR, review and sign the acknowledgement form for your employee handbook, etc. You give the employee the list and keep a copy to monitor progress. It shows that you are serious about staying organized right out of the gate and sets the tone for their employment.
Go for the Gold: Increase Your Referrals with The Link Hearing Campaign
Bring home a medal in your practice by saving on AOA's referral hearing campaign, The Link. You might have missed the cutoff to compete in PyeongChang, but you can score by saving 20% on this campaign kit through next Friday. Feb. 16. This AOA-supported program increases awareness of the link between co-morbid conditions impacting hearing, thus helping to drive a consistent flow of referrals from primary care physicians. Learn more on The Link webpage, and purchase yours today. Use promo code TEAMUSA at checkout to receive a discount 20% on the campaign.
Educate yourself and your office with AOA webinars. Learn about several upcoming titles below, and visit the AOA Webinars page to register. Secure your education for 2018 with the 2018 AOA webinar subscription for the low member rate of just $349. Double your education by purchasing the 2017/2018 subscriptions for just $599.
Feb. 7 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Technology to Increase Revenue & Decrease Workload" presented by Catherine D. Sampels
Feb. 14 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Get Certified: AOA COPM" presented by the AOA COPM Advisory Board FREE WEBINAR!
Feb. 21 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Practice Flow - Where There's an Obstacle, There's a Solution" presented by Larry Brooks, AIA
March 14 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "CPT Bootcamp: Audiology Coding Updates and Issues" presented by Kim Cavitt, AuD
March 28 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Coding Compliance and Ethics" presented by Debbie Abel, AuD