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March 17, 2017

It's Your Lucky Day - Next Week's MACRA Webinar Is Now AAPC-Approved!

Lucky you - next week's MACRA webinar has been approved for AAPC CEUs! Join Virginia F. Brooks, MHA, CPHQ, on March 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern for "MACRA Legislation and the Quality Payment Program: What You Need to Know!" This presentation will help you understand how MACRA legislation shifts to a value-based payment system, and it will outline the details of the CMS Quality Payment Program, the two paths to participate, and how it will impact practices. This vital webinar is just $99 for members - or free if you have a webinar subscription! Register for the presentation online, or purchase your 2017 webinar subscription for access to ALL live presentations and recordings for the year.



Members: Book Your Rate before the Block Opens to the General Public

The hotel registration for the AOA-35 Annual Educational Conference is now open! AOA members have exclusive access to the hotel registration link before it is open to the public: Book your hotel room at the Venetian online for the conference rate of just $209 per night. But don't wait - the hotel link will be made available to the general public on Tuesday!



Documenting Employee Performance Issues or Incidents
Properly documenting employee performance issues will save time, energy and money in the long run if you have to let them go, especially if they decide to turn around and sue you. Follow these simple rules:

  • Document performance and conduct conversations on the same day as they take place so they are most accurate.
  • Always include the date, your name/title, employee’s name/title and those of any witnesses.
  • Do not abbreviate, editorialize or characterize in your write up. State facts – what you said, what she or he said. No speculation.
  • End your write up (and your conversation) with the take away: State the action plan you agreed to along with clear expectations you set for your employee.
  • Do not manage your employee through emails - do it face to face.
  • Maintain all employee write ups in the personnel file – not in your drawer or on your computer.
  • Medical documentation is subject to various privacy laws and should be kept separate from disciplinary discussions.


Share Multimedia on the AOA Discussion Forums
Did you know that you can share documents, videos and more on the AOA Discussion Forums? The forums are a great way to interact with members and share ideas. If you have a fun graphic that relates to leadership or want to share a valuable document, visit the AOA Discussion Forums, click into the forum you wish to post in, and then click "New Topic" at the top of the page. You can upload images and files by clicking the "Drop photos here or click to upload" box under where you input text. If you wish to embed a pertinent video from YouTube into your post, click into the text box and choose the "Insert" tab in the editor. Click the blue circle with a white triangle in it - that looks like a "play" button - and paste the URL from a video into there to embed it directly into your post.

While we encourage you to share fun and relevant content with members, please be mindful that no inappropriate or spam materials make their ways into the forums. Thank you, and share away!


Save Some Green on SuperCoder Products
You don't have to go searching for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to hit the jackpot: Save some green on coding resource through AOA's affiliation with SuperCoder. Members receive a discount on several ENT-specific resources on the AOA Store. And through next Friday, members can save 40% off the SuperCoder Part B Answers Handbook! This handy book provides expert insight on Part B payments, MPFS, modifiers, E/M coding and ICD-10, as well as issues in general compliance, HIPAA compliance, and technology and security. Purchase your SuperCoder Part B Answers Handbook at a deep discount by next Friday, and check out the rest of the great SuperCoder products on the AOA Store. You're sure to put a few extra gold coins in your pocket with these great savings!


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 22 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
MACRA Legislation and the Quality Payment Program: What You Need to Know!" presented by Virginia F. Brooks, MHA, CPHQ EARN AAPC CREDITS!

April 12 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Best Practices in Practice Flow & Efficiencies" presented by Larry Brooks, AIA

April 26 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Employment Changes in 2017: What Does the New Administration Mean for Your Office?" presented by Lori Kleiman, SPH

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