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AOA NOW: October 15, 2017
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Friday, Oct. 13

Purchase the New 2017 Benchmarking Survey
Help to pinpoint and rethink some of your practice's potential weak spots with the AOA 2017 Benchmarking Survey. Created in conjunction with the AAO-HNS, the survey reports practice and individual provider productivity and profitability data for ENT medical practices across the country.

The Benchmarking Survey is delivered electronically to your inbox as a digital file. Once you place your order, you will receive two emails - one confirming your purchase (receipt) and one containing your "downloadable items." Order the 2017 Benchmarking Survey on the AOA website.


Crack the Code with a Webinar Recording from Debbie Abel

Stilllooking to crack the code on audiology? Debbie Abel from Audigy Medical reviews the comprehensive audiologist codes in this informative coding webinar. Purchase the recording for the discounted member price of just $49.

Help advance your practice with modern tools that Debbie uses herself! Try these free apps to improve your coding. Search for the following apps in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.
dr ICD-10 (developer: drchrono)
ICD10 Consult 2017 (developer: Evan Schoenberg)

Physician Quality Reporting System
Source: Reed Tinsley, CPA
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon begin distributing letters to Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) individual eligible professionals (EPs), EPs providing services at a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) billing under method II, and group practices regarding the 2018 PQRS downward payment adjustment. The letter indicates that the recipient did not satisfactorily report 2016 PQRS quality measures in order to avoid the 2018 PQRS downward payment adjustment and, therefore, all of their 2018 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) payments will be subject to a 2.0% reduction. Read more about the physician quality reporting system on the Reed Tinsley website.


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 Amy Chauffe Belong to the AOA?

"To learn more about Otolaryngology from the subject matter experts and the people like me who do the work."


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Everyone loves to have photos of themselves during events they want to remember. Start a company memory board! Encourage members of your staff to take photos of your pot lucks, your company outings, a special dress up day (are you all wearing jerseys of your favorite sports team? Everybody in pink for cancer month?), birthdays, company anniversaries, or anything else that strikes as memorable. Maybe take pictures of each new employee on their first day in a group with their coworkers. Post pictures on your bulletin board and give each person in the picture a copy of their own. It creates a lasting memory of your practice and gives you a ton of ideas if/when a person leaves such as for retirement. Pass around the camera responsibilities so everyone can take part. Every little thing you do can keep your employees engaged in their home away from home (your practice!).


Simplify Your Staff Training with AOA University

Don't make training employees complicated - use AOA-U self-learning modules to easily educate your staff! AOA-U provides modules you can use to train new employees or to provide a refresher for your current employees. The newest module - Basic ENT Coding - covers the basics of identifying ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS codes for commonly performed ENT procedures, executing proper use of codes and modifiers, coding rules and protocols, and ensuring proper documentation and clean claims. Choose from 20 titles on a variety of topics related to ENT. Check out the AOA-U modules to simplify your current training program.


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.

Oct. 25 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern |
"Itemizing Hearing Aid Services, Third-Party Payers (Audigy Webinar Series, Part III)" presented by Debbie Abel AAPC APPROVED!!!

Nov. 15 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Sinus Issues are a Pain but Coding and Billing Don't Have to Be" presented by Alicia Brosius

Nov. 29 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Coding Updates for 2018" presented by Teresa Thompson, CPC, CMSCS, CCC

Dec. 6 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Take This Job and...Love It: How to Turn Your Job into the One You Want" presented by Lee Silber

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