For more than 60 years, AAMC’s Clothes Box consignment store has served our community. The Clothes Box is happy to accept your gently used clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, household items, books, and furniture. You will receive a tax receipt upon request. Located on the first floor of the Sajak Pavilion, donate your items any time the shop is open: Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm; Tuesdays 10am to 4pm; Wednesdays and Fridays 9am to 4pm; and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. For special arrangements or if you have questions, contact Maura Kohlhafer, Clothes Box manager, at 443-481-5071.
News and Updates
The Impact of Payment Reform, Health System Reform, and Technology on Maryland Physicians and Patientsby Medical Staff Office on September 18, 2013
You are invited to join Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Office Administrator Council (OAC) for a special program.
The Impact of Payment Reform, Health System Reform, and Technology on Maryland Physicians and Patients.
Presented by: Gene Ransom, III, CEO of MedChiWhen: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:30am Lunch and Networking 11:45am-12:45pm Lecture Where: AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion 7th Floor, Doordan Institute 2000 Medical Parkway Annapolis, Md. 21401
Whether you own a private practice or an employed physician, you will want to attend and discover how healthcare reform will affect our healthcare landscape. Change is on the horizon. Learn about those changes and what they mean for you and your patients in this free seminar.
After this seminar you will be able to answer:
- What is happening to the Medicare waiver?
- How can you best position yourself in this evolving health care landscape?
- What about bundled payments?
Please preregister at msooac@AAHS.org.
On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). (Please note the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.)
AAMC’s Alec team is preparing Alec to receive the ICD-10 codeset. The database changes go into effect Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Why is this change happening now? The Alec database structure must change to receive the ICD-10 codes while keeping the ICD-9 codes and cross reference the two. Our imported content will contain ICD-10 codes beginning with the October content release.
How will this affect the medical staff? There are several places within Alec where you document a diagnosis: Problem List, Medical History, Visit Diagnosis, Order Entry Diagnosis Association to name a few. Today you can search for a new code by numeric code or by terminology and are presented with a list of choices linked to the correct ICD9 code. Preferred search method moving forward is by terminology thereby guaranteeing you will find the coded diagnosis you are looking for.
Find a tip sheet here.
AAMC is working with our vendor partners to ensure Alec is fully compliant. If your practice does not use Alec, ask your EMR vendor what they are doing to support the ICD-10 transition.
Look for ongoing updates and education over the next several months leading up to the October 1, 2014 go-live. Questions? Contact David Mooradian, MD, chief medical content officer, at dmooradian@AAHS.org.
Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, and Igor Belyansky, MD, will lead a surgical symposium on hernia repair and soft tissue repair techniques on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, in the Doordan Institute and Earl SAIL Center in the Health Sciences Pavilion.
The Department of Surgery welcomes Courtney Doyle, MD, as its 2013 surgical fellow. Under the supervision of Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, Dr. Doyle will work with various AAMC surgeons focusing on minimally invasive surgery, bariatric and weight loss surgery, and digestive health disorders. Dr. Doyle graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006 and completed her surgical residency earlier this year.
From Stephen Cattaneo, MD, medical director of thoracic oncology, DeCesaris Cancer Institute
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation that older, longtime smokers ages 55 to 80 with 30 pack-year smoking history be screened annually for lung cancer by low-dose chest CT scan based on evidence from the National Lung Screening Trial. The final recommendation is expected to be made in the next few months.
From Mitch Schwartz, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Scott Eden, MD, Medical Director, AAMC Community Clinics
For almost 20 years, the Annapolis Outreach Center has served as the community’s “free clinic.” We’re thankful for the many physicians and health professionals who have volunteered their time to the underserved in the community. We’ve learned from this experience both as medical providers and as a health system providing the funding and infrastructure. What started in 1994 with 250 visits grew to in excess of 5,000 medical and specialist visits in FY’12.
The need for care for the uninsured and underserved has also continued to grow. To help, AAMC opened a community clinic on Forest Drive in 2011. In FY’12, the visits numbered almost 7,000.
In FY’14, AAMC will open another community clinic location just blocks away from the Stanton Center at the Morris Blum Senior Apartments off Glenwood Street. Like the Forest Drive location, this new site will be fully wired with electronic medical records and provide primary care medical home (PCMH) services. Funded in part by a Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) grant, the new Morris Blum clinic will also geographically serve the neighborhood in proximity to the Stanton Center (Clay Street).
With the Forest Drive and Morris Blum clinics open, we believe we’ll provide more coordinated care and develop long-term relationships.
What does this mean for the Stanton Center clinic? Several changes are on the horizon. The City of Annapolis has started making necessary repairs to the building. As well, we are working toward phasing out the program where specialists come to the Stanton Center to volunteer. Instead, we’re asking physicians to continue to volunteer by seeing patients within their private practice locations and/or provide phone consultation on a regular basis for clinic providers to ensure appropriate referrals. (This model has worked successfully for a number of specialties already.)
The Stanton Center clinic will continue to operate. The mix of services will include behavioral health, dental and primary care.
The goal is to get as many of the existing Medicaid/Medicare patients as possible to transfer their primary care to the Morris Blum or Forest Drive clinics. The Blum site will be staffed with a full-time physician, case manager and medical assistants.
We appreciate your ongoing feedback as we make these transitions. To volunteer or learn more about the changes, please contact Scott Eden at email@example.com or 410-703-9456.