(NEJM, Sept 19) In summary, both colonscopy and fecal occult-blood testing are effective for colorectal-cancer screening, and these new studies support current screening guidelines. Click here to read full-text
Medical Staff Updates
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.
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.
This Jama Internal Medicine “viewpoint (July 22nd) delves into three scenarios in “Choosing Wisely” recommendations as to what constitutes “overuse”: “do not repeat colorectal cancer screening for 10 years after a high quality colonoscopy is negative in average risk indificuals; “don’t use DEXA screening for osteoporosis in women youger than 65 or men younger than 70 with no risk factors”; and “dont init. The article suggests three concepts to aid in decision making: benefit-harm tradeoff; benefit-cost tradeoff; and consideration of patient preference. Click here to read full-text.
On July 20, Othropaedic and Sports Medicine Center completed nearly 120 sports physicals during an event designed to prepare local high school athletes for the upcoming school year. The day included physical examinations, concussion baseline testing by AAMC Outpatient Rehabilitation, and functional screenings which help determine a patients, range of motion and muscle strength and overall flexibility. Thanks to the following Medical Staff members who participated: Pat Czapp, MD; Deon Edgerson-George, MD; Gillian Lowe, MD; Stephanie Martin, MD; Sarah Jamieson, MD; Marc F. Brassard, MD; Jeffrey Gelfand, MD; Cyrus J. Lashgari, MD; James H. MacDonald, MD; Chad M. Patton, MD; and Daniel E. Redziniak, MD.