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Celebrating 50 Years of Evolution, Impact

Thursday, April 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Each month leading up to the AAOE 2019 Annual Conference May 5-8 in Nashville, TN, we will be sharing stories about AAOE in honor of our 50th anniversary. In January and February, we took it all the way back to the beginning and shared the story of Eastern and Western BONES. Last month, we recapped AAOE's move to Indianapolis as a standalone association

The growth and development over the past 50 years is an accomplishment to celebrate. The community created in 1969 has persisted throughout half a century, sustaining its strong roots in peer-to-peer connections. 


In the past couple of years alone, the association has undergone significant growth.


The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives, a 501 (c )(6) organization was created in 2017 to open greater lobbying and advocacy opportunities for members. During this same year, AAOE held its first standalone Capitol Hill Day, where members of the orthopedic community gathered on the Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to advocate on issues impacting the community. Attendees representing 16 states participated in a total of 47 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff.  

AAOE members who were not able to attend joined efforts by sending a total of 494 letters to legislators in support of efforts on the Hill. 


That same year, AAOE began offering staff training programs including the Casting and Splinting Program, and Practice Management 101. In 2018, the CEMA-O credential was created in partnership with the National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS_ to provide an E&M Coding and Auditing credential specifically for orthopedics, and the O-CHCP compliance program was launched in partnership with Healthcare Compliance Pros. These programs allow members to train staff consistently and affordably.  


In today's rapidly evolving healthcare environment, having access to the right data is essential. AAOE’s Data Solutions continue to grow according to these pressing industry needs. 


The development of the AAOE Data Portal has enhanced the Benchmarking Survey experience on a user-friendly online format. The Benchmarking Results are made available in that same portal to allow for the creation of customizable reports using filters such as practice size, region, state, specialty, and others so that users can view the data that is most relevant to their practice – an important feature for using the data in decision-making. 


In 2018, the AAOE Data Warehouse launched. Approved as a 2018 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by CMS, the Data Warehouse provides patient satisfaction, patient-reported outcomes, and quality reporting for orthopedic practice professionals.  


50 years is just the beginning! This is a pivotal moment for AAOE, commemorating the milestones that have led the association to where it is today while looking ahead to a bright future. 


In the short videos below, George D. Trantow, FACHE, CMPE, Chief, Physician Operations at Valley View Hospital, and Jim Kidd, CMPE, CEO of Advanced Bone & Joint, explain in their own words why this anniversary year is so significant (turn on closed captions to watch with the sound off).







Celebrate AAOE's 50th anniversary at the 2019 Annual Conference:

  • Be there for the live showing of the 50th anniversary video
  • Meet AAOE's Past Presidents
  • Be one of the first to receive the anniversary book with advice curated from AAOE members
  • See the 40-foot anniversary mural in person 
  • Be part of the 50th anniversary celebration party!
  • Take a boat ride around Delta Island courtesy of sponsor Modernizing Medicine
  • Pick up a recovery kit on your way out, courtesy of sponsor Blue Ridge X-Ray
  • Receive a wireless phone charger, courtesy of sponsor Exscribe

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