The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) is an organization of practice managers and administrators for orthopaedic surgeons and their affiliated services. Today’s members include independent physicians, group practices that went to one or a few hospitals to provide patient care, large multispecialty practices, and practices owned or service lines managed by health systems or hospitals.
The adept practice administrator requires the latest in knowledge and skills. Simply keeping up with regulatory and compliance developments can seem like a full-time job.
The AAOE advantage
Luckily, AAOE has also evolved, with practice administrators for all types of practice models willing to share information. AAOE tools and resources can help mitigate risks and maximize benefits in today’s fluid healthcare market. For example, AAOE members can take advantage of the following resources, professional development, and networking opportunities:
- AAOE Annual Benchmarking Survey, the premier industry survey for orthopaedics, which enables apples-to-apples comparisons for all sizes and types of practices along with instruction on how to fine tune data analysis
- AAOE Live Learning Center, with 24/7 access to webinars and conference content
- AAOE Library, an online source of useful and customizable documents, forms, and templates
- Legislative Action Center, providing timely information and tools to foster involvement
- Free webinars on relevant topics with no limit on participants
- AAOE e-Newsletter, a weekly e-news brief
- The OrthoActivist, a monthly legislative and regulatory update covering both state and federal issues that affect orthopaedics
- Coffee Talk from the Hill, a weekly Washington, D.C., update
- AAOE annual reports, information on the association’s financial health, councils, and committees
- AAOS Headline News Now, a thrice-weekly news update
- ORTHOEd, a peer-reviewed certificate program
- Education toolkits, with links to articles, podcasts, websites, videos, and webinars that support best practices
- Career center, an online resource whether you are seeking a position or the perfect practice executive
- AAOE listserv, providing real-time text interaction with peers for questions, thoughts, opinions, resources, tools, forms, and more
- AAOE Leaders in Practice Success (ALPS) program, a mentoring program focused on the skills necessary to successfully conduct the day-to-day management of an orthopaedic practice
- AAOE Annual Conference, the only national conference dedicated to orthopaedic practice management professionals
With more than 70 educational sessions and multiple networking opportunities, the annual AAOE conference is a must-attend event that provides new strategies, professional connections, and the knowledge base to move a practice forward. Sessions include resources on how to successfully manage an orthopaedic practice of any size
As a member of the membership council, I see the increasing diversity of AAOE applicants. This diversity makes the organization valuable to all orthopaedic practice administrators. AAOE members include experts on billing, hospital operations, marketing, human resources, accounting, government relations, insurance negotiations, patient satisfaction, and all walks of orthopaedic practice life.
A top benefit is the online presence and community that is built through a vibrant email listserv. As long as I have been active on the listserv, I have never seen a question go unanswered or unsupported.
Make your practice a part of AAOE
No matter what type of practice you have, I encourage you to look into what the AAOE can do for your practice and your practice administrator.
Marian Lucas McCann, is the perioperative director at Long Beach Memorial Hospital & Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, in Long Beach, Calif., and a member of the AAOE membership council.