Need help running your practice?

By Marty Krawczyk

Let your fingers do the “walking” through the online PMC

Busy orthopaedic surgeons and practice executives need access to practice management resources at their fingertips. Whether you are in academic medicine or private practice, whether you are just starting out or ready to slow down, the resources available in the AAOS online Practice Management Center (PMC) can help you find answers.

For example, are you interested in knowing what issues to address before hiring physician extenders? Do you question whether you have the “right” number of personnel for your practice? Are you looking to hire a consulting firm or architects to help you decide if now is the right time to remodel or move your office? Or maybe you just want to know how you can increase receivables and other strategies for increasing the bottom line. You will find answers and additional resources at

Know where to look

The Practice Management Web site is divided into several sections. It’s easy to find the information you need once you know where to look. The initial links are in the left navigation bar.

Private Practice Operations. “Information and Resources” includes articles, checklists, and references to assist you in the day-to-day management of your private or group practice. Learn strategies that can optimize revenue, as well as ways to increase efficiency and manage expenses through technology, human resources management, and good governance. If you need a consultant, refer to the new Practice Management reSOURCE Directory at

Academic Practice Operations. Geared specifically to orthopaedic surgeons in an academic practice, this section includes articles, monographs, and summaries of surveys of academic orthopaedists.

News Dispatches. This section is updated monthly with selected abstracts of practice management–related articles from a range of business, medical, professional, and technical sources.

CPT/ICD-9 Coding Counsel. This section includes important information to ensure that you are being paid correctly for the work performed.

Compliance. This section provides information and guidance with respect to federal fraud and abuse legislation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, and the new identity theft “red flag” regulations and guidance.

Advice Center. AAOS Members can submit questions on practice management and receive responses from an advisory panel of American Association of Orthopaedic Executives members and/or the AAOS practice management group.

Practice Transitions. Whether you are transitioning from graduate med­ical training to practice, or from par­tial to full retirement, this section con­tains an array of articles, onographs, evaluation forms, and references to assist you in making transitions.

Other practice resources

The online Practice Management Cen­ter and the AAOS Web site also in­clude a number of additional practice resources. For example, did you know that you could:

  • build a personal or group practice Web site at no cost?
  • learn how to purchase practice-related supplies at discount pricing through the AAOS Group Purchasing Program (powered by eSurg)?
  • participate in the numerous private blogs on topics such as electronic medical records (EMR) and other technologies?
  • purchase digital media products such as Orthopaedic Code X 2009, as well as the Practice Management Consults audio programs (in MP3 and CD formats), presented by consultants on a variety of topics such as income distribution and managing payor agreements?

Learn more today

Be sure to stop by the Practice Management Booth in Academy Row, on Level 2, Hall D. Pick up a free copy of the newest publication by the Practice Management Committee, Human Resources Management: A Primer for Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons. Staff and members of the Practice Management Committee will be available to answer your questions and take you on a virtual tour of all the practice management resources available on the AAOS Web site.

Marty Krawczyk is a practice management coordinator in the AAOS practice management group. She can be reached at