2018 Data Year Changes to Survey

Find out what's been changed from the 2017 data year survey to the 2018 data year.

The AAOE Benchmarking Survey for the data year 2018 has undergone several changes from previous iterations of the Benchmarking Survey. Our focus this year has been bringing a more streamlined experience to participants and collecting the data that is most relevant to their practices.

This year, the survey:

  • Imports answers for select questions from prior year surveys: As you are filling out the survey, review these imported fields to ensure they are still accurate and make edits as needed.
  • Gives you two options for completion: We’ve included a standard mode which allows you to report data on all ancillaries and associated revenue and expenses for those ancillaries and an express mode which will only collect data on core orthopaedic metrics. Our preference is that you provide as much information as possible, but we realize that not every practice will have the data requested of them.
  • Permits users to select which sections to fill out: Practice doesn’t offer ancillary services such as PT/OT, DME, or advanced imaging? No problem! Simply unselect the boxes that do not apply to your practice at the beginning of the survey and the survey will skip questions that pertain to those topics. This option only works in Standard Mode.
  • Asks about physician call data: We’re collecting data on the type of call duty your physicians cover, annual call payments, weekday call payments, weekend day call payments, the amount the group receives for on call coverage, and the unit used for paying for on-call coverage.
    • This data will be used to create benchmarking dashboards for the 2018 data year.
  • Streamlines our questions on ancillaries: We’ve brought the grid to the ancillary services page to make it easier to fill out! In addition to asking about X-Rays, MRIs, and DME, we’ve added options to report data on DXA (bone density scans), off-the-shelf orthotics, custom fit orthotics, and prosthetics.
  • Asks about physician end of career data: We’ve always asked about physician retirement but this year we’re asking more! These questions will help us create benchmarking dashboards on the policies practices have for retiring physicians.
  • Improvements in Income Statement Summary: We’ve made it easier for you to view your data across sections to verify that the information we collect is accurate and complete.