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Six Questions Top Surgeons Ask About Stem Cells

Tom Einhorn And Geore Muschler AAOS 2014 /Source: AAOS
Tom Einhorn And Geore Muschler AAOS 2014 /Source: AAOS

“Stem Cells” have been in orthopedic use since before World War II. We just didn’t know they were “stem cells”. In fact, we probably still don’t know what the heck those cells are. Two of the top surgeons / scientists tackled the problems of understanding “Stem Cells” at AAOS and came up with six questions every physician should ask. Here goes, and take notes.

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HSS: Sculco Stepping Down, Albert Stepping Up

Thomas Sculco, M.D. and  Todd Albert, M.D./ Hospital for Special Surgery and The Rothman Institute
Thomas Sculco, M.D. and Todd Albert, M.D./ Hospital for Special Surgery and The Rothman Institute

They are entering a new era at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. For 11 years, it has been the vision and drive of Thomas Sculco, M.D. that has led this outstanding facility to new heights. Now, says Dr. Sculco, it is time for a change. Enter Todd Albert, M.D. of the Rothman Institute.

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Implant Registries Flawed? Murray v. Lewallen

Murray and Lewallen
Murray and Lewallen

“The data proves that registries cannot compare implant designs!” says David Murray. “Going to single surgeon or institutional efforts allow large numbers of patients to be studied very quickly,” says David Lewallen. “What registry studies really do is allow us to ask interesting questions and perhaps direct the next studies.”

Nine Rules for Physicians When Discussing CMS’s New Data Dump

Source:  Photo creation by RRY Publicaitons LLC and logo courtesy of Department of Health and Human Services
Source: Photo creation by RRY Publicaitons LLC and logo courtesy of Department of Health and Human Services

CMS just released the mother lode of payment and billing data to the public. Now lawyers, payers, bookkeepers and reporters can see what CMS claims surgeons did and how much they were paid. But watch out. Here are 15 essential facts every surgeon should know and prepare for.

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Study: Patients, Not Surgeons, Driving Demand for Surgery // President of the NFL Physicians Society Says ACL Injuries NOT on the Rise // and MORE!

Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC
Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC

New Duke Study: patients opt for surgery more often than previously thought. Surprise! ACL injuries in the NFL are not increasing. Great news for physicians and patients, liposomal bupivacaine can get patients to the point of being pain free.