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Medicare Drops Bundle Bomb

Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC.
Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC.

After years of warning that bundled payments were coming, CMS proposed a mandatory bundled payment program for 750 hospitals performing hip and knee replacements. This is what Pay-for-Performance looks like. What does it mean for providers and device makers? We found out.

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Hip Replacements: Safest Hospitals, Safest Doctors, Ranked

Surgeon Scorecard / Source: ProPublica.org
Surgeon Scorecard / Source: ProPublica.org

All that new data from CMS about hospitals and surgeons is finding its way out. The most recent window into this data comes courtesy of ProPublica, an independent, non-profit public interest newsroom. It lists and ranks hospitals and surgeons according to complication rates. Here’s what we found for hip replacement surgery, along with some caveats.

Three Sports Med News Items: NEW Guidelines for Spine-Injured Athletes // New Study Data on Athlete Surgery Risk // and More!

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Johntex
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Johntex

Do YOU know what to do with an athlete (in full gear) if a spine injury is suspected? Updated guidelines are here. Two New Studies of Note: New research indicates that athletes who undergo surgery before college more likely to have future surgeries. And female and male runners have different risk factors for low BMD.

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Cement That Shoulder? John W. Sperling and William H Seitz, Jr. Debate

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In the Crossfire this week is a very sticky topic—cementing that shoulder replacement. Says John W. Sperling “If we look over all the literature one can see that cement fixation is frankly not necessary.” Not so fast says William H. Seitz, Jr., “Cement has become the gold standard and there are new designs and new techniques and we also have new techniques for cementing as well.” It’s a lively and informative debate, for sure.

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Golfers Play Better After Spine Fusion // Arthroscopy Safe, Effective for MDI of the Shoulder // and More!

Golfer Adrien Saddier / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Philippe Guérindon
Golfer Adrien Saddier / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Philippe Guérindon

New Study: 80% of golfers returned to pre-surgery handicap…or IMPROVED their handicap. New research from The Steadman Clinic finds evidence that those with multidirectional shoulder instability can safely be treated under arthroscopy. ISSG – an emerging leader in spine research.

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