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Pay-for-Performance Jury Still Out

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

Insurers and Medicare are rushing into “Pay-for-Performance” at breakneck speed. Paying for outcomes is supposed to save money and improve patient care. Physicians don’t believe it. They want to see evidence that patients are benefiting. What is the evidence? We take a look.

AOSSM: New President, New Building and Renewed Commitment to Innovation // New Rothman Institute President, Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Talks Major Expansion // and More!

Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Robert Arciero, M.D. / Courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

AOSSM’s new president, Robert Arciero, M.D., leading society into new building and future of innovation. Alex Vaccaro, M.D., Rothman Institutes’ new Prez, talks expansion and quality with OTW. Constance Chu, M.D.’s new form of MRI reveals “bruised cartilage.”

First Time Ever! Clear Quantification of Gender Running Differences

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Source: Wikimedia commons and Adamsandle

Hard to believe, but no one had ever figured out a study to quantify the gender differences among runners. Sports medicine doctors have noticed 20% more injuries among women runners than men. But where’s the data to explain such huge differences? University of Freiburg to the rescue. In a clever, high-tech study the researchers came up with solid answers. Here you go.

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Franchising Orthopedics-on-Demand

Courtesy of OrthoNow
Courtesy of OrthoNow

Urgent care centers are a thriving $14.5 billion industry. But dedicated orthopedic centers are just a fraction of that market. From Tria Orthopaedics in Minnesota to Alejandro Badia, M.D.’s OrthoNOW franchise model in Miami, ortho surgeons are finding another way to capture the patient and remain independent from hospitals. Read what we found.

Acid Test of NASS’ Clinical Guidelines in Boston // 100% Diagnosis of PJI Available // and More!

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Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC/Jade and Morguefile

Will payers or physicians comply with NASS’ clinical guidelines? Acid test underway in Boston. New biomarker diagnosis periprosthetic joint infection 100% of the time—the Rothman Institute. Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D. talks about his success with outpatient knee and hip surgery.

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The Social Media Advantage for Post Market Device Performance Data – Part II

Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer
Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer

The current adverse event reporting system clearly has its flaws. Can social media make a difference? This week, in Part II, our guest authors take a deeper dive into the pros and cons of the MAUDE, MedWatch and social media data bases as a source of information. And have specific recommendations.

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Parvizi, Sculco Debate Simultaneous Bilateral TKA

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

A bilateral TKA procedure triggers higher rates of post-operative complications, says Javad Parvizi, M.D., F.R.C.S. and specifically cites rates of cardiac complications and pulmonary embolus. Actually, these procedures are safe, says Thomas Sculco, M.D. particularly as “We move towards improved patient selection, better anesthetic techniques, better perioperative care, and faster surgery.” Who wins this debate? Read on.

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