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Is a Dash of Varus/Valgus Acceptable? Pagnano v. Whiteside

Pagnano vs Whiteside
Pagnano vs Whiteside

“It’s time to end the tyranny of the tibia,” argues Mark Pagnano. “Let’s consider the femur as the prime driver of function.” “Wait,” says Leo Whiteside. “I suggest that you get ligament balancing and alignment—both in flexion and extension—and don’t settle for anything less.”

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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.”

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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.