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Images courtesy: AAOS and Wikimedia Commons
Images courtesy: AAOS and Wikimedia Commons

AAOS Guidelines Fodder for HA Reimbursement Cuts

Effective April 1, 2015, Florida Blue HMO (Blue Cross Blue Shield) is no longer paying for intra-articular injections of hyaluronan drugs—specifically Hyalgan or Supartz, Euflexxa, Orthovisc, Synvisc or Synvisc-One or Gel-One. What’s going on? We have some answers.

Dunbar, Haddad Debate Femoral Neck Modularity in Primary THA

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Femoral neck modularity lacks proof of superiority, increases the risk of corrosion and fracture, and makes everyone’s life miserable,” argues Mike Dunbar. “Let’s not overreact,” cautions Fares Haddad. “We need to learn from modular implant failures and then move forward and still be able to use modularity for patients in the future.”

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Murphy, Rodriguez Debate Superior Capsulotomy

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“With superior capsulotomy there is no fluoro or X-ray required, there is more accurate component placement, and it’s extensile,” argues Stephen Murphy. “And there is a 23% lower cost over 90 days.” Jose Rodriguez counters, “The major reason why this hasn’t spread is that you have to buy into navigation. Then there is technical ability; it’s a very different technique. It’s quirky, and you lose tactile feedback.”

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AAOS Award Winning Paper Presented Stunning Conclusion

Radiographs of experimentally created mouse tibial plateau fracture (left) and clinically observed human tibial plateau fracture (right). Reprinted with permission from Furman BD, Strand J, Hembree WC, Ward BD, Guilak F, Olson SA: Joint degeneration following closed intraarticular fracture in the mouse knee: A model of posttraumatic arthritis. J Orthop Res 2007;25:578–592
Radiographs of experimentally created mouse tibial plateau fracture (left) and clinically observed human tibial plateau fracture (right). Reprinted with permission from Furman BD, Strand J, Hembree WC, Ward BD, Guilak F, Olson SA: Joint degeneration following closed intraarticular fracture in the mouse knee: A model of posttraumatic arthritis. J Orthop Res 2007;25:578–592

This year’s $20,000 Kappa Delta Sorority Award winning paper looked at the problem of post-traumatic arthritis of the knee in a new and novel way and may well have uncovered a remarkable new therapy or approach to preventing arthritis in knee trauma cases.