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A Survivor’s Guide to Bundling

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Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC

Getting into bundled orthopedic services with a commercial insurer is like getting into a swimming contest with a shark. To win in this contest you need to strap on a 2-stroke direct injection Evinrude E-Tec! We’ve got one for you this week in the form of Hoag Orthopedic Institute’s bundle manager, Gabrielle White. Vroom, Vroom!

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

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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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Did Obamacare Fuel Fourth Quarter Knee Sales?

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Image provided by RRY Publications, LLC / Photography courtesy: Andrew Huth

Knee sales rose almost 7% in the fourth quarter. Wall Street analysts wanted to know why and asked physicians–73% of surveyed docs said patient behavior changed during the quarter; 35% attributed the changes in behavior to the “Pull-Forward” theory resulting from concerns about Obamacare. The device chiefs also weighed in. Read it here.

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