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CMS Takes a Second Look at HA Knee Injections

Knee Injection / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Harry Gouvas
Knee Injection / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Harry Gouvas

CMS has decided to take a second look at HA knee injections. Furthermore, CMS’ sister agency, AHRQ, released a study that says evidence is lacking that intra-articular HA knee injections delay knee replacement surgery; improve function or quality of life. CMS wants public comment. These are ominous signs. Could CMS change HA national coverage policy? Read on.

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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.

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A Survivor’s Guide to Bundling

Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC
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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