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Study: How Orthopedists Can Prevent Lawsuits

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Orthopedic surgeons are the fourth “most sued” doctors. However, according to a survey by The Doctors Company, they don’t need to be. After mining data from 2,100 orthopedic surgeons over seven years, the company released a survey outlining exactly how often orthopedic doctors are sued, why, and steps for minimizing lawsuits. Here are the findings.

“Obamacare is gone. Just gone”

President Trump / HSS Secretary, Tom Price, M.D. / Source: Wikimedia Commons

Health insurers have just weeks to file their 2018 rate and service plans with the states. Trump and his HHS Secretary, Tom Price, M.D., are threatening to cut off funding for seven million low income ACA insured. If that happens, to quote Trump, “Obamacare is gone. Just gone.” It’s crunch time for insurers and the ACA.


Musculoskeletal Research: The Kappa Delta/OREF Awards

(L to R): Scott Wolfe, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, Robin Queen, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Henrik Malchau, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, and Matthew Dobbs, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Congratulations to Drs.,Wolfe, Queen, Dobbs, Malchau and their remarkable research teams for winning this year series of prestigious awards from the Orthopaedic Research and education Foundation. These are among the most sought after awards in orthopedics so it is with great pleasure that we recognize these leading scientists and their work.


Maloney Elected President of AAOS; Shadan Appointed to AdvaMed Board; Enhanced MRI Detects Early Osteoarthritis!

William J. Maloney III, M.D. / Courtesy of AAOS

William J. Maloney III, M.D., the chair of orthopedics at Stanford, is the new president of AAOS. Martha Shadan brings her skills and leadership to the AdvaMed Board of Directors. And new multicenter research is enhancing our ability to detect early changes in articular cartilage after an ACL injury.


Pennsylvania’s Opioid Guidelines Have National Ortho Impact

Receptors in Addiction / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Depra P Davis

Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic prompted the state to update its guidelines. Those have proven to be so well crafted that they are a foundation for national guidance. Among the many constituents who are affected, a perhaps surprising one is the National Football League. Here are those guidelines and how they might impact physicians, patients and athletes.