February 1998 AAOS Report

New Health Policy Update online

A new Health Policy Update, "The Use and Misuse of Milliman and Robertson Guidelines," is available on the home page at http://www.aaos.org in the "What's New This Week" section and fax-on-demand system, (800) 999-2939, document #9011. Some orthopaedic surgeons have been alarmed by the stringent length of stay targets in the guidelines and the use by health plans of the guidelines as standards for all patients. The update details orthopaedists' concerns; Milliman and Robertson's intent for their guidelines; and provides some general tips to orthopaedists on how to deal with practice guidelines adopted by health plans, hospitals and networks.

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