Friday, March 24, 2006

News highlights
Incoming AAOS President's focus: Unity, communication

An interview with Richard F. Kyle, MD, who will be inducted as AAOS 2006-2007 President today.

Ethics should guide physician, industry interactions
Part II in this series reviews the AdvaMed Cod of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

DMLR receives broad national support for reform of medical liability system
See Section B for complete information on efforts by Doctors for Medical Liability Reform to generate grassroots support for campaign

Section A
Incoming AAOS President's focus: Unity, communication

An interview with Richard F. Kyle, MD, who will be inducted as AAOS 2006-2007 President today.

Kelly advises new fellows: Listen, learn, live
Communications Cabinet Chair Frank B. Kelly, MD, has good advice for the 2006 fellowship class.

Orthopaedic residents doing fewer procedures
Changes in work rules means residents aren't getting as many operating experiences during the year.

Hip treatments in young, active adults detailed
Media briefing session explores options for Baby Boomers who want to stay active.

Obesity increases length of stay, complication rates and need for skilled nursing care after THR
Even moderate obesity can mean longer stays, more pain and greater risk for complications after joint replacement.

Trapeziometacarpal arthritis a normal part of aging
Arthritis in the hand affects more than 90 percent of women and 85 percent of men over age 80.

CMM director addresses PAC luncheon
Herb B. Kuhn, director of Center for Medicare Management, discusses new voluntary reporting system, responds to questions.

AAOS, AAOT share educational goals, concerns
Orthopaedic society of Guest Nation Argentina wants to work closely with AAOS on physician education efforts.

Are your patients 'Fit to a T'?
New campaign by U.S. Bone and Joint Decade focuses on the T-score, a measure of bone density, to help prevent fragility fractures

Ethics should guide physician, industry interactions
Part II in this series reviews the AdvaMed Cod of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

Seat belts, airbags both needed to prevent deadly MVA
Study on motor vehicle accidents shows effectiveness of restraint, airbag systems in reducing deaths.

CAS may improve THA implant placement
Computer-assisted surgery for hip replacement provides more accurate positioning of implants.

Hip poster is overall winner for 2006
The best of more than 500 posters focuses on the use of highly crosslinked polyethylene liners in total hip replacement; 11 other posters win "best in category."

Join the AAOS Sunrise 5K run/walk
Raise money for orthopaedic research; rise early on Saturday and enjoy a run along the lakefront.

Section B
DMLR receives broad national support for reform of medical liability system

Multiple techniques used to generate grassroots activism, outreach efforts

Health policy presents challenges, opportunities
An interview with David A. Halsey, MD, chair of the Council on Health Policy and Practice

AAOS establishes Policy Action Fund for states
Grants help support reform efforts at state level

AAOS advocates for change in coding, payments
Representing the orthopaedic viewpoint on Medicare policies and payments

New treatments, techniques for ankle ailments outlined
Panel of orthopaedists discusses treatment options for fractures, arthritis

TJA implant, selection affect policy decisions
The dilemma facing surgeons as costs rise and reimbursements decline

Section C
Arthroscopy doesn’t affect normal knee function and activity, according to study

Five years after surgery, most patients have normal function and activity levels

Delayed surgery for rotator cuff tears doesn’t affect outcomes
Treatment can occur any time within the first four months after injury

‘Ream and run,’ TSA have similar outcomes
Different treatments for shoulder arthritis have similar self-assessed functional outcomes

Computer-assisted templating predicts component size
Computers are more accurate than radiographic template overlays in determining size of hip implants

New biceps tendinitis surgery technique shows promise
Transfer of the long head of the bicepts tendon shows promising short-term results

Failed SAs share common, preventable problems
Pain, stiffness and weakness are most common complaints

EM navigation system more precise than IR
Tests in the lab and the operating room find electromagnetic systems significantly better


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