April 1996 Bulletin


Academy president Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, tells fellow that, 'I do not believe there is reason for despair. This is the time for use to act and react.'

D. Eugene Thompson, MD, Academy secretary gives highlights of the actions take by the Board of Directors during its meeting in Atlanta, Feb. 21-21, 1996

Lawyers and government are usurping the legitimate function of treating physicians, says Richard A. Maun, MD, Whittier, Calif.

Fellowship approves resolutions, bylaws changes at Annual Meeting

Review of closed claims involving femoral neck failures finds several recurring risk management concerns.

Point of View - Generalists will be the foundation of the future of musculoskeletal care.

Point of View - Managed care must be restructured to benefit patients, not corporate executives and investors.

For a proposed patient - a 55-year old active man with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis - the choice between osteotomy and arthroplasty hinges on the patient's activity expectation.

Does gamma radiation of a prosthesis accelerate or slow the wear of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene.

A senior research fellowship is being offered by the Bone Research Branch of the National Institute of Dental Research.

Update on lawsuits filed by patients who have received pedicle screw implants.

Judge rules that the doctrine of informed consent does not require a physician to disclose to a patient the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory status of a medical device such as pedicle screws.

The Orthopaedic Education and Research Foundation receives an unrestricted $1 million contribution - the largest single year contribution by an individual or corporation.

The Academy is soliciting manuscripts for the 1997 Kappa Delta Awards and the Orthopaedic Education and Research Foundation Award.

Health care could be the engine that drives America to a predominant place in the world economy in the next century, says Rep. Newt Gingrich, (R-Ga.).

The United States is going through a major cultural transformation, says William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education.

King Constantine II, former King of Greece, says the world seems to be entering the next century in peace, but 'there is a way to go yet.'

Augusto Sarmiento, MD, tells new fellows the future is not as bleak as some believe.

Orthopaedic surgeons are urged to take the message of effectiveness of safety belts and motorcycle helmets to their communities.

Health care is a hot issue in state legislatures across the nation.

Joseph Buckwalter, MD, urges a House subcommittee to provide $261 million for research funding to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 15, 1996

Raymond O. Pierce, MD, is named the Academy's first representative to the National Medical Association.

In Memoriam - Names of fellows who have died.

The President's Council of seven national orthopaedic associations is concerned about the potentially detrimental effect on the quality of patient care resulting from changes in health care delivery.

The 1996-1997 Academy Board of Directors was elected during the 63rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Researchers urge caution on new approaches to articular cartilage restoration.

Researchers say new technologies developed as a result of basic research require clinical trials.

Genzyme Tissue Repair is concerned about the advertising and public expectations about its articular cartilage repair treatment.

Academy moves ahead on developing a national outcomes database.

Oversight Committee on Guidelines will redirect the Academy's approach to developing and evaluating clinical guidelines.

The Health Care Financing Administration is soliciting applications for a planned demonstration project to bundle Medicare Part A and Part B payments for hip and knee replacement procedures.

The Rand Corp. has started work on an orthopaedic world force study and supporting data system.

The Patient Advocacy Campaign for Musculoskeletal Research Funding will seek public support for funding research by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Survey finds physicians are buried in mail.

Table shows breakdown of 4,288 pieces of mail.

Expert tells how to weed out junk mail and have time for 'power reading.'

Should you sell to a PPMC?

Purchasing alliances can help cut costs.

Beware of retirement excise tax

Academy slides and brochures can be useful marketing tools.

New Academy publications.

Emeritus fellows audiotape Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 5.

Academy's self-assessment examinations will be on CD-ROM.

List of CME courses for May, June and July.

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