July 1995 Bulletin


Academy president James W. Strickland, MD, says an addition to the Academy's Strategic Plan signals a more aggressive effort toward the development of collaborative relationships with other providers of musculoskeletal services.

The Secretary's Report highlights actions taken by the Board of Directors during its meeting in Rosemont, Ill. May 5-6, 1995.

Letters to the Editor on MCOs and euthanasia.

Michael J. Goldberg, MD, says in a Point of View column that children with Down syndrome with Cl-C2 subluxation should be allowed to compete in the Special Olympics.

The time has arrived for the medical profession to take back control of the delivery of medical care, says Donald M. Mauldin, MD, in a Point of View column.

A Minute with Malpractice: a review of closed malpractice claims on the treatment of tibia fractures

Thousands of people walked in A Joint Parade held at 60 sites this year.

The Federal Trade Commission opens the way for the Academy to distribute the Abt Associates study of physician work values for orthopaedic surgery to third-party payers, other medical societies, and Academy fellows.

NIAMS offers a consensus development statement on total hip replacement.

A study found that requiring a "point of service" (POS) option for all managed care plans will not greatly change the cost of managed care for HMO benefits.

The Washington Orthopaedic Society has persuaded the local Blue Cross to rescind its policy on reimbursement to physicians for the professional component of X-rays taken in private offices on the day when clinical services are performed.

Applications for the 1996 Part II certification examination are available from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

A survey of women orthopaedic surgeons in the United States and Canada, found that more than one-third who have completed their orthopaedic training continue to participate in academic orthopedics.

A new FDA rule protects identities in MedWatch reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a continuing medical education to give physicians increased insight into drug-induced disease and provide information about how to report serious events to the FDA.

In Memoriam: Fellows who have died recently.

Once again Congress is considering extensive cuts for the Medicare program.

The Board of Trustees of the Hospital Insurance (Part A) portion of the Medicare program has projected that Part A will be insolvent by the year 2001.

Congressmen tell NOLC that major changes are planned for Medicare.

For the representatives from 33 states, COMSS, and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Academy's first State Legislative Strategies meeting was a practical lesson in the success of coalition building and grassroots political activity.

Enrollment in Medicaid managed care programs jumped 57 percent to 7.6 million recipients from June 1993 to June 1994.

Of all the issues surrounding the changing health care delivery environment in the U.S., one of the most perplexing is how can the medical profession deal with the manpower issue without running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws?

The highly discussed national "solution" to altering the supply of primary care and specialist physicians is dead, says the director of the office of research and planning, Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health and Human Services.

The Health Care Financing Administration has begun a comprehensive study of physician practice costs in preparation for establishing "resource-based" practice expense payments under Medicare.

HCFA is testing a new payment method that sets a negotiated global price for an episode of care

Academy president James W. Strickland, MD, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health that while the Academy supports the intent of the so-called Stark II law, there are some unintended negative consequences.

The Academy moves ahead on developing clinical guidelines.

Progress on the Academy's pilot study of a fellowship-based outcomes data collection process is moving rapidly.

The NIA tells how to deal with older patients; obtaining a medical history may pose special challenges.

A new book looks at the underlying causes of repetitive motion disorders.

Since its introduction in May, the Academy's new public education program - Play It Safe, A Guide to Safety for Young Athlete - has been generating a lot of interest from members.

Orthopaedic surgeons who want to prosper in tomorrow's health care market should start keeping their referring physicians happy today.

The number one key in negotiating a capitated contract is that you must know the demographics of the group that you are capitating.

The American Medical Association has developed Physicians Capital Source, a program designed to help physicians build and lead "quality first" health care delivery networks.

The physiciam's definition of disability must be coordinated with the disability insurance company that is funding the plan.

News you can use.

Now more than ever before, orthopaedic surgeons are investing in home study programs.

At this year's Summer Institute, the Academy is introducing "The Top Ten Orthopaedic Procedures," a two-day surgical skills course devoted to updating registrants about some of the most commonly performed orthopaedic surgical techniques.

The upcoming Academy Courses for August, September, and October are listed.

Orthopaedics Overseas has identified specific books and journals which are needed at various program sites.

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