July 1996 Bulletin


Academy President Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, summarizes current initiatives on four areas where fellows can make a difference in influencing the future of musculoskeletal health care.

Academy Secretary D. Eugene Thompson, MD, highlights actions taken by the Board of Directors during its meeting May 17-18, 1996.

Academy fellows write Letters to the Editor about effectiveness studies and the Academy's "Winning at Risk" course.

The Board of Directors is asking for comment on the draft 1997-1998 Strategic Plan.

William W. Tipton, MD, Academy executive vice president, will chair an orthopaedic segment of a surgical symposium in Beijing, China.

The Academy approves a Position Statement on Firearms Violence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrates its 50th year.

The Academy approves an Advisory Statement on Cell- and Tissue-Engineered Products.

Strong opinions have been expressed about orthopaedic total joint arthroplasty devices with Morse taper modular connections.

John Frymoyer, MD, gives a "view from the trench" on the troubles faced by academic medical centers.

The University of California Board of Regents is studying a proposal to merge the clinical operations of UC San Francisco and Stanford University.

Point of View: James D. Michelson, MD discusses the treatment of posterior tibial rupture with fusion and Keith L. Wapner, MD discusses treatment of the same condition with reconstruction

NewsLine NIAMS Funding: The Academy, Academic Orthopaedic Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, and American Orthopaedic Association, have launched a program to enlist patients' support for NIAMS.

NewsLine Media: The media focuses on hearings on "gag" clauses.

NewsLine Outcomes: Many organizations are interested in developing an outcomes data collection program.

NewsLine OREF: OREF awards 57 research grants in 1995.

NewsLine COMSS: 1996 Specialty Day is a success.

NewsLine Annual Meeting housing available inn September

In Memoriam: Names of fellows who have died.

The Academy is opposing the use of the term "centers of excellence" in conjunction with HCFA's demonstration project on hip and knee replacement. In the background of the program is a study on heart bypass operations.

Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) believes the trend to managed care is slowing.

States across the country are cracking down on "gag" clauses.

Forum: The Academy, American Orthopaedic Association and others are working with the FDA on regulatory issues.

CME Credit

The Academy is field-testing low back pain algorithms. The chronology of the clinical policies development began in 1986.

Twelve of the Academy's 15 clinical policies were peer-reviewed and will be published in the fall.

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research will not develop guidelines in 1997.

Orthopaedic surgeons and geriatricians are teaming up to treat the elderly.

The second annual BONES, Inc. survey found 24 percent of all collections from payers for orthopaedic services were HMO/managed care plans. Highlights of the BONES survey and information on collections and on percentage of payers are presented.

The orthopaedic practice staff needs accurate detailed information about procedures to code properly.

Practices should take an activist approach to collecting accounts receivables.

It may be time for your orthopaedic practice to change its buy-in and pay-out policies.

The Academy's Placement Service is on the Academy's home page.

The Academy is collecting data on expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases.

The Academy is moving ahead on expanding the Orthopaedic Learning Center.

Calendar: List of September and October continuing medical education courses.

Editorial Information

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