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    Happy holidays from your Office of Government Relations team!
    We hope you enjoy this advance issue and look forward to continuing to
    advocate for orthopaedic priorities on your behalf in the New Year.

     

    ACA Ruling, 21st Century Cures Update

     

    For questions or concerns on these or other advocacy issues, contact us at dc@aa […]

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    Playbook From The Well…
    Friday, December 21, 2018

     

     

    WVALHD endorses legislation allowing MAT
    The legislative committee of the West Virginia Association of Local Health Departments, the trade association representing local health departments, is endorsing proposed legisl […]

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    December 21, 2018

     

     

     

    Note: AAOS’ offices will be closed Dec. 24, 2018, through Jan. 1, 2019. AAOS Headline News Now will not be published Dec. 24 through Dec. 31 and will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

     

     

     

    Today’s Top Story
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    Today’s Top Story
    Study Identifies Risk Factors for SSI Following ACLR
    A study published in the December issue of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy found that certain demographic characteristics may predict postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) risk in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament […]

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    BMS accepting public comments on transportation manual
    The Bureau for Medical Services is, until Jan. 04, 2019 accepting public comments on its transportation manual At an Oct. 23 meeting of the Medical Services Fund Advisory Council, Medicaid Commissioner Cindy Beane introduced officials from LogistiCare, the state’s new non-emergen […]

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    Today’s Top Story
    Study: Long- and Short-term Mortality Risk Elevated in Some Revision TKA Patients
    Patients undergoing revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for infection or fracture had an increased mortality risk during the early postoperative period, and this risk increased over time, according to a retrospectiv […]

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    Higher Education
    Blue Ribbon Commission continues meeting. WV News reports, “Gov. Jim Justice’s blue-ribbon commission on four-year colleges met Thursday afternoon over a conference call for what was expected to be the group’s last session.
     
    “But the panel will continue meeting — possibly into 2019 — to finish its work […]

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    Today’s Top Story
    Study: Longer TKA Surgeries Associated with Increased Infection Risk
    Primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients with longer operative times may be more likely to develop prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a study published online in The Journal o […]

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    Health Care Highlights – Issue 15
     

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    Revenues continue to climb
    West Virginia tax receipts, for the eighth month in a row, continue to climb, according to a Monday presentation to the Joint Standing Committee on Finance. Revenue Secretary David Hardy said tax revenue increases are no longer month-to-month and are showing a pattern. 
    The greatest portion of the increase, […]