October 18, 2017
 
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30-day period is now open to preview performance data planned for release on CMS Physician Compare website

Through Nov. 17, 2017, physicians can preview their 2016 performance data as it will appear on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Compare website later this year. Physician Compare is an initiative that allows consumers to search for information on physicians and other healthcare professionals who provide Medicare services. Providers can access the secured measure preview site by logging into the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) information portal.

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Other News

Study: Barbed sutures not associated with 90-day revision surgery rates after primary TKA

A study published in the November issue of the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research suggests that suture type may not in the short-term affect risk of all-cause revision surgery or wound-related revision surgery. The authors retrospectively compared 884 primary total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) closed with barbed sutures with 1,598 primary TKAs closed with traditional interrupted sutures. At 90-day follow-up, they found no difference across cohorts in overall revision rates or wound-related revision surgery rates. However, they noted five (0.6 percent) arthrotomy failures in the barbed suture group, compared to none in the traditional suture group.

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Study: Supervised high-intensity training program may improve bone health for older women with low bone mass.

According to a study published online in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a supervised program of high-intensity resistance and impact training (HiRIT) may help improve bone strength and function for otherwise healthy postmenopausal women with low bone mass (T-score <-1.0). The research team conducted a randomized, controlled trial of 101 women who participated in either 8 months of twice-weekly, 30-minute, supervised HiRIT (n = 49) or a home-based, low-intensity exercise program (n = 52). It found that HiRIT effects were superior to the low-intensity program for lumbar spine (LS) bone mineral density (BMD), femoral neck BMD, femoral neck cortical thickness, height, and all functional performance measures. The team noted one adverse event in the HiRIT cohort: a minor lower back spasm resulting in two (of 70) missed training sessions and no adverse events in the low-intensity cohort.

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Study: ODI composite score improvements may not correlate with SF-12 PCS following fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis

A study published online in the journal Spine questions the appropriateness of composite Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score in the evaluation of quality of life in studies of surgically treated degenerative spondylolisthesis patients. The authors analyzed data from a prospective registry of 196 patients who underwent elective fusion surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis. At 1-year follow-up, they found that the ODI domains most correlated with improvement in SF-12 physical composite score were lifting, standing, and traveling. The authors concluded that “the item bank and composite scoring of the ODI are inappropriate for evaluating quality of life in studies of surgically treated degenerative spondylolisthesis patients.”

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Your AAOS

Member registration for 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting is now open

Member registration is open for the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting. The 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting will take place March 6-10, 2018, in New Orleans. View the preliminary meeting program and plan your education today.

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AAOS announces plans for national family of clinical data registries

AAOS announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries, covering a broad range of orthopaedic conditions and procedures. As part of this effort, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is integrating with AAOS, effective immediately. AJRR will serve as the hip and knee registries for the Academy and will continue to operate without interruption for existing participating sites. Starting in mid- to late-2018, additional AAOS registries will launch, covering a broad range of conditions and procedures across inpatient and outpatient settings.

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AAOS posts web page with information on Puerto Rico disaster response

AAOS has been contacted by a number of members, asking how they can assist with the response to hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico. In response, the Academy posted a web page based on information from discussions with Puerto Rico’s Board of Councilors representative and others. In addition to donations of money and supplies, interested parties can contact their representatives to express support for quick action on disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and others impacted this hurricane season. In addition, in partnership with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, AAOS developed a disaster preparedness plan to enable an effective and efficient volunteer response when a disaster strikes and the orthopaedic community is called upon to help.

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Call for volunteers: FDA Advisory Committees

AAOS seeks members to serve on various U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committees and panels. Of particular interest to members may be the Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel, which advises the FDA commissioner on complex or contested scientific issues relating to specific products, marketing applications, regulatory decisions, and agency actions, guidance, and policies. Applicants for the FDA committee and panel openings must be active fellows, candidate members, candidate members osteopathic, candidate member applicants for fellowship, or candidate member applicants for fellowship osteopathic. In addition, all applicants must provide the following: an online AAOS CAP application, a current curriculum vitae, a 100-word biography, a letter of interest highlighting his or her expertise in the subject area, and an acknowledgment and consent form (available below). All supporting materials must be submitted to Kyle Trivedi by Nov. 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m CT, at:

trivedi@aaos.org

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