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2 12, 2020

December 2, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-12-03T18:21:10+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Finalized for 2021 On Dec. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the much-anticipated 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. Despite yearlong requests from the medical community to preserve the value of services and waive budget neutrality in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the agency finalized changes that will result in a 10 percent reduction for the Medicare payment rate, including an estimated 4 [...]

2 12, 2020

By |2020-12-02T17:26:12+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Top Stories|

Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a Surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond Host: Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, FRCSC Editor-in-Chief, OrthoEvidence Guest: Nina Ahuja, BScHons, MD, FRCSC, CHE Academic Division Head, Ophthalmology Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Founder, Docs in Leadership PERSPECTIVES Drs. Ahuja and Bhandari discussed stress in medical professionals. Our discussion uncovered four core themes. These themes and their supporting insights are highlighted below. 1. There [...]

30 11, 2020

November 30, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-30T22:52:40+00:00November 30th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study Evaluates Outcome Calculators for TJA A systematic review published online in The Journal of Arthroplasty compared existing post-total joint arthroplasty (TJA) calculators. Three major databases were searched for publications that discussed TJA risk stratification tools for readmission, discharge disposition, and early complications. Final analysis incorporated 10 publications that determined risks for readmission (n = 3), discharge disposition (n = 5), and early complications (n = 2). Seven used single-institution data, and three incorporated [...]

30 11, 2020

Challenging the Status Quo: A Global Look at Diversity in Orthopaedics

By |2020-11-30T22:50:56+00:00November 30th, 2020|Top Stories|

“The perspective of the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons is this: the workforce needs to be more diverse. Diversity is improving and difficult questions are finally being asked with a challenge to the perceived status quo. However, the next step is the easiest to ask for and the hardest to achieve, a total change in culture.” (4) -- The International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (2020) As countries around the world become increasingly diverse, so do their workforces. As a [...]

25 11, 2020

November 25, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-30T22:12:32+00:00November 25th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study Examines Postoperative Opioid Consumption in Knee Arthroscopy Patients A study published online in Arthroscopy reported current practices for opioid consumption after knee arthroscopy (KA). Among 100 KA patients, the median number of opioid pills prescribed was five (37.5 oral morphine equivalents [OME]). Median postoperative opioid consumption was zero pills, and the mean was 0.6 pills (4.4 OME). Three-quarters of patients consumed no opioid pills postoperatively. The entire cohort consumed five or fewer pills [...]

24 11, 2020

Vaccines for COVID-19: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca Race to Finish Line

By |2020-11-25T19:24:02+00:00November 24th, 2020|Top Stories|

Authored By: OrthoEvidence   “Let’s say these vaccines were out and they were available to you and somebody said to you ‘How would you like to participate in a trial where you have … 50 percent chance of not getting a vaccine.’ How enthusiastic would you be?” -- Dr. Gordon Guyatt Recently, there has been emerging good news regarding the development and testing of vaccine candidates against COVID-19. On November 9 and 16, 2020, Pfizer (along with BioNTech) and [...]

23 11, 2020

November 23, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-24T16:36:42+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study: SSI Risk Factors in Tibial Plateau Fractures A retrospective study published online in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma identified risk factors for surgical site infection (SSI) in patients with operatively treated tibial plateau fractures (TPFs). Of 2,106 patients with TPFs treated at seven level 1 trauma centers, 94 had deep SSIs; the average SSI rate was 4.5 percent. Type B and C injuries were observed in 57.5 percent and 42.5 percent of patients, [...]

20 11, 2020

November 20, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-23T16:36:35+00:00November 20th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study: Does State-level Legislation Impact Opioid Prescriptions in Joint Arthroplasty? A study published in the December issue of Arthroplasty Today assessed how state-level legislation changed postoperative opioid and opioid antagonist prescribing patterns after total joint arthroplasty. Primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients were stratified by pre- (n = 671) and post-legislation (n = 713). Minimum and maximum median morphine milligram equivalents per day significantly changed from pre- to post-legislation. [...]

18 11, 2020

November 18, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-19T17:17:50+00:00November 18th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Your AAOS Apply for Volunteer Opportunities Consider applying for the following positions: Foot & Ankle Program Committee Member positions—applications are accepted until Dec. 13 Musculoskeletal Tumor & Metabolic Disease Program Committee Member position—applications are accepted until Dec. 13 Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Evaluation Committee Chair position—applications are accepted until Dec. 15 Pediatrics Program Committee Member positions—applications are accepted until Dec. 13 Political Action Committee of the AAOS Treasurer position—applications are accepted until Dec. 21 Learn more and submit [...]

16 11, 2020

November 16, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-16T23:01:52+00:00November 16th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Presidential Update from Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS In his latest message, AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, shared updates on AAOS’ Office of Government Relations (OGR), the Nominating Committee, and the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). The OGR formed and is leading a coalition of musculoskeletal organizations that are jointly offering their support for the Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act (H.R. 8702) (read below for more [...]