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1 06, 2020

COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code

By |2020-06-01T20:37:42+00:00June 1st, 2020|Legislation, Top Stories|

CMS revised MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to clarify when you must use modifier CR (catastrophe/disaster related) and/or condition code DR (disaster related) when submitting claims to Medicare. The update includes a chart of blanket waivers and flexibilities that require the modifier or condition code.

1 06, 2020

June 1, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-06-02T14:27:45+00:00June 1st, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story AAOS Leadership Responds to George Floyd’s Tragic Death AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, addressed the recent tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, saying that AAOS “strongly condemn(s)” what took place. Dr. Bosco emphasized that the Academy stands with its members of color and added that “although words are important, deeds matter most.” He referred to one of the goals of the Academy’s Strategic Plan: [...]

29 05, 2020

May 29, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-29T21:41:37+00:00May 29th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story AAOS Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Protect Healthcare Workers from Lawsuits The House of Representatives recently introduced the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that would protect healthcare professionals and facilities called to duty during the COVID-19 public health emergency from the risk of lawsuits. The bill covers care during or 60 days after the emergency that was provided in good faith. AAOS applauded introduction of the bill as part of the Health [...]

28 05, 2020

May 28, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-29T14:15:01+00:00May 28th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Webinar—COVID-19: The Orthopaedic Recovery AAOS is partnering with the Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco for a webinar tomorrow at 7 a.m. P.S.T., which will discuss the details and implementation challenges clinicians, health systems, and industry encounter in delivering the promise of digital health solutions. AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, will cover the four trends whose change has been accelerated by the pandemic and, most importantly, how AAOS is preparing members to [...]

27 05, 2020

May 26, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-27T19:23:54+00:00May 27th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story COVID-19 Presidential Update from Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS In his latest COVID-19 update, AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, said that restrictions on “nonessential” orthopaedic surgeries have either partially or completely relaxed in all 50 states. An increase in COVID-19 cases associated with the increased surgery volume has not been reported, but Dr. Bosco said surgeons must be prepared to respond if and when an uptick in COVID-19 cases occurs. [...]

27 05, 2020

May 27, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-28T16:36:09+00:00May 27th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study Assesses Arthroscopic Pie-crusting Release of Posteromedial Complex of Knee A study published online in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders analyzed the use of pie-crusting release of the posteromedial complex (PMC) for arthroscopic meniscal surgery in tight knees. Patients who accepted arthroscopic pie-crusting PMC release were stratified into two groups: meniscoplasty (n = 40) and meniscal suturing (n = 20). Measurements were taken of the medial space before and after release. Radiographic measurements were taken of [...]

26 05, 2020

Remdesivir Update for COVID-19

By |2020-05-26T15:29:24+00:00May 26th, 2020|Top Stories|

Dear Colleagues,  Update:  I am writing to follow up on last week’s email regarding Remdesivir, to provide the more specific additional tools promised. The first two attached tools outline steps to follow to obtain remdesivir for critically ill patients. If you are caring for a patient who in your clinical judgment meets criteria for emergency use and you recommend remdesivir, please refer to the attached Remdesivir flow sheet and Remdesivir Emergency Use Checklist to guide that process. Please continue to refer [...]

26 05, 2020

Caught in the COVID-19 Crossfire: Supporting Patients Facing Surgical Uncertainty

By |2020-05-29T14:12:46+00:00May 26th, 2020|Top Stories|

Authored By: OrthoEvidence May 26, 2020 60 Second Synopsis Non-urgent surgical procedures are starting to resume despite the unremitting risks posed by COVID-19. For patients and care providers, this news is both reassuring and unnerving. Healthcare providers are now considering a multitude of factors and trying to answer many questions—Who needs surgery? When are they likely to get their restorative procedures? and How will we manage to serve all who need help under limited resources? Still, during this important decision-making process, we need [...]

22 05, 2020

May 22, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-26T15:27:27+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study: Preoperative Opioid Prescription Predictive of Use After Elbow Arthroscopy A study published online in Arthroscopy identified preoperative risk factors for prolonged opioid use following elbow arthroscopy. A total of 1,138 eligible patients were identified using a national claims-based database. The preoperative opioid group (n = 245) consisted of patients who filled at least one opioid prescription during the four-month period prior to surgery. In the preoperative opioid group, 61 patients (24.9 percent) were [...]

21 05, 2020

May 21, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-05-22T17:24:52+00:00May 21st, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Reminder: Deadline Approaching for Applications for Additional PRF Payments The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding providers that they have until June 3 to accept the terms and conditions and provide revenue information if they wish to receive additional Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payment. Providers who were automatically given an additional general distribution payment prior to 5 p.m. on April 24 must submit to HHS tax forms or financial statements detailing [...]