Report: Voice of the Orthopaedic Surgeon

AAOS conducted a multipronged research study to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted orthopaedic surgeons. These data will help the Academy meet the current and future needs of its members.

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In Other News

Millions of PPE Items May be Counterfeit

According to an Associated Press (AP) investigation, a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) items—including millions of N95 masks, gloves, gowns, and more—that shipped to the United States in March contained counterfeit items. After watching a video of the shipment, which arrived in Los Angeles, AP identified that the masks in the delivery had ear loops—not bands that stretch across the back of the head, which are found on authentic masks. The delivery box was marked with the name of a Chinese factory.

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HHS Awards Telehealth Providers $15 Million

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $15 million to 159 organizations across five health workforce programs to help bolster the use of telehealth. HRSA gave the awards, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, to groups based on their ability to utilize telehealth to train high-demand professions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HEROES Act Would Give $75 Billion for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing, Vote Expected Friday

The latest proposed COVID-19 relief bill, unveiled by House of Representatives Democrats on Tuesday, would provide $3 trillion in relief. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act proposes $75 billion to be used for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts. A $200 billion “Heroes Fund” would provide hazard pay to essential workers. The House may vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. It is expected to pass in the House along party lines but may not pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Study: Current Use of Telehealth Capabilities in Orthopaedic Practices

A study published online in the Journal of the AAOS ® examined the current state of telehealth capabilities in orthopaedic departments as well as the direct impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on this area. The researchers observed that orthopaedic practices had a significant nationwide increase in new telehealth offerings that were directly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. They stated that their findings may have implications for other areas in the healthcare community and predicted that the telehealth landscape will be permanently changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Study Assesses Post-COVID-19 Economy, Resumption of Elective Orthopaedic Surgery

A study published online in The Journal of Arthroplasty evaluated the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent impact on elective orthopaedic surgery and total joint arthroplasty (TJA). The study authors identified six economic pillars for returning to sustainable elective orthopaedics: (1) determine patient demand for elective orthopaedic surgery after the pandemic, (2) medical optimization in a COVID-19 world with evidence-based practices, (3) early discharge and outpatient TJA, (4) technology and innovation investment, (5) renegotiate contracts with vendors, and (6) government programs.

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COVID-19: A Personal Anecdote and Recommendations from Beijing, China

Hongyi Shao, MD, is an arthroplasty surgeon at Jishuitan Hospital in Beijing, China. He pursued a research fellowship at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, which is where Antonia Chen, MD, MBA, FAAOS, met him. In an interview, Dr. Chen and Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAOS, talked with Dr. Shao about his personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis in China.

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