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Articles published in January, 2011

An "Advance Directive" for Patient Privacy

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2011

In this feature, we will highlight recent news or trends that might significantly impact your future as orthopaedic surgeons. You are invited to share your thoughts with other readers by using the Comment field at the end of the article. An "Advance Directive" for Patient Privacy TUCSON, Ariz ... Read more »

Defending the Value of Healthcare

by Jim Marino, M.D. | Jan 2011

How much of our national wealth should we allocate for healthcare?  As a previous full time practicing orthopaedic surgeon and now an executive of a small medical device company, may I offer the reader my perspectives on this significant and, I believe, controversial issue?  We are often c ... Read more »

Decision Making in Developing Countries

by Lewis G. Zirkle Jr., M.D. | Jan 2011

The Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) is an educational organization that manufactures and donates orthopaedic instruments and implants in support of the education received. Patient results depend on the problem solving ability of the surgeon, as well as the quality of our instruments ... Read more »

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What it Means to Health Care Fraud & Abuse

by Teresa Ford | Jan 2011

A palpable low-level hysteria has resulted from the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”).  Will physicians continue to be fairly compensated for the care that they provide to patients?  Will the right care be available to the patient in need?  Will ... Read more »

Healthcare Politics and Litigation

by Victor Moldovan | Jan 2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is still the law of the land.  However, things have changed since I wrote my last article. The Republicans have won the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and a sufficient number of seats in the U.S. Senate to effectivel ... Read more »

Collaborative Arrangements Between Orthopaedists and Hospitals: The Future is Now

by Doug Free | Jan 2011

Recent healthcare reforms at the Federal level have created much uncertainty concerning what the future of medicine will look like. As of the date this article is written we are all awaiting regulations that are expected to provide framework for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which conceptua ... Read more »

Retirement Planning, Post-Recession

by Mark Germain | Jan 2011

As you might expect, post-recession retirement statistics are not pretty. Nearly 25% of professionals aged 50 to 59 lost more 35% than of their retirement savings in the 2008-2009 recession last year, according to The Wall Street Examiner. Does that mean you need to work longer or lower your ex ... Read more »

Rule 99: Preventing Overreaching by Other Inventors

by Perry E. Van Over, Esq. | Jan 2011

Unlike the majority of my earlier articles which were focused inwardly on the inventor/entrepreneur’s goal of achieving patent protection for his own invention, this article is directed outwardly and is intended to acquaint the inventor with a means by which he can reach out to affect the patentin ... Read more »

Evaluating the Postoperative Patient

by Pradeep Albert, M.D. | Jan 2011

What is the best study to evaluate the postoperative patient? As a musculoskeletal radiologist, this is one of the most common questions that I am asked by orthopaedic surgeons. The answer is, it depends. It depends upon the imaging modality, as well as which part of the body we are imaging. The fir ... Read more »

Making the Case for Industrial Design and Human Factors

by Ryan Lewis | Jan 2011

An all too familiar dilemma: a physician has a great idea, but can only take it so far.  A new device, a change to a procedure, a way to save time in the OR; medical technology is driven by physicians on the front lines of medical practice. How can ideas be harnessed for the benefit of patients ... Read more »