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Articles published in January, 2013

The Growing Role of Athletic Trainers in Orthopaedics

by Forrest Pecha, St. Luke's Sports Medicine | Jan 2013

Healthcare reform has forced orthopaedic surgeons to streamline office efficiency and search for new revenue streams. Adding certified athletic trainers is one option. ... Read more »

Recruitment Resolutions: Assess Your Staffing Needs

by Nicola Hawkinson and Heather Rottmund | Jan 2013

A New Year’s resolution to focus on recruitment as a whole can help to ensure that you meet your 2013 growth plans. The first step is collecting benchmarking data. ... Read more »

Views on the News: Public disclosure of Medicare billing

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2013

Dow Jones seeks reversal of a 1979 Florida district court order that exempted all provider-specific data on Medicare payments from the Freedom of Information Act. Doctors warn that lifting the ban could harm the physician/patient relationship, as public disclosure of Medicare billing could increase ... Read more »

Orthopaedic Coding Q&A: Hand Specialty, Buttress Plate/Screws with PEEK Device, Re-do Discectomy

by The Coding Coach | Jan 2013

"Regarding placement of an anterior buttress plate/screw attached to a PEEK device: a vendor rep told our neurosurgeon to bill 22845 (anterior plate) and 22851 (PEEK), even though the screws are only placed on one vertebral body. Is this correct?" ... Read more »

Views on the News: United States v. Caronia

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2013

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that FDA's ban on the off-label promotion of drugs violates the 1st Amendment's guarantee of free speech. The decision may represent a "landmark that liberates companies and doctors to spread news about medical innovation." A legal expert shares this response. ... Read more »

Breakthrough for NiTiNOL Use in Orthopaedic Implants

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2013

The use of nickel titanium or NiTiNOL in large orthopaedic devices has been limited somewhat by technological challenges in basic materials and device design. In November 2012, MedShape announced the first surgical procedure with its DynaNail Ankle Arthrodesis Nail, a NiTiNOL-based intramedullary na ... Read more »

The Impact of Opting Out of Medicare

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2013

For years, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has provided surgeons with the tools to legally opt out of Medicare. When we recently posted an AAPS newsletter, How to Opt Out of Medicare, in the ORTHOPRENEUR LinkedIn group, it quickly garnered powerful reactions from those who agreed ... Read more »

Orthopaedic Urgent Care Clinic Leverages Model by Franchising

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2013

OrthoNOW is a walk-in clinic for treatment of broken bones, sprains and sports and workers’ compensation injuries. It cuts out the general practitioner and allows the orthopaedic surgeon to promptly recommend care, whether that be cast, surgery or rehab – all of which can be performed at OrthoNO ... Read more »

Orthopaedic Coding Q&A: Core Decompression of the Shoulder, Suture Removal, Musculoskeletal Exam

by The Coding Coach | Jan 2013

"In discussing the 1997 Musculoskeletal Exam at a recent coding course, the presenter repeatedly referred to '28 elements' necessary for a comprehensive exam. Only 28 elements? Is this correct? Has something changed in the guidelines that we may have missed?" ... Read more »