AAOS Now, September 2008
CMS issues final IPPS rule
Three conditions added to HAC payment policy Under the final inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule updating Medicare payments to hospitals for fiscal year 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added three new conditions to the list of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) for which Medicare will not pay at the enhanced complication/comorbidity payment level.
Getting paid for taking call
Hospital responses vary, but trend is clear The crisis in emergency care coverage isn’t going away—and neither is the need to compensate those physicians who take call. That was the consensus of the participants in a Webinar sponsored by HealthLeaders Media on June 17, 2008. But developing the right on-call compensation model is tricky and requires a collaborative effort by medical staffs and hospital administrators.
Young athletes have high failure rate with allograft ACL
“With 300,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions performed in the United States every year, this procedure has become routine with favorable results. Graft selection, however, continues to be controversial,” said Gene R. Barrett, MD, senior author of “Allograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the young, active patient.” “In a previous study of fresh-frozen bone-tendon-bone allograft ACL reconstructions performed at our institution, we found a failure rate of 2.