AAOS Now, November 2009
Sen. Barrasso addresses BOC/BOS fall meeting
Orthopaedic surgeon/senator says healthcare reform “going down the wrong road” “There’s a right way and a wrong way to achieve healthcare reform,” Sen. John A. Barrasso, MD (R-Wyo.), told the members of the Board of Councilors (BOC)/Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) at their fall meeting. “We don’t need to destroy a system that works pretty well for most people. We do need to have a patient-centered focus, as opposed to a government-centered or insurance-centered bill.” Sen.
Are orthopaedists trustworthy?
Study raises questions about self-disclosure of conflicts It’s not easy being an orthopaedic surgeon these days. It seems as if the profession, like the rest of medicine, is under a magnifying glass. Last month, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine prompted a reporter to ask the question that headlines this article.
Annual Meeting participant guidelines
The AAOS has long taken seriously the matter of physician self-disclosure of potential conflicts in all of its continuing medical education activities. Requirements that presentations at its Annual Meeting be free of commercial bias and that presenters complete a financial disclosure statement have been in effect for several years.
“Bloody” treatment holds promise
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is currently used as an alternative treatment method for several common orthopaedic-related sports medicine conditions. According to a review article in the October 2009 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early outcomes of PRP appear promising; however, larger clinical studies are still needed to determine the benefits of its use.