AAOS Now, Februrary 2010
AAOS releases technology overview on hip resurfacing
By Brian J. McGrory, MD During its December 2009 meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors approved a new technology overview (TO) on hip resurfacing (HR). Kristy L. Weber, MD, chair of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment and Technology, presented the document, which was developed by a physician workgroup under the direction of the Guidelines & Technology Oversight Committee.
Medicare fraud hits home
AAOS member finds his name used in Medicare scam Rising levels of identity theft have become a major issue for prosecutors and law enforcement officials, and given the quantity of identifying information requested by health plans, hospitals, and the government, physicians have become prime targets for scammers. Stolen physician identities can be used in elaborate schemes, particularly with billing for durable medical equipment (DME) for patients covered by Medicare.
Don’t write-off an IMAC
Brown victory doesn’t eliminate possibility With the election of Republican Scott Brown as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Democrats have lost their 60-vote super-majority in the Senate. This loss of filibuster-proof numbers puts the future of healthcare reform in doubt. To complicate matters, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that the House will not pass the Senate’s healthcare reform legislation.