AAOS Now, March 2010
Orthopaedic surgeons bring healing to Haiti
Response to earthquake disaster immediate and generous Orthopaedic surgeons responded overwhelmingly to the humanitarian need in Haiti resulting from the devastating earthquake that rocked the capital city of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. Within the first 48 hours, hundreds of AAOS fellows had contacted the Academy about volunteering, and scores more were working directly through their own institutions or local disaster aid organizations to organize medical missions. Fellows like Scott C.
Getting soldiers back into action
During the course of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, more than 80 percent of the 36,000 casualties sustained by U.S. military personnel have involved extremity trauma. Many of those injuries were inflicted by improvised explosive devices. That grim accounting was a focal point of the fifth annual Extremity War Injuries (EWI) symposium sponsored by the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Jan.
Physicians face payment cut
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, physicians face a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement rates, beginning March 1, 2010. The cuts are the result of the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and a series of temporary “fixes” that have created ever-larger debts and steeper future cuts.