AAOS Now, November 2010
It’s time to choose
Medicare participation options for physicians As this issue of AAOS Now goes to press, Congress is in recess and physicians face a 23.3 percent cut in the Medicare physician payment conversion factor on Dec. 1. Unless Congress acts quickly when it returns on Nov. 15, an additional 6.2 percent cut will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Orthopaedic surgeons now have the opportunity to declare Medicare participation status.
Violence in healthcare settings
Although violent incidents may be unavoidable, providers need to be prepared In 2008, three people—including a nurse, another hospital employee, and a visitor—were killed in a shooting spree at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ga. In February 2010, a gunman walked into the emergency department of Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, N.C., and shot two patients before being subdued by police.