AAOS Now, August 2011
Orthopaedists respond to disaster in Joplin, Mo.
Medical community comes together after one of the deadliest U.S. tornadoes on record Early in the evening of May 22, Jonathan L. Grantham, MD, was shooting baskets with one of his sons in the driveway of their home in Joplin, Mo. As they enjoyed the calm, spring evening, they were unaware that a ferocious tornado would soon bore straight through their town, leaving a trail of destruction more than 22 miles long. When Joplin sounded its tornado sirens, Dr.
Physicians face Medicare cliff
Proposed 2012 physician fee schedule includes 29.5 percent payment cuts On July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two proposed rules for 2012 payments under Medicare. The first covered payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in calendar year (CY) 2012; the second covered the 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).