AAOS Now, March 2012
Ask, Advise, Refer to Improve Surgical Outcomes
It’s becoming increasingly clear that orthopaedic patients who smoke have worse outcomes than those who don’t. The clinical effects of smoking on bone and wound healing include longer times to union, higher rates of nonunion, and higher rates of infection and wound complications.
“Roadway Warrior” Assumes AAOS Presidency
We orthopaedic surgeons have the best specialty in medicine,” said John R. Tongue, MD, who assumed the presidency of the AAOS during the 2012 Annual Meeting Ceremonial Meeting. “We help everyone—people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Being able to improve people’s quality of life is a very positive experience.” Dr.
Temporary SGR Fix Approved
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, the House and Senate had passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The Act extends current payments under the Medicare fee-for-service physician payment schedule through Dec. 31, 2012, thus averting a potential 27.4 percent cut under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2012.