AAOS Now, March 2013
Chicago Poised to Welcome AAOS
Local cochairs look forward to 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting Michael F. Schafer, MD, and John F. Sarwark, MD Greetings! As local cochairs, we cannot wait to welcome our colleagues to the 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting, to be held March 19–23, in Chicago. We are thrilled the Academy has again chosen our exciting city for this important event—particularly as 2013 marks the Academy’s 80th Anniversary.
Is a Permanent Fix Close?
Movement to replace SGR gaining momentum Catherine Boudreaux For more than a decade, physicians have been subject to annual threats of reductions in reimbursement—each larger than the previous year’s. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which debuted in 1997 as a Medicare cost containment strategy, has called for cuts in Medicare payments to physicians every year since 2002.
What the Sunshine Act Brings to Light
Pharmaceutical and medical device companies have long provided physicians with promotional materials, ranging from imprinted office supplies, gifts, and meals, to consulting fees and sample products. In recent years, however, questions have been raised about the impact of such materials on both prescribing and purchasing habits and patient care and safety.