AAOS Now, November 2013
Study Takes Close Look at Impact of ACL Surgery
Focus on economics indicates surgery may be “a good deal” Mary Ann Porucznik and the Washington Health Policy Fellows In the second of a series of studies examining the economic impact of orthopaedic procedures, researchers found that outcomes for patients who had appropriately selected anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction were both more effective (short- to intermediate-term) and less costly than rehabilitation alone.
SCIP VTE Measures Changing in 2014
Prophylaxis guidelines for venous thromboembolism (VTE) issued by the AAOS and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) have been at odds regarding whether aspirin should qualify as an acceptable prophylactic option. This difference in philosophy has had an impact on the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures, which are based on the ACCP guidelines, because aspirin was not recommended by the ACCP for prophylaxis in total joint arthroplasty patients.