AAOS Now, September 2018
U.S. News & World Report Announces Updates to Its Online Physician Profiles
In 2017, during a forum held at the AAOS Annual Meeting, representatives from U.S. News & World Report introduced the publication’s plan to publish individual hip and knee surgeon performance analyses. The purpose, they explained, is to provide patients with decision support and better reflect the quality of care that orthopaedic surgeons provide (see U.S. News & World Report to Publish Hip and Knee Surgeon Ratings, AAOS Now, May 2017).
Studies Find Concerning Rates of Persistent Opioid Use After Common Foot and Ankle Procedures
Two studies examining opioid use by patients treated for foot and ankle conditions show that a substantial number of the patients continued to consume opioids persistently after the therapeutic course for pain had concluded. The studies, presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society annual meeting in Boston, found that in those who underwent surgery for hallux valgus, the rate of new, persistent opioid use was 6.