AAOS Now, December 2007
Everything is going up but your payments
By Robert C. Fine, JD, CAE; Robert Jasak, JD; and Matthew Twetten Orthopaedists face 11+ percent Medicare payment cut Orthopaedists are facing possible across-the-board Medicare payment cuts of more than 11 percent, starting in January 2008. Physicians in other specialties are facing similar payment cuts. If these cuts take place, they will be among the largest since the “resource-based” Medicare physician payment system started in 1992.
Looking for life: Xenografts in orthopaedic surgery
A clinician scientist examines this controversial, burgeoning issue Because the demand for all types of organs and tissues far outweighs the supply, medical personnel—including orthopaedic surgeons—are turning to certain animal species with biologic systems that are closely compatible with human systems. Cato T. Laurencin, MD What is “xenotransplantation”? The U.S.
Implant makers add consultant info
The recent settlement agreements between five orthopaedic implant manufacturers and the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey (Department of Justice) required the companies to post financial information on their relationships to orthopaedic surgeons without any explanation of why the payments were made. As of Nov. 15, three of the companies had added, in another section of their Web sites, information about individual consultants that includes a description of the services rendered.