Prior Authorization Burdens Add Up

A 2017 survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) showed that physicians report an increase in prior authorization (PA) burdens imposed by insurance companies and other payers. In the survey, 84% of physicians responded that the burden associated with PAs is...

What Patients are Reading: Reps in the OR

The topic of whether industry representatives should be allowed in surgical operating rooms was recently discussed on the National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program. The accompanying article weighs the pros and cons of having representatives of hip and knee...

DEA Alert: Extortion Scam

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued an alert regarding registrants receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on...

HHS Report Finds Medicare Advantage Patients Disadvantaged

The New York Times reported this week that Medicare Advantage plans “have been improperly denying many medical claims to patients and physicians alike.” A report by the US Department of Health and Human Services claims the denials are an attempt to increase profits....

High School Health Care Club Checks Out Orthopaedics

The Chicago Tribune reported this week about Lyons Township High School students who observed a robotic surgery demonstration at La Grange Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago. The students, who belong to the Future Healthcare Professionals Club, were hosted by AAHKS...

Lab-Grown Knee Cartilage Trial in Canada

The Canadian television network, CTV, in Toronto reported on an international clinical trial for knee cartilage injuries taking place at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario. Surgeons collect a cartilage sample from the patient and send it to a clinic in...
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