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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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Data Shows Declining Opioid Prescriptions

New data from IQVIA Institute for Data Science, a health information company, shows a continued decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed last year. CNBC reported that “the number of prescriptions accelerated its decline in 2017, with an even faster drop for high doses.” In a statement released this week, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, chair of the AMA Opioid… Read More

Orthopaedists Would Do It All Again

Medscape has released its Physician Compensation Report 2018 that breaks out survey responses of over 20,000 physicians in 29 specialties. According to the report, “The average overall physician salary – including primary care and specialties – is $299,000.” One of the survey questions asked specialists if they would “choose the same specialty” if they had a choice to… Read More

New Data Shows Canadian Wait Times Increasing

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released new data this week that shows wait times for hip and knee replacement surgeries increased in 2017. The data shows 76 percent of patients had hip replacement surgery within the recommended six months in 2017 as compared with 81 percent in 2015. For knee replacement surgery, the percentages were 69 and… Read More

What Patients are Watching: Orthopaedic Residents on Ellen

Mayo Clinic orthopaedic surgery residents Elvis L. Francois, MD and William A. Robinson, MD were guests of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after their video covering “Alright” by Mike Yung went viral. The fellow residents posted their video to social media featuring Dr. Francois on vocals and Dr. Robinson on piano. They wanted to motivate their patients to help… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Baby Boomer Expectations after TJA

The Boston Globe published an article this week on the increasing number of hip and knee replacements being performed in the United States and how the Baby Boomer generation makes up a large number of these. The article covers what reasonable expectations there are to return to activities that patients enjoyed prior to surgery. “The surgical surge has… Read More

Britain’s Prince Philip Recovering from THR

The Huffington Post reported that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, received a total hip replacement at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London this week at the age of 96. The article stated that “the Duke had been suffering with ‘acute’ pain in his hip for a number of weeks and it comes after he cancelled a series… Read More

What Patients are Viewing: Patient Live Tweets during THR

A British hip patient took to social media before, during and after his hip replacement surgery. While under twilight anesthesia, the 55-year old tweeted his reaction to the surgery environment. According to the Shropshire Star, “[The Tweets] were shared on the hospital’s Facebook page, in a post that was viewed by almost 11,000 people. Many people also commented… Read More

JAMA Editorial Suggests TJR Cost Savings

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) Viewpoint section, “Hip and Knee Replacements: A Neglected Potential Savings Opportunity,” suggests that “overutilization and overpricing of hip and knee replacements” need to be addressed by the U.S. health care system. HealthCareDive cites other studies that have examined costs, bundles and patient education as other ways… Read More

AMA Invites You to Share Your Story

“End the Epidemic,” the American Medical Association’s (AMA) website for physicians helping to battle the opioid crisis, contains resources that include recommendations, CME, and task force reports. The AMA is also inviting physicians to share personal accounts of how their practices are responding to the crisis. Visit www.end-opioid-epidemic.org.

AHA Asks CMS to Delay BPCI-Advanced Deadline

Modern Healthcare reported that the American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “make available more information by March 1 and then delay the application deadline from March 12 to April 16” for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model. The AHA letter cited the need for more details and… Read More