Our orthopedics team just returned from the 2013 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Chicago. In our discussions with physicians, vendors, and administrators looking to measure the pulse of change in orthopedics, we noticed that three major topics seemed to be on everyone's mind: quality, operational improvements, and technology investments.
Read on to learn what everyone is talking about and what you need to consider when planning for the future of your orthopedic service line.
What's new in orthopedics: Top three takeaways from AAOS 2013
There is little doubt that metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant technology is problematic for both patients and the clinicians who treat them. Orthopedic leaders are shifting their focus to figure out how to best manage the health of patients who have received this technology.
Metal-on-metal management: Are you prepared?
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine examines the uncertainties that currently exist in the total joint replacement market. While it is common that patients don't know the actual cost of their hip or knee surgery (mostly because of disparate payment structures and insurance agreements), this study documents hospitals’ understanding—or lack thereof—of their charges for a total hip replacement.
Cost of a total hip replacement? Your guess is as bad as theirs