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ACL Reconstruction Techniques Continue to Evolve, but Hurdles Lie Ahead

Matthew Driscoll, MD
Understanding the evolution of surgical treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injuries helps surgeons to better recognize strengths and limitations of current techniques and consider potential future advancements.

On the Horizon: NOLC Speakers Detail Changes in Payment Models

Shreyasi Deb, PhD, and Matthew Snider, Esq.
A symposium presented at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference reviewed current payment models, both in the United States and abroad, as well as possible changes on the horizon.

Surgeons Share ‘Pearls’ for Providing Disaster-relief Orthopaedics

Maureen Leahy
Orthopaedic surgeons shared their first-hand experiences with disaster response, lessons learned, and suggestions for how to respond to future disasters during a symposium on disaster-relief orthopaedics at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference.

Perspectives on Out-of-network Billing

Lee M. Reichel, MDd; Robert Strauch, MD; and Gregg Vagner, MD
Out-of-network (OoN) billing, or “surprise billing” consisting of unexpected charges for OoN services, is an increasingly recognized issue. In the past several years, some states have enacted laws to remediate the problem.

Platelet-rich Plasma: The Path Forward

Terry Stanton
For just about every orthopaedic condition, there is a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment that purports to remedy it. Yet evidence of efficacy for PRP and other blood-derived formulations remains elusive for many applications.

Academy Approves Guidelines for SSIs and Imaging Before Referral to an Oncologist

Terry Stanton
The AAOS Board of Directors has approved two systematic literature reviews: Management of Surgical Site Infections and Use of Imaging Prior to Referral to a Musculoskeletal Oncologist.

Drawing the Line on Sexual Harassment

Terry Stanton
In recognition of the importance of battling sexual harassment, AAOS devoted a full-group session during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in a symposium titled “Blurred Lines: Appropriate Behavior at Work.” Karen Michael, an attorney with expertise in employment law, training, and consulting, provided an overview of the legal environment as it pertains to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, along with guidance for fostering a workplace where all individuals are valued and their legal rights are respected.