What do we do while waiting for clinical standards?

By Michael W. Keith, MD

The nature of orthopaedic quality is changing

Orthopaedic surgeons are assessing and improving our professional practice quality. Clinical research has shown the impact of errors in medical training, management, record keeping, drug dispensing, medical decision making, and system-wide disparities. As a result, payors, governmental regulators, industry programs, and others interested in controlling healthcare costs have focused on eliminating reimbursement for poor quality care as the first step in optimizing the national healthcare budget.

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