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The Rise of Open Access Journals Is Marred by Predatory Journals

Eeric Truumees, MD
“The rise of predatory journals in [the] internet era gave birth [to] another problem of searching relevant authentic information in a vast sea of heavily contaminated, fake, plagiarized, or manipulated data in the name of biomedical researches,” according to an article by Sharma and Verma. Increasingly, free, open access, full-text articles present themselves during such searches. “Can we trust them?” Dr. Truumees considers.

Mentorship Program for Veterans Builds Lives and Congressional Relationships

Kristen Coultas and Fred Essis
The 2018 midterm election was considered historic for many reasons and for many groups of people. For veterans, it represented the largest wave of former service members seeking office in nearly a decade. This new cadre of veteran lawmakers could help increase bipartisanship on Capitol Hill and promote the importance of veteran-support programs.

Is ‘Insurance Only’ Billing Advisable?

Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA, and Patricia Hofstra, JD
Surgeons instructing billing staff to bill “insurance only” is a scenario that is all too common in orthopaedic practices. And, in most circumstances, it puts surgeons and practices in jeopardy.

ABOS Launches Web-based ‘Open Book’ MOC Pathway

Terry Stanton
With the new year comes the implementation of the new Knowledge Assessment pathway in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). The Web-based Longitudinal Assessment program allows currently ABOS Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeons (Diplomates) to pursue and fulfill MOC Part III requirements through completion of a single annual assessment using a web-based interface to answer questions on a computer or laptop.

Nearly 265 Hours of CME Content Coming Soon via the Academy’s Orthopaedic Video Theater

The longstanding Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) Plus collection on video.aaos.org soon will include more than 800 orthopaedic surgical technique videos. Now, more than 300 OVT Plus videos will include continuing medical education (CME) opportunities. At 0.75 credits per program, this offering amounts to nearly 265 hours of CME now available free to AAOS members as a benefit of all levels of membership.