Published 5/1/2008
Bronwyn Barrera; Lewis Jenkins

What do you know about the PE guidelines?

Sign up now for a free Webinar on June 3

With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) preparing to eliminate payments to hospitals for additional costs in treating patients who acquire certain conditions—including pulmonary embolism (PE)—and many insurers ready to follow suit, orthopaedic surgeons need to understand and follow evidence-based guidelines to help prevent this complication of surgery.

To help increase your understanding of the AAOS Symptomatic PE Clinical Guidelines, the Academy will be hosting a free, 90-minute Webinar on Tuesday, June 3. The interactive, Web-based seminar will be moderated by Norman A. Johanson, MD, who also chaired the workgroup that developed the guidelines. The guidelines can be found on the Academy’s Web site at www.aaos.org/research/guidelines

If you have questions about the guidelines, e-mail them to peguidelines@aaos.org

The best of both worlds
Often the most beneficial aspect of an educational program is an informal conversation or an insightful answer to a question. Even though you could be sitting alone before your home or office computer, you should expect the same possibilities from this Webinar.

Faculty presentations and videos combine with live interactive polling exercises and an online question-and-answer session to give you the sense of a course, with the convenience of online viewing. It provides a comprehensive overview of the new recommendations, the rationale of an orthopaedic-focused approach, and methods for gaining hospital acceptance of this new evidence-based, risk-stratified guideline.

Participate in the audience polls, ask your questions, and get the most from the event—including up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM. Whether you tune into the live session or choose to view the program at a later date, you must complete a postevent evaluation form to receive CME credit.

Register now
Visit www.aaos.org/9321 for specific details and registration information. Once registered, you are ready to participate fully in the scheduled Webinar. Registration for the live Webinar ends May 27 at 5:00 p.m., CT.

If you are unable to participate on June 3, you haven’t missed out. The program will be posted on the Academy’s Web site and available for viewing at a later date for a fee.

The Webinar on “AAOS Guidelines: Prevention of Symptomatic Pulmonary Embolism” begins at 8:15 p.m. ET (7:15 p.m. CT; 6:15 p.m. MT; 5:15 p.m. PT) and lasts 90 minutes.

More Webinars planned
Mark your calendars…two additional Webinars will be held later this year. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, “Telling the Whole Truth: Orthopaedists as Expert Witnesses” will examine the AAOS Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, “Orthopaedists at Risk: Acceptable Conduct in Advertising and Professional Relationships” will focus on the SOPs on Advertising by Orthopaedic Surgeons and the SOPs on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest.

Watch for more information about these Webinars in upcoming issues of AAOS Now and AAOS Headline News Now.

Bronwyn Barrera is a manager in the AAOS marketing department; Lewis Jenkins is the director of marketing.