AAOS Now, July 2009
National joint registry legislation introduced
Intent is positive, but proposal has drawbacks A bill to create a government-run joint registry program has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The “National Knee and Hip Replacement Registry Act of 2009,” sponsored by Reps. William Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), would establish the registry within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Medicare scam alert
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently notified physicians of a phone/fax scam in which perpetrators attempt to obtain the physician’s account information. The perpetrators pose as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor and fax the physician’s office. The fax instructs physician staff to respond to a questionnaire to provide an account information update within 48 hours to prevent a gap in Medicare payments.
AAOS adopts new clinical guidelines
At its meeting on June 19, 2009, the AAOS Board of Directors adopted new clinical guidelines on the treatment of pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures. The new guidelines are available on the AAOS Web site (www.aaos.org/guidelines). The guidelines were developed by a work group led by Mininder Kocher, MD, and Ernest Sink, MD. AAOS Guideline Oversight chairs William C. Watters III, MD, and Michael Keith, MD, congratulate their efforts.