AAOS Now, July 2010
Closing the TJA gender gap
Gender disparities in total joint arthroplasty Two patients—one male, one female, both with osteoarthritis of the knee and with identical clinical scenarios of chronic knee pain—visit their primary care provider. The man is referred to an orthopaedist for a possible arthroplasty. The woman is given prescriptions for an analgesic and physiotherapy. Is this appropriate care—or does it demonstrate a gender disparity?
Has MOM worn out its welcome?
Recently, the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued an alert on metal-on-metal (MOM) hip devices. That prompted AAOS Now to contact several prominent joint replacement specialists to discuss the use of MOM in hip resurfacing and hip replacement and how to address the issue with patients. AAOS Now editorial board member Victor Goldberg, MD, served as moderator; joining him were Robert L. Barrack, MD; John M. Cuckler, MD; Joshua J. Jacobs, MD; William J.
Congress passes 6-month “fix”
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, the President had just signed into law the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act (HR 3962). The legislation provides for a 2.2 percent update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment rates for services provided on or after June 1, 2010, through Nov. 30, 2010.