AAOS Now, May 2010
Reverse vs. hemi for 4-part humeral fractures
Patient selection, technique are key to success Hemiarthroplasty (HA) has traditionally been the treatment of choice for elderly patients with four-part proximal humeral fractures. In recent years, however, reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) has been explored as an alternative to HA in these instances. The 2010 American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Specialty Day symposium, “Reverse vs.
TO covers synthetic bone void fillers
Investigates research on clinical indications During its March 2010 meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors approved a new technology overview (TO) on synthetic bone void fillers. Kristy L. Weber, MD, chair of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment, and Technology, presented the document, which was developed by a physician workgroup under the direction of the Guidelines & Technology Oversight Committee.
Yet another short-term fix
On April 15, 2010, Congress approved and President Obama signed the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010.” This law delays a scheduled 21.2 percent reduction in Medicare physician reimbursements until June 1, 2010. The Senate vote was 59 to 38; the House passed the measure by a vote of 289 to 112, and the president quickly signed the bill into law. The law is retroactive to April 1, 2010, when the cuts were due to go into effect.