AAOS Now, January 2011
New guideline on rotator cuff problems
Board approves “Optimizing the Management of Rotator Cuff Problems” Rotator cuff disease ranks among the most prevalent of musculo-skeletal disorders. Previous studies in both cadavers and patient populations have found the prevalence of rotator cuff tears may exceed 50 percent in individuals older than age 65. Given that this age group is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, rotator cuff disease is poised to become an even more significant problem in the future.
Common sense or unreasonable boycotts?
Two sides to antitrust legislation as it applies to physicians The good news? Antitrust laws are designed to protect physicians as consumers. The bad news: Antitrust laws are not designed to protect physicians as sellers of professional services. That was the message delivered by Robert Canterman, staff attorney at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the two agencies charged with enforcing antitrust laws.
Congress delays SGR cuts for a full year
Is a permanent solution possible? In 2010, Congress voted to override cuts to Medicare payments to physicians five times. In 2011, doctors hope that Congress will only vote once—on a permanent fix to the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has calculated continued reductions in physician payments since 2002. Orthopaedic surgeon Sen. John A. Barrasso, MD (R-Wyo.