AAOS Now, November 2011
New pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures CPG
Fourteen recommendations, but little evidence At their meeting on Sept. 24, 2011, the AAOS Board of Directors approved a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the treatment of pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures. This is the third CPG to focus on a primarily pediatric condition. Supracondylar fractures of the humerus are widely considered to be the most common fracture of the elbow in children (Fig. 1).
AAOS opposes MedPAC’s SGR “fix”
By Richard J. Martin, JD, and Madeleine Lovette On October 6, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 15–2 in favor of adopting a proposal to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that establishes physician pay under Medicare. Under the proposal, current payment rates would remain flat for primary care physicians over the next decade and payments to specialists would be cut.
How has orthopaedics evolved?
Every 2 years, the AAOS conducts the OPUS (Orthopaedic Practice in the United States) survey. This census of AAOS members, which was last conducted in 2010, provides a comprehensive look at the practice characteristics of orthopaedists in the United States. It not only reflects the orthopaedic workforce, but also shows how the orthopaedic specialty is evolving.