AAOS Now, July 2014
Getting Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasties Just Right
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) was developed to bring back functionality for patients with cuff-deficient arthritic shoulders. Although the first reverse implant designs emerged in the early 1970s, it took 30-some years of perseverance on the part of forward-looking clinicians and researchers before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved RTSA for use in specific clinical situations in 2004.
AJRR Designated as Approved QCDR
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the nation’s largest orthopaedic registry, is one of 37 organizations recently designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide expanded, comprehensive medical procedure outcome information, including patient safety data.
AAOS Hosts Performance Measures Development Summit
For more than a decade, the AAOS has been involved in efforts to provide practical tools to members to improve the quality of care they provide to their patients. Those efforts are now moving into high gear, with the creation of a new Performance Measures Committee under the Council on Research and Quality (CORQ), and the announcement of a Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Performance Measures Summit, which will be held July 19, in Rosemont, Ill.
Meeting the Challenge of the Work-Life Balance
Having it all—a stellar career in orthopaedic research, a thriving clinical practice, and a fulfilling personal life—is a challenge, regardless of who you are. For women in the still male-dominated world of orthopaedic research and medicine, having it all is even more complicated.