AAOS Now, March 2019
Prevention, Early Treatment Is Critical When Treating Frostbite Injuries
This article is part one in a series about frostbite injuries. Part two will appear in the April issue and will focus on use of modern imaging for detailed assessment of the depth of damage, more advanced thrombolytic treatment for tissue salvage, and treatment of late sequelae of deep frostbite injuries. Frostbite results in a wide range of injuries and can be devastating in its extreme forms. Damage begins when soft tissue is exposed to temperatures below its freezing point of –0.
New Guidance Attempts to Resolve Confusion Regarding the Removal of TKA from IPO List
On Jan. 8, in a major win for AAOS’ advocacy efforts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued unprecedented guidance to help resolve confusion regarding the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list. The 2018 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule included a policy change allowing for payment of TKA procedures in either the hospital inpatient or outpatient setting.