AAOS Now, May 2016
Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care?
With just a handful of primary contests remaining and less than 200 days until the 2016 election, presidential politics remain in flux. Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have gained momentum on the Republican side, while Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) trails by a number of delegates. On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. Senator as well as Secretary of State, continue to battle for the nomination, with Sen.
Addressing the Challenges of Prior Authorization
Few issues frustrate physicians more than prior authorization, the process that requires physician offices to ask for permission from a patient's insurance company before prescribing certain medications or performing medical procedures. The time spent by staff members, physicians, and patients on persuading insurance companies to cover a procedure is not only expensive, but also may detract from patient care.
These items originally appeared in AAOS Headline News Now, a thrice-weekly enewsletter that keeps AAOS members up to date on clinical, socioeconomic, and political issues, with links to more detailed information. Subscribe at www.aaos.org/news/news.asp (member login required) Physicians have until May 15, 2016, to review and dispute reports regarding their financial interactions with drug and medical device manufacturers as reported under the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) program.
War Injury Experts Chart the Road Ahead
During the last 15 years, while our U.S. Armed Forces have fought in very remote, austere, and hostile environments, combat casualty care as practiced by U.S. Coalition Forces has reached a new pinnacle of success," said Andrew Schmidt, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and cochair of the eleventh annual Extremity War Injuries (EWI) Symposium.