Editors Choice

Editors' Choice articles & Announcements from the Orthogate Team.

Findings published in the April 15 issue of the Journal of the AAOS suggest that routine radiographs rarely affect management of atraumatic shoulder pain, particularly among younger patients. Members of the research team conducted a diagnostic study of 343 patients. 

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Medscape has released its 2018 Physician Compensation Report. The report finds the mean compensation for orthopaedic surgeons to be $497,000, second to plastic surgeons at $501,000. 

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A study published in the April issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that online physician reviews may often be affected by factors outside the control of the physician. The authors compared Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey (PSS) scores for 98 physicians who had negative online reviews against 82 matched physicians who had no negative online reviews. 

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A study published in the April issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that integrating patient partners into ambulatory care quality improvement (QI) teams may help improve patients’ experience with care. 

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A research letter from a study conducted in the United Kingdom and published in the March 27, 2018, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that close contact casting or surgical treatment of unstable ankle fracture may offer equivalent ankle function for older adults. 

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A study published online in the journal Orthopedics examines trends in Medicare reimbursement for orthopaedic procedures. The researchers reviewed the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Current Procedural Terminology code values for common orthopaedic and nonorthopaedic procedures from 2000 to 2016, and adjusted all prices to 2016-dollar values. 

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According to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, malnutrition identified by increasing severity of hypoalbuminemia may be associated with poorer outcomes in the 30 days following hip fracture surgery. 

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Findings from a preliminary study published in the March 21 JBJS suggest that vancomycin powder may be effective for reducing risk of surgical site infection (SSI) following surgery for early-onset scoliosis, even when previous surgeries have been performed without it. 

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According to a study published in the March issue of the journal Arthroscopy, arthroscopic treatment may not reduce or delay the need for arthroplasty for knee osteoarthritis (OA) but could help relieve symptoms compared to conservative treatment. 

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According to a study published online in The Journal of Arthroplasty, use of the Outpatient Arthroplasty Risk Assessment (OARA) screening tool may help identify candidates for safe and early discharge following total hip arthroplasty (THA). 

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