One year ago, the San Francisco Surgery Center (SFSC) acquired the world's first MAKOplasty robots for partial joint replacements in an outpatient surgery center. Since then, surgeons at the SFSC have performed over 50 procedures using this technology. Jeff Wong, SFSC's Administrator, and orthopedic surgeon, Kevin R. Stone MD, discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating this technology into a surgery center and where they believe robotics is headed.
Here are 15 statistics comparing orthopedic surgeon compensation from 2010 to 2011. The data comes from Medscape Physician Compensation Reports 2011 and 2012, based on compensation data from the previous year. Median income declined from 2010 to 2011 and 6 percent more orthopedic surgeons said they saw a compensation decrease than reported an increase from 2010 to 2011.
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Dr. Marc J. Philippon, hip surgeon and partner at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., performed a complex surgery in Parma, Italy, to demonstrate the United States' latest surgical advancements.
Robert Knowlan, MD, and Michael Meisterling, MD, are now performing anterior hip replacement surgeries at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn., and Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, Minn.
Dr. James Caillouette talks about bundled paymentsHoag Orthopaedic Institute began doing bundled payments in 2008 with patients traveling from around the country for their orthopedic services. Most of these patients were employees of large, self-insured companies who were seeking elective procedures. James Caillouette, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Newport Orthopedic Institute and Hoag Orthopaedic Institute in Irvine, Calif., participated in the coordination of those programs and more recently sat on the advisory board for the Integrated Healthcare Association's pilot project for bundled payment in California. The programs he has been involved in include several different payors — the Blues, Cigna and Aetna — and recently an agreement was announced between Hoag Orthopaedic Institute, Aetna and technology giant McKesson for bundling knee and hip replacements.
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Patients often believe that surgeons should be paid much higher than they actually are for hip and knee replacements in Medicare patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty.
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Smith & Nephew announced a voluntary market withdrawal of the optional metal liner component of its R3 Acetabular System.
Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls recently earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for four orthopedic procedures.
Here are 17 statistics on orthopedic surgeon compensation in 2011 based on the Medscape Orthopedist Compensation Report 2012.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 12 hospitals in the state have launched a new initiative for hip and knee replacements based on a program to improve quality and reduce costs.
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