October 2009 Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

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Orthopedic Practice Administrators Salaries: Current Observations, Trends and Best Practices

Surveys show that compensation for orthopedic practice administrators varies widely, depending on years of experience, size of the group and many subjective criteria of each practice...

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5 Best Practices for Preparing for the Future: What Your Orthopedic and Spine Practice Should Do to Thrive Now and After the Recession

Now is a good time for practices with a leaner appointment book to assess their needs and decide how to position the practice for the future. Here are five best practices to follow that will help your...

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15 Great Hip Specialists to Know

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. Bush-Joseph is an arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, located in Chicago, where he...

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Dr. Timothy Kremchek Shares Insight on How to Develop a Strong Community Presence for an Orthopedic Practice

Physicians and the services their practices provide frequently become cornerstones of their communities. This is especially true of orthopedic physicians, who often care for high school athletes and other...

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Providing Quality Spine Care at a Reduced Cost: The Impact of ASC-Based Spine Surgery

There is an increasing interest in the United States to provide quality healthcare at a lower cost. As lawmakers and consumers look for ways to reduce healthcare costs while maintaining high-level patient...

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ASC Spine Surgery Benchmarking Data

Here is the average time spent in convalescent care unit, post-anesthesia care unit and operating room for a number of spine procedures performed in the ASC setting, according to a study...

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Biomet CEO: Reformers Appear to be Biased Against Orthopedists, Other Specialists

The Obama administration and Congress appear to be "convinced" that orthopedic surgeons and other specialists are overpaid and drive up the cost of healthcare without improving outcomes...

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Charles Saltzman Installed as President of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Charles L. Saltzman, MD, was installed as the president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society on July 17 at the society's 25th annual meeting, according to an AOFAS news release. Dr. Saltzman...

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Study: After-Hours Orthopedic Surgery has Slightly Higher Risks Than Daytime Surgery

A new study indicates that it would be better, when possible, for nighttime orthopedic surgeries to wait until morning, when surgeons are fully rested, according to a release from the American Academy...

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16 Great Orthopedic and Spine Practice Administrators

Matthew Bible (Orthopaedic Associates, Oklahoma City, Okla.). Mr. Bible is the administrator of Orthopaedic Associates, a 10-surgeon practice in Oklahoma City, Okla...

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Orthopedic and Spine Medical Malpractice Costs and Trends: Q & A with Patrick Sedlak and Mark Aldous of Marsh USA

High malpractice insurance costs and tort reform are hot topics for all physicians, especially for orthopedic and spine surgeons. Here, Patrick Sedlak and Mark Aldous, both senior vice...

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AAOS Advocacy Chair Outlines Health Reform and Other Federal Policy Debates Facing Orthopedics and Healthcare

Many aspects of the current healthcare system could possibly undergo seismic changes as Congress considers healthcare reform. These Olympian struggles are being closely monitored by Peter Mandell, MD...

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NASS Expresses Concern Over House Healthcare Bill

The North American Spine Society sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House leaders expressing its concern over HR 3200, the House's healthcare reform bill, according to an...

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Using Benchmarking Surveys to Improve Patient Satisfaction in Orthopedic Practices

For orthopedic practices, the quality of the overall experience of their patients is of utmost importance. However, with the rapid pace of everyday operations and the myriad responsibilities physicians...

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18 Hospitals and Clinics With Great Neurosurgery Programs

Here are 18 hospitals and clinics with great neurosurgery programs...

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Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Pinzur of Loyola University Health System Shares the Best Advice He Ever Received

Michael S. Pinzur, MD, has been an orthopedic surgeon for more than 25 years and specializes in foot and ankle surgery. Currently, he practices with Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., and...

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Standing Out In a Competitive Surgery Center Market: It’s All About the Patient

Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center in Warner Robins, Ga., is an orthopedic- and spine-focused surgery center that has established itself as a successful organization in the highly competitive...

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