The trends orthopedic surgeons hope disappear in 2024


Some healthcare trends are best left in the past. 

Two orthopedic surgeons connected with Becker's to answer, "What healthcare trend are you hoping disappears in 2024?"

Ask Orthopedic Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting orthopedic care. We invite all orthopedic surgeon and specialist responses.

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Please send responses to Riz Hatton at by 5 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 25.

Note: These responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Aimee Hachigian-Gould, MD. Orthopedic Surgeon (Ulm, Mont.): Replacing physicians in corporate healthcare systems with mid-levels who are allowed to call themselves "doctor."

David Kalainov, MD. Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago): I am hoping for three things to disappear in 2024: 1) private equity physician noncompete clauses in employment contracts; 2) routine insurance utilization review; 3) wasteful spending in healthcare.

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