Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AAOS conference on joint repair: closed meeting to Consumers


AAOS Opens in NOLA With Joint Repair Topping Agenda
Published: Mar 10, 2014  FiDA highlight
By Sarah Wickline , Staff Writer, MedPage Today
NEW ORLEANS -- An appearance by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (R) is among the highlights of this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which begins here Tuesday and runs through Saturday.
Jindal will address the meeting on Wednesday. He is a former assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
AAOS President Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, is also excited about the 825 papers, 569 posters, 217 instructional courses, and more than 88 scientific exhibits being presented at this year's meeting.
Live streaming of 13 symposia via webcasts will be available on demand through March 23.
Featured symposia to catch either in person or via webcast include "Lessons on the Outcomes of ACL Reconstruction Surgery from International Registries," "Tips, Tricks, and Technical Pearls," "Hot Topics and Controversies in Shoulder Surgery," "The Multiple Ligament Injured and Dislocated Knee," and "Complex Skeletal Reconstruction in Infection, Post Trauma, and Tumor."
A last-minute addition to the schedule, the "Health Care Reform: How Can We Adapt?" symposium, will start at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. At the same time, "Can We Improve Surgical Outcomes for Orthopaedic Patients? A Compelling Need for Change," will be moderated by James H. Herndon, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
There will also be "Ask an Expert" sessions for attendees to pick the brains of leaders in hip and knee, spine, hand and elbow, trauma, shoulder, tumor, foot and ankle, hand, pediatric, and sports medicine orthopedic surgery.
A special electronic skills pavilion will provide attendees with a chance to learn about the latest technology and applications to help further their practice. Several presentations will focus on social media, managing reputations on the Internet, marketing, and privacy in the realm of medical health apps.

The AAOS tradition of hosting a Guest Nation will continue this year, with France as this year's guest.
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Consumers Union media at New Orleans airport baggage claim

Consumers Union Safe Patient Project will be outside the convention to elicit opinions/support of orthopedic surgeons about/for warranty on implanted joint products.  Please text your thoughts to 30644 
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The text reads:  The safest, most successful surgeries happen when physicians and patients team up as active partners.  Which means plenty of candid questions and honest answers from each.  Bone up on patient safety at orthoinfo.org/patientsafety.  A public service message from American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon, who remind patients and doctors that communication is the best medicine.

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