Orthopedics Today Commentary

Orthopedics Today Commentary

Expert opinion on business and clinical topics in orthopedics

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Physician payments: Health care reform uncertainties are blurring the future

Orthopedics Today, August 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Implementing controls on health care spending in the United States will become more of a priority, and we can expect more aggressive regulations…
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Doctor incentives influence numbers, specialty choices and geographic distribution

Orthopedics Today, July 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Compassion and altruistic motivations have been major incentives for students to make the required sacrifices to become physicians. In spite of…
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Rationing boards will try to reimburse for treatments with measured benefits and value

Orthopedics Today, June 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
It has been more than a year since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and it is becoming more apparent that…
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Medicare the ‘entitlement’: Finite resources require changes

Orthopedics Today, May 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
It is common knowledge that Medicare faces a grim financial future. Government officials have projected that by 2019, there will be insufficient…
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The aging orthopedic surgeon: An area we need to address before others do it for us

Orthopedics Today, April 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
We have educated ourselves and improved our ability to recognize the signs of substance abuse in our colleagues. We also realize our…
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Orthopedists, look to Texas tort reform: Loser pays legal fees

Orthopedics Today, March 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
The American judicial system differs from other democracies in the Western world in that the losing side in litigation may recover the reasonable…
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Self-referrals and conflicts of interest: 2011 will focus on reimbursement for technology and facility ownerships

Orthopedics Today, February 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
by Douglas W. Jackson, MD Physician self-referral is a term currently used in the media to imply a conflict of interest. By definition, self…
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The importance of continuing medical education: Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2011

Orthopedics Today, January 2011
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Orthopedics Today’s annual courses started for our readers in 2004 in New York. We had three successful meetings in the city and I found them to…
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‘Tis the season to celebrate compassion: The reason we became surgeons

Orthopedics Today, December 2010
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
As we come to the end of another year, it is a tradition to reflect on the past 12 months during the holiday season. For most of us during this…
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A constitutional challenge to recent health care reform: Court decision could ‘gut’ the bill as passed

Orthopedics Today, November 2010
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
A Constitutional challenge was brought forward by a number of states shortly after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…