Orthopedics Today Commentary

Orthopedics Today Commentary

Expert opinion on business and clinical topics in orthopedics

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Health care is moving toward a single-payer system

Orthopedics Today, April 2013
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
A single payer for health care is a funding mechanism where one entity not only collects health care fees and premiums, but is also the payer for all…
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A common educational experience brings us together, builds collegiality

Orthopedics Today, March 2013
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
While flying back to the mainland from Orthopedics Today Hawaii, I reminisced about the many memorable interactions I had had with some of the more…
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Results have not been transparent in Medicare and Medicaid fraud

Orthopedics Today, February 2013
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
As physicians, we are aware that Medicare fraud occurs when an individual or corporation collects money from the Medicare program illegitimately or…
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We want patient-friendly care

Orthopedics Today, January 2013
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
On a recent Saturday afternoon, I had an experience that made me appreciate and marvel at the delivery of patient-friendly care. There was no 4-hour…
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If your children want to become physicians, then encourage them

Orthopedics Today, December 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
December is a special month to reflect, celebrate and spend more time with our family and others close to us. Each year as we prepare the December…
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Successful surgical outcomes are influenced by factors other than the surgeon

Orthopedics Today, November 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
After following many patients for more than 30 years, I have become more aware of factors other than surgical skill that, at times, contributed to…
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Orthopedists need to be realistic about stem cells and FDA regulations

Orthopedics Today, October 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
There have been ongoing debates and discussions among cellular biologists, scientists and physicians as to the potential risks of not regulating the…
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Maxims offer orthopedic wisdom and share fundamental principles of patient care

Orthopedics Today, September 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Maxims are succinct, make relevant points and are full of wisdom. When we entered medicine, the first maxim we heard was, “Primum non…
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Device taxes: Orthopedists need to understand the broader implications

Orthopedics Today, July 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Implementation of a new medical device excise taxes provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are on the horizon for…
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Court’s decision will not solve the need for further health care reform

Orthopedics Today, May 2012
Douglas W. Jackson, MD
Next month, the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the associated mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It…