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Do it like Disney: Developing Orthopedic Centers of Excellence

May 25, 2016 by Maeghan Nicholson

I just returned from attending the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) Annual Congress, which this year was held on site at Walt Disney World. It got me thinking about what kind of lessons orthopedic programs can learn from the “house of mouse.”The Walt Disney Company is the proud owner of one of the most successful brands...[read more]

Lessons on Building a Great Ortho Team from The Avengers

May 12, 2016 by Maeghan Nicholson

Although it may seem crazy, orthopedic teams can actually learn a lot from Marvel’s hit comic book series and movie franchise “The Avengers.” The comic books and movies explore what happens when some of the world’s best superheroes join forces to fight for good. Each Avenger brings something unique to the table in terms of power, skill and expertise, and this is exactly how you should approach the process for building your orthopedic team.[read more]

What Orthopedic Patients Want this Holiday Season

December 10, 2015 by Maeghan Nicholson

As an orthopedic patient, my Christmas wishlist is fairly specific this year. My knee replacement surgery is right around the corner and I could use a little holiday magic to make sure the experience goes well. Here are 7 things I’m hoping for...[read more]

Use The Force: 4 Ways to Improve Orthopedic Service Lines

November 3, 2015 by Maeghan Nicholson

While you may have a hard time getting patients to camp out weeks in advance to be first in line for your orthopedic services, there are still lessons that can be learned from the Star Wars franchise. Use these four tips to stay away from the “dark side” and champion an orthopedic service line that will improve both program value and patient outcomes.[read more]

When Is External Peer Review The Right Choice For Hospitals?

October 20, 2015 by Josh Nelson

The term "peer review" makes people think about picking up a chart, opening it, looking at the documentation, asking questions, and assessing it. However, peer review is much more. It is a truly professional review by a peer or body of peers that monitors both physician competence and professional conduct in order to promote the highest...[read more]

What Payers Seek from Orthopedic Destination Centers

May 2, 2015 by Maeghan Nicholson

Mark Xistris is Vice President, Business Development & Provider Relations for The Alliance, a not-for-profit member cooperative of more than 240 self-funded employers and insurance trusts. We interviewed him to get a payer’s perspective on orthopedic destination centers of excellence.[read more]

Collecting Data Is Imperative for Surgeons: A Talk with Dr. David Fisher

January 29, 2015 by Maeghan Nicholson

Dr. David Fisher is an orthopaedic surgeon from Indianapolis with more than 28 years of experience. Dr. Fisher is devoted to providing the best possible service to his patients and has maintained a massive outcomes data repository throughout his career. We interviewed him on his dedication to data.[read more]

Insurance Verification and Pre-certification: Two Separate Issues

December 11, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Insurance verification and pre-certification are two issues in orthopedic practices that can affect reimbursements. Implementing strategic changes in the business processes related to these areas can enhance the bottom line of any practice.[read more]

Orthopaedic Medicine Vital to Addressing Musculoskeletal Disorders [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 14, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Musculoskeletal disorders

The orthopaedic medicine market is one that is poised for intense growth over the next 10 years, with inpatient orthopaedic volume expected to grow 15%, and 28% for outpatient orthopaedics, according to the Advisory Board. This infographic illustrates some of the major musculoskeletal disorder trends in the U.S.[read more]

Orthopedic Revenue Cycle Management: Two Major Concerns (and How to Fix Them)

August 13, 2014 by Andy Salmen

As anybody involved with revenue management will attest to, revenue cycle management is a crucial element for a physician office operation. Ensuring smooth revenue management processes ensures a well-focused, effective, efficient practice. Here are two chief concerns a practice can face and how to fix them.[read more]


5 Breakthrough Technologies in Orthopedic Rehabilitation

July 8, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Orthopedic rehabilitation is a constantly evolving field. Advances in science and an increasingly better understanding of orthotics have allowed doctors and other medical professionals to give patients more advanced rehab options.[read more]

5 Benefits of Orthopedic Group Purchasing

June 12, 2014 by Andy Salmen

For decades, hospitals have used the advantages of group purchasing to leverage their combined purchasing power to receive significant discounts and realize tremendous efficiencies and savings. Today, the convergence of multiple factors has led to the extension of this group purchasing model throughout the healthcare industry.[read more]