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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Practice Forward 2011

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I spoke at the AAOS annual “Practice Forward” course this past week in Chicago, giving two presentations and tweeting much of the rest of the meeting.  Below, please find the slides from my presentation on ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and the specialist.

I spoke at the AAOS annual “Practice Forward” course this past week in Chicago, giving two presentations and tweeting much of the rest of the meeting.  Below, please find the slides from my presentation on ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and the specialist.  We spent a good chunk of time discussing ACOs, bundled payments, other sorts of non-fee-for-service payment systems coming down the pike, the need to do more with less, and the opportunities and challenges ahead.  To a certain extent, the orthopedists at the meeting — including in particular John Cherf, the course director — recognize that orthopedic care may be seen as “low hanging fruit” by cost-cutters and reformers in the health care system, and that therefore they need to take the initiative and lead by developing improved collaborative care models across a broader spectrum of musculoskeletal care.

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DAVID HARLOW is Principal of The Harlow Group LLC, a health care law and consulting firm based in the Hub of the Universe, Boston, MA. His thirty years’ experience in the public and private sectors affords him a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. David is adept at assisting clients in developing new paradigms for their business organizations, relationships and processes so as to maximize the realization of organizational goals in a highly regulated environment, in realms ranging from health data privacy and security to digital health strategy to physician-hospital relationships to the avoidance of fraud and abuse. He's been called "an expert on HIPAA and other health-related law issues [who] knows more than virtually anyone on those topics.” (Forbes.com.) His award-winning blog, HealthBlawg, is highly regarded in both the legal and health policy blogging worlds. David is a charter member of the external Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network and has served as the Public Policy Chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, on the Health Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association and on the Advisory Board of FierceHealthIT. He speaks regularly before health care and legal industry groups on business, policy and legal matters. You should follow him on Twitter.
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