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January 2020 - AOC Connect

January 2020 - AOC Connect
January 15, 2020 | Issue 10
To respect and improve the national academic landscape by freely providing best practice in business and leadership content to as many academic faculty leaders and administrators as possible to optimize their performance and that of the musculoskeletal enterprises they manage."
Please join us in welcoming the following members who joined the AOC in November and December:

Samuel Adams, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
Ned Amendola, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University
Ferhan Asghar, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; University of Cincinnati 
David Attarian, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; Duke University 
Karl Bilderback, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; LSU Health Shreveport 
Michael Bolognesi, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
Barton Branam, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; University of Cincinnati 
Mark Easley, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
Robert Fitch, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
Chancellor Gray, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon; University of Florida Gainesville 
Lisa Lattanza, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chair; Yale
Kellie Leitch, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; University of Mississippi 
Kevin McGuire, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Liana Nash, General Admin Team, University of Wisconsin 
John Neilson, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Chief; Medical College of Wisconsin 
Selene Parekh, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
David Ruch, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; Duke University 
Michael Sparks, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 
Scott Steinmann, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chair; University of Tennessee
Ben Stronach, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chief; University of Mississippi 
Carrie Welkis, Clinical Operations Manager, Emory 
Julie Zetterman, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Nebraska

Jaimo Ahn, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Faculty; University of Pennsylvania 
Christopher Ault, Chief Administrative Officer – Emeritus, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 
Allen Bible, Hospital Service Line Manager, Other 
Eric Bluman, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon - Vice Chair; Harvard University/Brigham and Women's 
Lindsey Bussom, Clinical Operations Manager, Geisinger Health System 
Artina Dawkins, General Admin Team, Wake Forest University 
Marlene Hester, General Admin Team, Wake Forest University 
Daniel Hinely, Clinical Operations Manager, Wake Forest University 
William Hyncik, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Amanda Jackson, Clinical Operations Manager, Other 
Devon Jackson, Clinical Ops Team, Duke University 
Sandra Jarrett, Clinical Operations Manager, Wake Forest University
David Jevsevar, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon – Chair; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 
Hanna Klein, General Admin Team, University of Florida Jacksonville 
Cindy Livingston, General Admin Team, Wake Forest University 
Archana Menon, Clinical Operations Manager, University of Chicago
Lisa Thornton, Clinical Operations Manager, Wake Forest University 
Angela Williams, Clinical Operations Manager, Wake Forest University 
David Wilson, Clinical Operations Manager, Wake Forest University 
University of Rochester Plans $240 Million Orthopaedics Campus to Expand Surgical, Outpatient Care
Patients with bone and joint conditions could receive treatment at one of the most comprehensive centers for orthopaedic surgery and outpatient care in the United States upon completion of a medical campus to be built alongside The Marketplace Mall, in a project plan announced today by the University of Rochester.

The UR Medicine Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center would be the biggest offsite building project in University of Rochester history, covering approximately 330,000 square feet. 
Paul T. Rubery, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Marjorie Strong Wehle Professor of Orthopaedics, said the project is an opportunity to build a center that’s not only right-sized for patient volumes, but also expands on treatment options and convenience for patients.

“We’re seeing patients of all ages – from infants to people in their 90s and older – who need our care to keep their bones and joints healthy so they can remain as active and well as possible,” Rubery said. “This project answers an urgent, unmet need for patients: faster access to surgery and provider appointments, a convenient location, and a campus and treatment space designed precisely for their needs. We understand our patients’ challenges with painful orthopaedic conditions, and the difficulty many of them have in walking. This campus will be built with our patients’ specific needs in mind. It will employ design strategies to make navigating the space as easy and comfortable as possible.”

Penn Medicine Named Official Health System of the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center
Penn Medicine and Comcast Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based professional sports and live entertainment company, today announced a major partnership making Penn Medicine the official health system for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center. Penn Medicine will also become the team’s official medical services provider, including on-ice, orthopaedic, and general practice, as well as the preferred provider for Comcast Spectacor front office employees.

A team of Penn Medicine physicians, led by Gary Dorshimer, MD, section chief of General Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Brian Sennett, MD, chief of Sports Medicine and vice chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, will be at the ready to care for the Flyers players on the ice at each home game.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to provide care for a premier professional sports team like the Philadelphia Flyers, which includes some of the world's most elite athletes," said Sennett.

100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs | 2019
The hospitals featured on Becker's Hospital Review's 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs list for 2019 have earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery. Over half are members of the AOC!

AOC recipients include: Atrium Health, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Scottish Rite, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Duke, Emory, HSS, Houston Methodist, Indiana University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, USC, Loyola, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, MUSC Health, New England Baptist Hospital, New York-Presbyterian, Northwell Health, Northwestern Medicine, NYU Langone Health, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OHSU, Penn Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Rothman, Rush, UCLA, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Stanford Health Care, Stony Brook University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, UC Davis Medical Center, UCHealth University of Colorado, UChicago Medicine, UCSF Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, University of Kansas Hospital, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Tennessee Medical Center, University of Virginia Medical Center, University Hospital-Michigan Medicine, University of Utah Hospital, UPMC, UR Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UW Health - Madison, UW Medical Center - Seattle, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, VCU Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Yale New Haven.

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Leapfrog announces 2019 Top Hospitals

The highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are recognized annually with the prestigious Leapfrog Top Hospital award. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other laudable qualities. Hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an A in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible. 

AOC recipients include: Stanford Health Care, Loyola, Brigham and Women's, Penn State, St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem, and University of Virginia Medical Center.

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AAOS awards highest honor to Dr. Dana Covey
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recognized Dana Covey, MD, with its highest honor for his contributions to the orthopedic community and its patients and/or the American public. The William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award honors former AAOS CEO and orthopedic surgeon Dr. William W. Tipton Jr.
Dr. Covey served in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, retiring at the rank of captain. He served as the chairman of orthopedic surgery at San Diego-based Naval Medical Center. He currently is a clinical professor at UC San Diego.

HSS set to open location in West Palm Beach this month; appoints Dr. Peter Asnis of Mass General to become medical director
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery hired Massachusetts General Hospital Chief of Sports Medicine Peter Asnis, MD, to lead the medical team at its campus in Florida.

Read more about the West Palm Beach location >>

Read more about the appointment of Dr. Peter Asnis >>
Tulane Health System names new VP of orthopedics, surgery
Tulane Health System has promoted Ben Hughes to vice president of orthopedics and surgery for Tulane Health System, where he will lead growth, service and operational initiatives for the service lines.

Hughes joined Tulane Medical Center in 2016 as the practice manager of the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine (TISM). He was then promoted to director of ambulatory clinics in 2018 with operational oversight of  TISM, Tulane orthopedics, the Tulane Professional Athlete Care Team clinic, the Tulane Dermatology Clinic and the Tulane Pulmonary Clinic.

UAMS names Dr. Thomas Frazier chair in hand and upper extremity surgery
Orthopedic surgeon Thomas Frazier, MD, was appointed chair in hand and upper extremity surgery Dec. 19 at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, reports The Cabin.

76ers, Rothman Institute sign multi-year extension of marketing partnership
The Philadelphia-based specialty physician practice will continue to be the presenting sponsor for a variety of programs and events.

14 notable orthopaedic practices that expanded in 2019
Of the 14 orthopaedic practices that expanded in 2019, the following were members of the AOC: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Rothman Orthopaedics, and OrthoVirginia.

State-by-state breakdown of the 183 new ASCs opened or announced in 2019
More than 180 ASCs, including those at UC Davis, UC Health, Yale, Orlando Health, University of Miami, University of Illinois at Chicago, IU Health, University of Kansas Health System, Northwell Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, UNC Health Care, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and VUMC, have opened or been announced since January 2019.

Orlando Health acquires local orthopedic firm, to build $250 million downtown hospital
Orlando Health is preparing to build a first-of-its kind hospital at its downtown campus. The $3.8 billion nonprofit health care system will break ground in late spring on the $250 million Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Hospital, after acquiring Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic for an undisclosed sum, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Orlando Health is expected to complete the up to 75-bed hospital at the southeast corner of Lucerne Terrace and Columbia Street in 2023.

The College Park Skyhawks and Emory Healthcare form partnership
The College Park Skyhawks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, have named Emory Healthcare as the official team health care provider. 

New tech to reduce infection in joint replacement surgery: Dr. Ryan Nunley
Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Dr. Ryan Nunley, Associate Professor, Washington University Orthopedics, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri to know more about the challenges associated with surgical site infection in joint replacement procedures.

What success in spine will look like in 2020 from 3 surgeons
Three spine surgeons, including Scott Boden, MD (Emory) and Nick Shamie, MD (UCLA) (pictured left to right)discuss the big trends in spine today and how their practices will likely change next year.

Biologics Alliance™ Initiates Collaboration Within Orthopaedics Community 
For the first time, The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) and the ON Foundation have collaborated to form The Biologics Alliance (BA)TM, an orthopaedic organization dedicated to providing one voice for all matters on musculoskeletal biologics and regenerative medicine.

The BA Board of Directors includes:
  • Brian Cole, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Chairman and Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Rush
  • Jason Dragoo, M.D., (Co-Chairman of the Alliance), Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Endowed Chair of Regenerative Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Christian Lattermann, M.D., Chief of Sports Medicine and Director, Cartilage Repair Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School
  • Bert Mandelbaum, M.D., (Co-Chair of the Alliance), Co-Chair, Medical Affairs Cedars Sinai Kerlan Jobe Institute, Co-Director, Sports Medicine Cedars Sinai Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Louis McIntyre, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Northwell Health Physicians Partners Orthopaedic Institute
  • Norimasa Nakamura, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Osaka University Hospital in Osaka, Japan
  • Scott Rodeo, M.D., Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • John Tokish, M.D., Senior Associate Consultant; Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Ken Zaslav, M.D., Chief of Orthobiologics: OrthoVirginia

Medacta, Geisinger expand lifetime guarantee of total hip, knee replacement surgeries
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and Medacta are extending their lifetime guarantee for total hip and knee replacement surgeries to include revision knee surgeries. Read more >>
Hospital for Special Surgery aims to develop new method to calculate spine curvature
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery is enrolling patients for a 3D imaging to develop maps of the spine in scoliosis patients. Read more >>
CMS rules set 'dangerous precedent' for specialty reimbursement, AAOS president says
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons takes issue with several changes in CMS' recently released final rules, according to a statement from AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD. Read more >>
AAOS critical of bipartisan surprise billing legislation
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have come together to propose new surprise billing legislation: the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. The new legislation would create a dispute resolution system to replace balance billing with arbitration. The bill includes the Independent Dispute Resolution and a lowered threshold for accessing the process, which American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons President Kristy Weber, MD, supports in a statement. Read more >>
Worldwide hip replacement market could reach $10.5B by 2026: 4 things to know
The global hip replacement market is projected to be worth $10.51 billion by the end of 2026, up from $7.13 billion in 2018, according to Fortune Business Insights. Read more >>
Hospitals and health systems: 6 trends and issues
This article discusses the current state and issues of hospitals and health systems for several different areas. Read more >>
Medicare's bundled payments cut joint replacement spending by 1.6% — 5 study takeaways
Researchers found that Medicare's voluntary bundled payments for joint replacement surgery lowered spending without compromising quality, Health Affairs reports. Read more >>
Oprah Winfrey Says 1 Decision Separates People Who Achieve Success From Those Who Only Dream

Success often springs from new: new opportunities, new ideas, new perspectives, new connections, new ventures …

Achieving what you want to achieve often requires embarking on a new journey, bridging the gap from here, where you are today, to there, where you want to someday be. 

But sometimes success can come not from adding something new but from eliminating something old. 

With respect to faculty recruitment, it is apparent that in academics we mainly hire each other’s graduates. And we pay for expensive ads and recruitment firms to make these connections!

The AOC lets all Departments post jobs they are recruiting directly to the AOC Job Listings site at no cost for up to 1 year!

Examples of the job postings include, but are not limited to:
  • Physicians (Orthopaedic, Primary Care, Podiatry, Physiatry)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Chief Administrative Officers
  • Clinical Operations Managers
  • Finance Managers
Below are current openings posted on the AOC Job Listings site:
Business & Leadership Symposium November 6-7, 2020 (Click here or on the image below to view the PDF and Draft Agenda)

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Upcoming Webinars (Click here or on the image to download the PDF)
Please send your Department’s important accomplishments, news, and updates to Tiffany at [email protected].

Tiffany A. Nickel
Communications Specialist, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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