Nov. 19, 2014

President's letter
To all my friends and colleagues:

I attended OMED in Seattle, Washington, and I want to thank Dr. Bytomski for all his hard work putting together yet another successful program. I would like to recognize one of my Fellows, Dr. Brett DeGooyer for a well-received presentation on concussions and our friends from the University of Washington sports medicine department for sharing their expertise on ECG screening in athletes and sickle cell screening and treatment. It is always good to share ideas and expertise with our Osteopathic family.More

Webinars — November - December
The American Osteopathic Association is offering practice management webinars for any AOA member physicians. The upcoming webinar series includes:

Starting a Practice: How to Avoid the Pitfalls - Nov. 18, 2 p.m. CT
Are you considering starting a practice? For many physicians, the idea of opening a medical practice is very appealing. However, before a physician gets started, there are complex issues, legal and otherwise, that need to be considered. This webinar will help you recognize the issues by making your efforts more resourceful and limiting potential problems related to starting your medical practice. Register now!

PQRS: What You Need to Know and How to Report - Nov. 19, 12 p.m. CT
Failing to report for PQRS no longer means losing out on a small incentive; providers are now facing fines that, with the Value-Based Modifier program, become fairly significant. That’s why you need to understand how to report for this program with ease. In this complimentary webinar presented by Richard J. Snow, DO, and Seth Flam, DO, you’ll learn what's new for 2015, how to choose clinical quality measures, how meaningful use affects your choices, and how to report for the PQRS. This webinar is approved for AOA Category 1-A CME credit. Register now!

Key Issues to Consider When Selling and Closing Your Practice - Dec. 3, 2 p.m. CT
Are you thinking of closing or selling your practice? Doing so requires a good deal of planning and time; it cannot be done correctly without both. Where do you begin? By attending this informative webinar hosted by Jayme Matchinski, JD, you will be provided with the key issues you should take into consideration when selling or closing your practice. Register now!

2015 CPT Changes - Dec. 10, 7 p.m. CT
Join Judith O'Connell, DO as she provides an update on new codes, revisions and deletions of existing codes in the 2014 CPT manual, and explain what these changes mean to your practice. This webinar is approved for AOA Category 1-A CME credit. Register now! More

Thank you, MultiView!
A little over a year ago, AOASM was approached by MultiView to begin publishing a newsletter specific for AOASM members and the greater sports medicine community. This issue will be the last issue we will publish together. As of December, the AOASM newsletter will be published through the AOASM office, and will move from publishing every two weeks to a monthly publication schedule.

AOASM would like to thank everyone at MultiView for all your support. You have kept us on task and on time, allowing us to reach out beyond AOASM membership. Thank you to our designated MultiView staff for quickly and efficiently incorporating our content and our changes. We couldn’t have done it without you!More

Core stability: A call to action
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
“Core stability” came to the author's attention some 30 plus years ago with the popularization of pilates-type exercises. It seemed logical that a stronger “core” would provide a more stable platform for the use of muscles of the extremities and those supporting the spine. Who knew, or cared, exactly what structures made up the “core.” More strength and better fitness seemed unassailable goals. More

Anterior cruciate ligament and hamstrings: New research to guide clinical management
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Soft tissue injuries still generate much research on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Outcomes from research help clinicians with their decisions, however, there always remains more to know. Genetic variants within genes involved in fibrillogenesis have previously been implicated in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury susceptibility. More

Final Rule 2015: What PTs need to know
By Brooke Andrus
The summary of this year's Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that — among other things — we now know the details regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS, for 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here's the scoop on this year's reporting requirements. More

Research questions oxygen therapy for concussion
Some military service members who have had concussions report that intensive oxygen therapy relieved their symptoms. But new research questions the effectiveness of this treatment. Some past studies have found that this therapy significantly helped military personnel who had suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion. More

Severe concussion symptoms don't necessarily mean a longer recovery
The Legal Examiner
A recent medical study has found the severity of a child’s concussion symptoms did not necessarily explain how long it would take for these symptoms to go away. This study, if confirmed with adult populations with brain injury, has profound implications for how doctors manage concussions and traumatic brain injury patients, and how lawyers and insurance companies evaluate these cases for settlement. More

The future of treating ACL tears: Less invasive surgery
The Boston Globe
Nearly three decades ago, a man on crutches changed the course of Dr. Martha Murray’s life. The two met at a party at Stanford University, where Murray was a graduate student in engineering. They talked about the man’s recent anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tear. When he told Murray his reconstruction surgery would require a tendon graft and holes drilled into his thighbone and shinbone, she was shocked. More

Research: American doctors are 'drowning in paperwork'
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a new study, U.S. doctors spend nearly 17 percent of their working lives on nonpatient-related paperwork — time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. The findings also suggest that the more time doctors spend on such tasks, the unhappier they are about having chosen medicine as a career. This research parallels that of another recent study, which suggests that U.S. patients may face growing challenges accessing care if shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue.More

The risk of brain injuries shifts as children grow up
As children grow, they learn to crawl, to walk and then to drive. It turns out, the way they get hurt, and in particular their heads, evolves as as their forms of motion change. Small children suffer head injuries from falling, while teenagers are at risk from car accidents, assaults and sports injuries, according to a paper published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.More

Study: Teens playing through pain, not taking sports injuries seriously
A new study by national research group Safe Kids Worldwide may help explain why one child is taken to the emergency room for a sports injury every 25 seconds. The study's results show that young athletes are engaged in a dangerous culture comprised of ignoring sports injuries, and feeling pressure to play even when they're hurt. More