Ethics and Professionalism

All Literature Presentations Resources
The Effect of an Educational Program on Opioid Prescription Patterns in Hand Surgery: A Quality Improvement Program
To assess the variability of opioid prescription patterns among hand surgeons in a single practice and to attempt to standardize postoperative prescription sizes based on the patient’s surgical procedure.
Source: Literature
Medical Malpractice: Myth vs. Fact
From AAOS
The fear of medical malpractice lawsuits can have a negative impact on the delivery of health care in America. Physicians who fear being sued may avoid treating those they see as high-risk patients, which affects access to care. Or, they may engage in defensive medicine, which is the practice of ordering extra tests to avoid lawsuits.
Source: Resource
Prospective Evaluation of Opioid Consumption Following Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery.
HAND - January 2017
Postoperative pain management and opioid consumption following carpal tunnel release (CTR) surgery may be influenced by many variables.
Source: Literature
The Opioid Epidemic and Orthopaedics: Where Do We Stand?
from AAOS
Even as the number of prescriptions for opioid pain medication declines from its peak of about 250 million in 2013, the epidemic of opioid use continues to devastate lives. Some 2 million individuals are afflicted with substance use disorders involving opioids, with approximately 500,000 of them addicted to heroin.
Source: Resource
The Coding Coach - Orthopaedics
from Karen Zupko & Associates, Inc.

Coding resources from the coding experts at Karen Zupko & Associates.

Source: Resource
Commonly asked hand coding questions
from AAOS
Previous question-and-answer columns have addressed commonly asked questions about joint injections, foot and ankle services, and other issues. This issue focuses on questions about hand coding.
Source: Resource
Patient Safety
from AAOS

Patient safety resources from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Source: Resource
Can’t we put an end to wrong-site surgeries?
from AAOS

“Dr. Washington,” a prominent Denver orthopaedic surgeon, recently performed an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair on the right knee of a University of Denver football player. Initially, however, he opened the patient’s left knee. He quickly realized his error, closed the incision, and proceeded to perform a successful ACL repair on the correct (right) knee. After a difficult discussion with the player’s family, Dr. Washington called his medical liability insurance company’s risk management department and had the following discussion with a risk manager.

Source: Resource
Young Victims of the Opioid Epidemic
NYT - January 16, 2017
Opioid overdoses have claimed more than 300,000 lives in the last 15 years, including some 33,000 in 2015 alone. But those numbers do not tell the full horror of this epidemic, which has devastated the lives of countless children whose parents have succumbed to addiction to prescription painkillers and other opiates.
Source: Resource
About the ASSH Task Force and Committee on Ethics and Professionalism
December 21, 2016
During the May 2007 Council meeting in Greensboro Georgia, Dr Steve Glickel impaneled a Task Force (TF) to study the possibility of developing a Code of Ethics for the purpose of delineating standards for the ethical practice of Hand Surgery and enhancing the message of professionalism among the members of the ASSH.
Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
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