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Economic Credentialing and Physician Performance Measures: They Know Who You Are*
David A. Wong, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)1; Laura L. Forese, MD, MPH2
1 Denver Spine, 7800 East Orchard Road, Suite 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. E-mail address: ddaw@denverspine.com
2 New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th Street P114, New York, NY 10065. E-mail address: foresel@nyp.org
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Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. One or more of the authors, or a member of his or her immediate family, received, in any one year, payments or other benefits in excess of $10,000 or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from commercial entities (Anulex, Neurotech/CervIOM, and Stryker). One or more of the authors, or a member of his or her immediate family, received, in any one year, payments or other benefits of less than $10,000 or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from commercial entities (Abbott, Cervitech, Greenwood ASC, Denver Integrated Imaging, Lippincott, and Zimmer).

This report is based on a symposium presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association on June 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Copyright ©2010 American Society for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 May 01;92(5):1305-1311. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01310
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The impact of massive health reform looms large in the United States1. During the health-care debate, orthopaedic surgeons found politicians, health policy analysts, and health economists talking in a somewhat unfamiliar lexicon. Suddenly, data derived from the areas of economic credentialing and physician performance measures are being incorporated into major national health-care policy2 and are influencing policies and procedures down to the individual hospital level3. These determinations have the potential to radically change the practice of orthopaedic surgery for the foreseeable future. Such momentous times in medicine compel us to gain an understanding of the driving issues in health-care reform and the reliability and true utility of data derived from economic credentialing and physician performance measures. These concepts are key to the understanding of how health-care reform is positioned in the overall context of the present economic and political climate in the United States.
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