February 2019 | Issue 1
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Walmart Adds Ochsner Health System as 12th Center Of Excellence To Knee, Hip Surgery Network
Walmart added Ochsner Health System to its growing list of “Centers of Excellence,” looking to the New Orleans medical care provider for knee and hip replacement surgeries for its workers.

Rothman Orthopaedics aims to expand nationally with NueHealth, MUVE joint venture: 5 things to know
Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics partnered with ASC platform company NueHealth and MUVE Health, a developer and operator of total joint and spine centers, to integrate their models and platforms.

Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research releases their 2018 Orthopaedic NIH Rankings

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Top Academic Orthopaedic Leaders to Headline AOC Annual Meetings in 2019
Stefano Bini, MD
Arthritis and Joint Replacement

Orthopaedic Institute
UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Scott Boden, MD
Director, The Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center
Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The
Emory University School of Medicine
CMO,CQO, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital
Vice President for Business Innovation, Emory Healthcare
Leesa M. Galatz, MD
Mount Sinai Professor and Chair
Shoulder and Elbow Reconstructive Surgery
Leni & Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mount Sinai Health System
Jo Hannafin, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery,
Weill Cornell Medical College
Medical Director, HSS Stamford Outpatient Center
Director, Women’s Sports Medicine Center,
Hospital for Special Surgery
L. Scott Levin, MD
Paul Magnusson Professor & Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Peter Stern, MD
Norman S. and Elizabeth C.A. Hill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
(Former) Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Cincinnati
Mark S. Vrahas, MD, MHCDS
Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in
Orthopaedics in honor of
Myles Cohen, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Kristy L. Weber, MD
Vice-Chair, Faculty Affairs, Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPenn
Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology
Director, Sarcoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center
Abramson Family Professor in Sarcoma Care Excellence
Register Now! Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium
November 15-16, 2019
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AOC Takes the Lead in Opioid Management
UCSF Chief Administrative Officer & AOC President, Richard Capra, led the AOC Opioid Management Workgroup's presentation at last year’s Business & Leadership Symposium at UPenn. This provided a great deal of needed information surrounding Orthopaedics and the opioid crisis we are in today. As part of this work they developed and distributed a 50-page digital manual to all AOC Departments (this manual and the presentation are available on the AOC website). The workgroup’s presentation fulfilled their overall goal of providing specific information and data for Patient Education and Awareness, Opioid Sparing, Legislative, and Research pillars. They also shared that there is a high level of variability in opioid management across member hospitals, a need for Best Practice sharing, and a need for tools for implementation.
The AOC Opioid Management Workgroup was asked to continue their work and to survey current protocols/guidelines/use within the AOC member institutions. This would be done to develop a grid outlining these use patterns in the hope of learning more about the variability and to ultimately design a protocol/playbook for reducing or eliminating opioids as a pain-management treatment. The Workgroup will use this data to propose best practices and to work with pilot member sites to implement this new protocol/playbook, collect data as appropriate, and present at the 2019 AOC Annual Meeting. 
SocialClimb Announces Partnership with Academic Orthopaedic Consortium
SocialClimb, the top physician reputation builder, has partnered with the Academic Orthopaedic Consortium (AOC) to help its members develop and leverage the online reputations of their practices and physicians.

Today’s consumers reveal the future of healthcare
The Accenture 2019 Digital Health Consumer Survey reveals a market shift in the United States. Healthcare consumers today are changing, and their expectations for convenience, affordability and quality are redefining how they engage at each stage of care.
A Simple Way to Get Your Leadership Team Aligned on Strategy
A quick, must-read from the HBR! Taking the time to see where everyone stands is the first step to getting everyone to truly stand together.
Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg | TEDxSF
Nature's beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg's lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.)
Note from Mike: 

As leaders, we have a responsibility to inspire and to connect our teams to a common purpose and a set of goals and objectives. GRATITUDE creates a powerful fabric that can connect all of us together in a meaningful and deep way. In its best form, it is rooted in authenticity and it comes from the heart. It is in such short supply that it often comes as a surprise when it is received. GRATITUDE can carry us through the most difficult of times and allow us to experience new heights together. This video is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and it lasts 10 minutes. Please push the pause button in your busy day and take time to be still and to be quiet and to reflect on this important message. Watch the video in its entirety, you will not be sorry.
February 28, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
AOC Webinar on Optimizing the Athletic Trainer: Best Practices & New Development
Featuring Joe Greene, MS, ATC

Program Manager, Outreach and Development
UW Health Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

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October 1-3, 2019
AOC Annual Meeting

Boston, MA
Enrollment now open!

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November 15-16, 2019
Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium

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Please send your Department’s important accomplishments, news, and updates to Tiffany at

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