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IGFS E Newsletter July 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015   (0 Comments)
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IGFS Announces New Corporate Member

The IGFS Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce our latest Corporate Member,The Orthopaedic Implant Company (OIC).


Information on OIC is available at their website, An overview of their background and corporate philosophy is as follows:


"OIC was created and is managed by leaders in orthopaedic and spine care - people who have been in the system and understand why it needs to change for the better. Board members include past presidents of leading organizations and CEOs in healthcare.This body of expertise touches every facet of who we are - from technology, design, materials and customer service to the end product that we deliver.Each with a singular vision: lower healthcare costs because humans deserve better."


The IGFS recognizes the important role that industry plays in education, advocacy, and within the care delivery team for our patients.The IGFS Corporate Membership program offers a variety of options for industry to partner in the mission of our organization..... to become the foremost international authority for collaboration on the delivery of evidenced-based patient- centered care for the treatment of geriatric or fragility fractures.

GOS Journal Publishes 2nd Edition Blue Book

The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is extremely pleased to announce the release of the 2nd Edition of the Blue Book by Sage Publications.


A Guide to Improving the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures, 2nd Editionwritten by Simon C. Mears, M.D., Ph.D. and Stephen L. Kates, M.D. is now available as a free download from the Journal of Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation.


"The principles articulated in the first and second edition Blue Book form the foundation of the movement that our organization champions around the globe. We are pleased to see the continued growth of research and published literature in this important arena," said Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Geisinger Health System and President of the IGFS.


Stephen L. Kates, M.D., HansjÓ§rg Wyss Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the

University of Rochester and Founding President of the IGFS, added "It is critical as the body of published evidence continues to grow, that health care systems and medical professionals come together in support of adoption of these principles that hold so much promise for improved outcomes and efficiencies."


The 2nd Edition includes a series of chapters authored by a multi-disciplinary team of physician contributors addressing key areas of focus in treating geriatric fractures.


"It was a privilege to work with some of the world's thought leaders on the treatment of fragility fractures in an effort to compile a comprehensive roadmap for clinicians to ensure the unique needs of this patient population are addressed," said author Simon C. Mears, M.D., Ph.D. from the Total Joint Center in Plano, TX.


The publication can be downloaded from the website of the Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation,


CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to help Get Ready for ICD-10


The American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced that agreement has been reached on important elements of a "grace period" for the October 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set.


In guidance that is being transmitted today, CMS announced that:

  • For a one year period starting October 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes provided, as long as the physician submitted an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes. In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes. This policy will be followed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors.
  • To avoid potential problems with mid-year coding changes in CMS quality programs (PQRS, VBM and MU) for the 2015 reporting year, physicians using the appropriate family of diagnosis codes will not be penalized if CMS experiences difficulties in accurately calculating quality scores (i.e., for PQRS, VBM, or Meaningful Use). CMS will continue to monitor implementation and adjust the duration if needed.
  • CMS will establish an ICD-10 Ombudsman to help receive and triage physician and provider problems that need to be resolved during the transition.
  • CMS will authorize advanced payments if Medicare contractors are unable to process claims within established time limits due to problems with ICD-10 implementation.

Today's announcement demonstrates that CMS is responsive to physician concerns. The AMA will monitor and keep CMS apprised of any implementation issues that persist in 2016, and will urge the agency to make any needed adjustments to the grace period policy and time line based on new information that surfaces during the implementation process. We encourage the Federation to report to us any problems their members experience during the transition, to better inform our advocacy efforts on their behalf.


The October 1 deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 code set is fast approaching, and time is running out for physician practices to complete their preparation.The AMA has a broad range of materials available on itsweb site to help physicians prepare for the October 1 deadline. To learn more and stay apprised on developments, visitAMA Wire.


AMA CMS Press Release

ICD-10 Guidance


Source: AMA Wire

Abstract Deadline July 15th


Call for Abstracts

2015 IGFS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego



The IGFS is accepting abstracts for the 2015 Annual Meeting through July 15, 2015.


Download Abstract Application

DownloadFaculty Disclosure Statement


The IGFS Annual Meeting will take place on

Wednesday, October 7th at the

Manchester Grand Hyatt,1 Market Place,San Diego,California,USA,92101


Housing and Registration information will be released in the coming weeks.


This year's annual meeting is taking place in conjunction with the

2015 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting.

IGFS Corporate Members

IGFS Board of Directors

Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS

Vice President
Simon Mears, MD PhD

Arvind Nana, MD

Norbert Suhm, MD

Past President
Stephen Kates, MD
IGFS At Large Members
Tony Balsamo, MD
Susan Bukata, MD
Carman Quatman, MD

Brett Crist, MD

Rick Dell, MD

Frankie Leung, MD

Daniel Mendelson, MD
International Geriatric Fracture Society
1215 E Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801

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