When most of us think of Orlando our mind probably jumps to Mickey Mouse or Disney World or maybe even the beach. This week however, more than 30,000 participants including Academy Fellows, members, international guests, allied health professionals, and exhibitors will converge on Orlando as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting will take place at the Orange County Convention Center from March 2-4. The AAOS conference is the premier platform for reconnecting with colleagues, learning about new techniques and treatments. It’s also where the leading minds in orthopedics gather to discuss how and why to incorporate patient reported outcomes (PROs) into your practice as well as how to leverage this data to establish and improve the value of orthopedic services. As we board the cross-country flight from San Francisco to Orlando, here are 3 things that I am looking forward to at this year’s conference.
1. Showdowns Sessions’– New this year is a session called Showdowns. Two contrary view-points are presented by clinical leaders to solve a controversial problem in the format of an unrehearsed debate. The best part is the audience declares the winners via the Audience Response System. It is always education and entertaining to listen to the best and brightest people discuss their approach to difficult clinical situations. I guarantee this session will be a great chance to learn something and share a few laughs because it’s only a matter of time before the gloves come off.
2. Patient Reported Outcomes Sessions: PRO’s take center stage at this years meeting. Not only are there are more presentations than ever that include PROs as a focus (more than doubled from last year), there are many practical sessions on how to collect/implement a data collection program. Most practices know that they need to be collecting outcome data but the process can be confusing and laborious. Who has time to figure out what PROs to collect and when? And even if you do decide to start collecting data, are you going to have patients filling out forms in clinic? There has to be a better way.
There are a lot of great PRO sessions/lectures on the docket (for a full list, please contact us and we will get it right over), but there are 2 ‘must see’ this year: “Selection, implementing and Interpretation of Patient Centered Orthopaedic Outcomes” where Dr.’s Hawkins, Kuhn, Litchfield, and Mohtadi discuss strategies for optimizing musculoskeletal patient care and practice sustainability (8-9am Wednesday) as well as “Outcomes Metrics Symposium for Total Joint Arthroplasty” Dr. Rana and other leaders in the field, such as Dr.Bozic, discuss the development and implementation of quality metrics at the organizational and national level (10:30am-12:30pm Friday). If you are attending a PRO session, chances are you will be sitting a few seats away from a CODE team member. Whether you are a current client who wants to talk shop, or interested in learning more about how the CODE PRO solution works, please contact us, and we will get back to you.
CODE works with surgeons and hospitals across the country to provide PRO data collection and analytics. All of which, take place outside the office or hospital. No forms, no disruption, just value. For less than the cost of one full-time employee, CODE Technology can help your organization can be collecting patient-reported outcomes at a 90% capture rate in less than 30 days.
Once you have taken in couple sessions on PRO, take a few minutes and drop by booth #564 to talk with our friends at Cross Current While CODE’s specialty is collecting outcome data, Cross Current has an amazing product that focuses on the numerator of the value equation- to aggregate cost data from disparate sources into a single point solution. Pairing CODE’s outcome data with Cross Current’s cost data is much like peanut butter and jelly. It’s the Holy Grail for defining value in healthcare.
3. Dinner at the Rusty Spoon– After a day full of education, networking, and presenting a great meal is the best way to wind down. My favorite place to unwind with a great farm to table meal in Orlando is the Rusty Spoon. Located just 9 miles from the convention center it is an easy trip by any standards. The entire menu is sourced from central Florida and the restaurant specializes in seasonal dishes. The head chef, Kathleen Blake, is an incredible talent. Growing up cooking in her grandma’s kitchen in the Midwest, she was named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Awards in 2015. A relaxed atmosphere and amazing food make this a can’t miss dinner destination while in Orlando for AAOS.