Proposal for an Important Initiative for Codman Shoulder Society

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: I was recently approached by Vumedi to create a 90 minute pre-recorded program on The Business of Orthopedics in the Time of Corona Virus: Challenges and Opportunities. I told them I would do this on the condition it was branded as from the Codman Shoulder Society. To this end, I am writing to you all to ask for input as to the structure and format of such a program. My thoughts are to have perhaps 6 speakers representative of Industry, Harvard Business School, Private Orthopedic Practice, Academic Orthopedic Practice, and Hospital Administration. I would like to cover a range of topics related to Fiscal survival tactics now and then post-Covid-19. This will

CSS WhatsApp Update

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues, Thank you all for joining our WhatsApp group. Due to the nature of the app, we will not post everything from our group discussion to our blog. Additionally, new members do not have access to past messages from the group. If you feel you have missed something or want to know more about a certain topic, please reach out to me or Jillian (jhaberli@mgh.harvard.edu) and we will send you what you’re looking for from prior blog posts prior to your signing up on WhatsApp. In the future, we will begin curating some posts from our WhatsApp group to put on our blog. I’d also like to use the Whatsapp group to discuss postings on the Blog which you can reference in the di

Coronavirus: The Hammer and The Dance

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: In an effort to curate the best information for you, enclosed is a link to an article that is both qualitative and quantitative in realistically considering the options and outcomes of this pandemic. This was posted by Tony Romeo on Facebook, so thank you Tony. The data is sobering and useful to read in detail as you watch what our state and federal governments are doing and deal with our own frustrations and anxieties. These include health concerns and economic concerns. Everyone should read this. Please see the link below: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 Kind Regards, “JP” Warner, MD Founder, CSS

How might Spring Break During the Covid-19 Pandemic be like a Tsunami?

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Consider this… Just like a Tsunami, the virus starts with low impact (https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_gendler_how_tsunamis_work/transcript?language=en#t-186091 ) On the beach the water receeds before the great wave comes. With the virus the impact become exponential if we remain on the beach and party due to failure to socially distance. While we can limit the effect of a Tsunami by getting off the beach even before the water receeds giving the impression that all is fine, we can also get off the beach and social distance in advance of the potential for contact that transmits the virus. Both will save lives. Thank about it. It’s just as dumb to get together

Creating the New Normal in Healthcare

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Enclosed is a short Op Ed piece from Thomas Lee, Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery. Tom describes his viewpoint as a primary care physician. I think as surgical subspecialists we have an enormous opportunity to create a new normal which facilitates better patient experiences, capacity management, and quality and safety. This will occur as we leverage technology and reduced barriers to it’s implementation. This is worth more discussion as I’ll be posting on some opportunities you can use as food for thought. Best Wishes for all of you to stay healthy, “JP” Warner, MD Founder, CSS

How the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 will Change the Face of Healthcare Forever

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: We are a small group, identified by an interest in problems of the shoulder and guided by the principles of EA Codman. Remember, he said “Give me something that is different, for there is a chance of it being better.” So, let’s consider an article which you can access via the link below: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579?cid=apn Many of you may have seen this already ,and in this case, consider it in the context of what I say below. Here are just a few of the changes I think may affect healthcare going forward. Some are more likely than others and, no doubt, I have left many others

CSS WhatsApp Group

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues, I would like to invite you to join our CSS WhatsApp group. WhatsApp is an easy-to-use messaging application that will allow us to better promote a think tank to advance the innovative goals of this society. Below, find instructions on how to access our WhatsApp group. Please feel free to invite others who may be interested. Step 1: Download WhatsApp application on your preferred device For Phones: -Go to the app store and type in WhatsApp in the search bar -Select the app and press "Download" For Computers: -Go to whatsapp.com -In the menu bar at the top, select “Download” -Next, click “Download” under “Mac or Windows PC” -Follow the steps prompted on your co

How the Coronavirus is Rewriting the Future of Business

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Every crisis offers and opportunity, or to quote one of my favorite characters in “Game of Thrones”, Little Finger, “Chaos isn’t a pit. It’s a ladder.” Enclosed in this communication is a link to a short commentary from brilliant professors at HBS who consider the opportunity for improvement in business by changing with this crisis. Going forward, I think their insights are particularly relevant to how we adapt our approach to the business of healthcare. Whether we consider Supply chain problems, leadership approaches, remote work with interconnected teams, or Virtual care, health care will change! We have an unprecedented opportunity to use the “Corona Virus

M & A in Healthcare drives growth of hospitals systems and closure of rural hospitals

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Enclosed is a short YouTube Video featured from a story done by CNBC. It is entitled "Why U.S. Hospitals are Closing." Large NFP Healthcare systems and a regulatory environment are combining for a winner takes-all game where M & A creates monopolies in healthcare and growth of large NFP systems. Care access and competition become problematic in some areas. This will certainly have relevance to Orthopedics and in that regard I thought you would find this of interest. It features the MGH and the Mayo Clinic. Best Regards, "JP" Warner, MD Founder, The Codman Shoulder Society

8th Annual CSS Meeting Announcement

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: It is my pleasure to invite you to the 8th Annual Codman Shoulder Society Meeting. This meeting will be held following the conclusion of the San Diego Shoulder Institute, on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 4:00-8:00pm at the Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA. Codman was one of the first surgeon entrepreneurs with a specific interest in the shoulder. This year’s meeting will push the envelope, just as Codman would have wanted. We will present a variety of “breakthrough” technologies which offer value propositions to increase the precision, accuracy and efficiency of shoulder surgery. Of course, most of these are focused on shoulder arthritis and its treatment. I wan

Are You a Resource or a Commodity?

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Enclosed is a consideration of our role as surgeons in the context of the growing healthcare industry. This data-driven presentation may give you a framework to understand your current situation and your potential to influence it. Kind Regards, “JP” Warner, MD Founder, CSS

Farewell, Tom Norris

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues: Tom Norris has been a world renowned shoulder surgeon for 43 years, most of it practicing in San Francisco. He served as the President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (https://www.ases-assn.org) in 2001. As a teacher he has been an invaluable resource to young upcoming shoulder surgeons and he has been a bridge between the founder of ASES, Dr. Charles S. Neer, and those who came after and grew the organization into what it is today, the premier group for innovation in shoulder and elbow surgery. Tom has allowed me to share his retirement letter which offers insight into his journey. This should serve as inspiration for us. As the Codman Shoulder S