Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dr. Frisella Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Originally appeared in the St. Charles County Suburban Journal

William Anthony Frisella, MD, of St. Louis, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on Feb. 15 during ceremonies at the Academy's 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Dr. Frisella was one of 667 new members inducted. The AAOS has more than 36,000 members worldwide.
With offices at St. Peters Bone & Joint Surgery, Dr. Frisella specializes in shoulder injuries, and he is the only fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon in St. Charles County.

Dr. Frisella is at the forefront of research on the treatment of shoulder injuries. He wrote and published two book chapters in 2009. The first, on shoulder fractures, was published in the textbook "Orthopaedic Sports Medicine." The second, on minimally invasive rotator cuff repair, was published in the textbook "Minimally Invasive Surgery." He has written and published scientific articles on arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs and shoulder replacement, and has given many talks on the treatment of rotator cuff tears, labral tears and shoulder arthritis.

An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician with extensive training in the diagnosis and non-surgical as well as surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

The academy is the largest medical association for musculoskeletal specialists. Its Fellows have completed medical school, plus at least five years of specialty study in orthopaedics in an accredited residency program, passed a comprehensive oral and written exam, and been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Two of our own named Medical Practice Executive fellows

Originally appeared in St. Charles County Suburban Journal

Mary Ann Hackmeister, FACMPE, and Carol Pearson, FACMPE, both directors of practice management with the SSM Physicians' Organization, recently achieved Fellowship status in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).

ACMPE is the certification body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), which has been the nation's principal voice for medical group practice since 1926. MGMA has 21,500 members managing 275,000 physician practices. Less than one-third of the membership has reached Fellowship status.
Fellowship in the ACMPE (FACMPE) is the highest distinction in the medical group practice management profession. Hackmeister and Pearson were formally recognized for this accomplishment at the ACMPE's 2010 conference in New Orleans.

To achieve Fellowship, Hackmeister and Pearson each first earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive designation by passing essay and objective examinations that assess knowledge of medical practice management. In addition, Hackmeister and Pearson each completed the presentation requirement and maintained continuing education credit hours.

Fellowship candidates must submit a professional paper documenting the objectives and results of an investigation into a health care management topic. Hackmeister submitted a paper titled "Transforming Into a Servant Leader: Welcoming Everyone to the Table of Success." Pearson submitted a paper on "Justice or Unfair Punishment Under HIPAA Privacy Rules."

Hackmeister has been with SSM for 12 years and has been the director of practice management for the 14 physicians at SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group's O'Fallon and Dardenne Prairie offices since 2006. She has a bachelor's degree in health care management and a master's degree in business administration, both from Lindenwood University.

Pearson has been with SSM for 10 years and has been the director of practice management for the 18 physicians at the SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group's Lake Saint Louis offices since joining the organization. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fontbonne University and a master's degree in science from Lindenwood University.

Minimally Invasive Total Joint Replacement (HealthTalk)

Written by Dr. John W. McAllister, MD
Published by Suburban Journals

Over the past few years, innovations in technology and surgical approaches have made it possible to perform total joint replacements through very small incisions. Total joint replacements have been performed for decades using standard incisions (eight to twelve inches) with excellent results. Other areas of orthopedic surgery have benefited from minimally invasive techniques, most notably sports medicine and arthroscopy. The success of these newer techniques has prompted surgeons subspeciallizing in joint replacements to pioneer new methods of implanting artificial joints through small incisions.

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