Activity ID



May 22, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)


In April 2013, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS) issued revised guidelines on the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. This monograph will provide a brief summary of the new AAOS recommendations and supporting evidence, woven with a risk management perspective on clinical practice guidelines. Are they the standard of care? Are they cookbook medicine? What is the likelihood that following them will improve patient outcomes? From a risk management standpoint, it is recommended that orthopedists be familiar with the guidelines of their specialty society, and that these guidelines be neither dismissed out of hand nor embraced uncritically. We will suggest ways for orthopedists to weigh the strength of the evidence and treatment recommendations so they may take them into account in their clinical decision making.

Diplomate Engagement

Pre-and Post-test results are provided to diplomate and an evaluation survey is issued upon completion of the course. A follow-up post-activity survey is also issued 3-4 months after completion that asks what practice changes have been made.

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Educational Objectives

Give examples of new treatment recommendations from the AAOS guideline.
Differentiate clinical practice guidelines from cookbook medicine, hospital performance measures, payer requirements, and the standard of care.
Describe how the AAOS rates evidence and how it relates the strength of evidence to their treatment recommendations.
State sources for locating orthopedic guidelines and a resource for judging the integrity of guidelines.
Factor in guidelines with other considerations in arriving at a treatment decision.


Knee Osteoarthritis, Guidelines, New Orthopedic Guidelines, Treatment Guidelines, Knee Arthritis, Brain Injury, Pain Medicine, Sports


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Patient Safety/Medical Errors, Evidence Based Practice, Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving

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