News & Updates: February 2024

Share Your Expertise at the 2024 SCOA Annual Meeting in Kiawah Island

Expert Talks Submissions are due by February 29th!

Practicing orthopaedic surgeons are invited to submit clinical or business topics for presentation at the 2024 SCOA Annual Meeting taking place August 1-3, 2024, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Approximately 60 minutes of the annual meeting program will be devoted to these presentations, which may range from 10 – 20 minutes each depending on the number of submissions selected. Our goal is to offer a platform for colleagues to share expertise that may not be documented in formal research. 

In addition to Expert Talks, the Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to reconnect with your peers as we seek clinical and professional excellence through dynamic keynotes and research presentations. Keynote speakers include Steven L. Frick, MD, and Milt Lowder, PhD.

Submit An Expert Talk
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Virtual Education Opportunity

Join Us for an Upcoming Webinar

Owning the Bone: Osteoporosis Clinics as a Viable Service Line for Orthopaedic Practices

Thursday, March 14th | 1:00 PM (ET) | Zoom

Richard Kurz, MD

OSS Health

Sarah Atkins, PA-C

OSS Health

Join seasoned leaders from one of our member orthopaedic practices to learn how they have incorporated osteoporosis clinics in their practices as viable service lines.

Historically, ortho practices have not owned the treatment of osteoporosis for their patients despite our specialty focus on musculoskeletal health. Come learn why you should consider the role osteoporosis clinics can play to enhance patient care and enhance existing service lines.

Register for Webinar

The webinar is a free educational offering for our members.

Please follow the instructions to register for the event.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the webinar. If you don't see the email within 24 hours of registering, please check your spam folder.

Notice: New Email Rules

Review Your Practice Communications

On February 1, 2024, Google and Yahoo implemented new rules affecting email senders to @gmail and @yahoo addresses to help protect against spam, phishing, and spoofing.


Network Solutions, LLC, has shared key guidelines to follow:

  • Use a proprietary domain ( instead of free email domains like @gmail.
  • Authenticate your sender domain with SPF or DKIM.
  • Keep spam report rates below 0.3% (0.1% Google Postmaster Tools).
  • Use a Transport Layer Security (TLS) connection for transmitting email.


For high-volume senders (over 5,000 emails/day):

  • Implement a DMARC policy, even if set to "none”.
  • Enable one-click unsubscribes and process within 2 days. 

Articles of Interest

States Target Health Insurers’ ‘Prior Authorization’ Red Tape

Content via Health News Florida | By Bram Sable Smith - KFF Health News:

Doctors, patients and hospitals have railed for years about processes that insurers use to decide whether they’ll pay for drugs or procedures. The Biden administration announced a crackdown in January, but some state lawmakers are looking to go further. To read more, click here.

Doctors Must Have Robust Online Presence to Meet Today’s Patients’ Expectations

Gregory Kolovich, M.D., Medical Economics:

It used to be that the only things that mattered when choosing a surgeon, a primary care physician, or any other health care provider were their (mostly word-of-mouth) reputation, referrals, and how quickly you could snag a spot in their often-packed schedules. But that is changing. Today, patients have a consumer mindset, and they are demanding more access to information about their health care providers. To read the full article from Medical Economics, click here.

Sean Shaw: Health Insurers are Consolidating Influence Over the Health Care System

Content via Florida Politics:

Health insurers are by far the most profitable entities in the health care industry. America’s health care system requires two parties to uphold their commitment to patients. Under federal law, doctors must care for patients, specifically when seeking emergency care. Insurance companies must cover the cost of care for their policyholders. If they don’t, the system cannot sustain itself. Click here to read the story from Florida Politics.

Leadership Book Nook

Have a Book that was Meaningful to your Professional Journey? Please Share!

Please consider sharing a short paragraph about lessons learned from a book that has shaped you as a leader.

Send your summary to Sarah Thompson.

Past Recommendations Include:

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks
  • The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs YOU to be YOU by Holly Gerth
  • Leading with Your Upper Brain: How to Create the Behaviors That Unlock Performance Excellence by Michael E. Frisina, PhD, and Robert W. Frisina, MA
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  • Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact by Liz Wiseman
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • What Exceptional Leaders Know & Exceptional Leaders Playbook by Tracy Spears and Wally Schmader
  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
  • The Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath

Is Your Administrator a Member of SAOE?

SC Orthopaedic Practice Administrators, Ortho Service Line Directors, and emerging leaders in both private and hospital settings are encouraged to join the Southeastern Association of Orthopaedic Executives (SAOE).

SAOE offers ortho practice leaders from South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee a unique opportunity to collaborate, network and learn from one another. SAOE membership and attendance at the annual meeting is an affordable and sound investment in your administrative team members.

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Thank You To Our Corporate Partner:
South Carolina Orthopaedic Association
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