American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


AAOS Holds Virtual Lobby Day to Help Fix SGR

Virtual Lobby Day

AAOS, together with AAHKS and other medical associations and the physician community, is urging Congress to continue the progress already made toward replacing the flawed SGR formula. On February 4, 2015, physician leaders from across the country and from dozens of medical associations will converge on Washington, DC to stress the importance of passing a permanent SGR fix.… Read More

CMS to Address Concerns Related to Meaningful Use

CMS announced that they will engage in rulemaking to address concerns the AMA and the Federation have expressed with meeting the Meaningful Use program requirements in 2015. Separately, CMS plans on moving ahead with rulemaking for Stage 3. MedPage Today outlines the changes CMS is considering: Realigning hospital electronic health record (EHR) reporting periods to the calendar year to allow… Read More

Vote for AAHKS on AMA Representation Ballot

The AMA has an opportunity for AAHKS members to help shape health care policy and the positions of the AMA. Don’t let your voice and the voice of your specialty go unheard. AMA members are eligible to vote for the national medical specialty society that best represents them  in the AMA House of Delegates (HoD). Every physician member… Read More

IHI Starts Joint Replacement Learning Community

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts has initiated a number of value-enhancing projects in healthcare, including several in orthopaedics/joint replacement. IHI established a Joint Replacement Learning Community last year, which included many AAHKS members. Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA and Anthony M. DiGioia, MD are faculty advisors for the project. IHI… Read More

BCBS Reports on Hospital Cost Variations for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries in the US


Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) released a report yesterday, “A Study of Cost Variations for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries in the U.S.” The report analyzed three years of independent BCBS companies’ hospital claims data (not specifically physician costs) for typical knee and hip replacement surgeries in 64 markets across the country. According to the report, “some hospitals… Read More

JBJS Features Article on the Fellowship Match Process

Those interested in the history and recent metrics of orthopaedic fellowship match programs, including the AAHKS-supported Adult Reconstruction Match should check out the new article in this month’s Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, “The Fellowship Match Process: The History and a Report of the Current Experience.” Author Lisa K. Cannada, MD reports on the coordinated match process… Read More

This Week’s Featured Health Policy Fellow: Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA

Dr. McLawhorn

Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA is currently completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. He will complete a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement next year at HSS. Dr. McLawhorn has interests in health care delivery and economics, and he earned degrees in medicine and business at Columbia University. During… Read More

Pain Medicine News Reports on Fibromyalgia and TJR

In the January issue of Pain Medicine News, the article, “Total Hip or Knee Replacement Not Recommended for Some Patients with Fibromyalgia-Like Symptoms,” features research presented at the 2014 World Congress on Pain that focused on pain scores for 635 arthroplasty patients. The researchers found that higher fibromyalgia self-reported scores independently predicted patients having a less than 50%… Read More

Head of Medicare and Medicaid Steps Down

The New York Times reported today that Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has resigned. Ms. Tavenner began her position in February 2010 and will serve through February of this year.  CMS has announced that Andrew M. Slavitt will become acting administrator at that time. “Ms. Tavenner, who was partly responsible for the… Read More