American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


This is the Last Weekend to Submit Abstracts!

The Annual Meeting Program Committee will soon be reviewing abstracts for the 25th Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit abstracts is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015. The committee will select abstracts for either podium presentations or the poster exhibition during the Annual Meeting. We are using a new abstract submission website this year. Create a new account on the… Read More

AAHKS Comments on Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification

AAHKS and AAOS commented on the Joint Commission’s draft requirements for a proposed advanced certification program for total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. In a letter to Celeste Pierre, AAHKS and AAOS expressed support of the Joint Commission’s efforts to recognize and incentivize the highest quality of care and the goal of the proposed advanced certification program… Read More

AMA Launches MACRA Resource Center

A new page on the AMA website guides physicians through the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Besides the repeal of SGR, the legislation includes other provisions that are beneficial to physicians. The site includes an overview of all the changes, benefits by state, and an update on the 2015 Medicare sequester. Visit AMA.

AJRR Presents at International Congress of Arthroplasty Registries

The Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register and the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register sponsored the 4th International Congress of Arthroplasty Registries last week in Gothenburg, Sweden. Domestic and international registry representatives presented on hip and knee arthroplasty in addition to shoulder and trauma issues. The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR),… Read More

Three US Health Systems Create “Take the Volume Pledge”

HealthLeaders Media reported this week that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and the University of Michigan Health System have announced a “Take the Volume Pledge” campaign among their combined 20 hospitals. “The campaign aims to reduce complications linked to insufficient practice by setting minimum volume thresholds on 10 surgical procedures. The thresholds apply to… Read More

Noridian Announces Review of Major Joint Replacement Claims

On May 18, 2015, Noridian Healthcare Solutions (Noridian) announced that it is initiating a targeted review in Montana and Washington regarding claims for DRG 470 – Major Joint Replacement or Attachment of Lower extremity without MCC. The review, which will apply to claims involving total joint arthroplasty procedures billed on or after May 11, 2015, will validate provider… Read More

White House Seeking Champions of Change

AAOS would like to nominate members to the White House Champions of Change for Precision Medicine. This think tank seeks researchers who are generating and using data to make progress on pressing medical challenges. Nominees may include: – Researchers who are using a data-driven approach to improve treatments or uncover new insights to improve health. – Leaders who are empowering… Read More

USBJI Accepting Applications for Young Investigators Initiative

The second career development and grant mentoring program offered by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) takes place November 13-15, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Investigators are invited to apply for this program which provides early-career basic and clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in the field to assist them in securing funding… Read More

U.S. News Releases Its Hospital Ratings

US News & World Report released their hospital ratings issue which includes hospital performance in three common surgeries – hip replacement, knee replacement and heart bypass surgery. The study team analyzed Medicare data of more than 5 million patient records to assess outcomes at 4,000 hospitals across the U.S. and its territories. U.S. News assigned each hospital that… Read More

We Need Your Help Documenting Risk Variables

For three years, the AAHKS Risk Adjustment Task Force has been working with CMS and the Yale Outcomes Group to improve the risk adjustment models used in TJA performance measures. The goal of performance measures is to give surgeons an accurate assessment of their performance, while controlling for patient factors outside the control of providers. The current TJA… Read More