American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


CMS THA/TKA Payment Measure Dry Run

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a confidential hospital reporting period (dry run) for a new claims-based measure from August 24 – September 22, 2015. CMS added the measure to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and subsequent years (see FY 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)… Read More

Vendor Data Errors Discovered in PQRS

The AMA reported that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discovered errors in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data submitted by vendors on behalf of physicians and group practices that reported via electronic health records (EHR) and qualified clinical data registries (QCDR). Physicians who participated and reported in 2014 PQRS through claims and clinical… Read More

BMJ Case Report Looks at Flossing and Joint Infection

The case report “Streptococcus gordonii prosthetic joint infection in the setting of vigorous dental flossing” was published this month in the British Medical Journal. The report examines an incident of a 65-year old woman who developed sudden onset knee pain and swelling after her knee replacement five years prior. “She had voluntarily starting a vigorous dental flossing regimen… Read More

CMS to Drop CCJR Acronym

CMS officials have promised to drop the acronym “CCJR” from the proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, currently in public comment period. AAHKS affiliate member A. Seth Greenwald, D.Phil.(Oxon), called their attention to his long-standing “Current Concepts in Joint Replacement” trademarked conference. Read the letter from CMS

Visit to Smith & Nephew

Michael J. Zarski, JD, AAHKS Executive Director and Jean Furlan, Manager of Corporate Relations traveled to Smith & Nephew Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee to meet with Tommy Thompson, Director, Convention Services,  John Clausen , PhD Vice President of Reconstruction-Hips and Knee, Lauralan Grisoni, Vice President of Reconstruction-Knees. Discussions focused on common goals through 2016. Mike and Jean also… Read More

Submit an Abstract for the Young Investigator Symposium

Young Investigators have a chance to present a paper at the prestigious Hip Society/AAHKS 2016 Open Meeting that takes place at the AAOS 2016 Annual Meeting / Specialty Day on March 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, USA. The three best papers will be selected for podium presentation by The Hip Society’s Education Committee. Abstract submission is now open.… Read More

Deadline Today for Perioperative Management Guideline Development

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) invites letters of interest from those who wish to partner with ACR and AAHKS to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for perioperative management of rheumatic disease medications in total joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee. The guidelines will be developed primarily for orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists who care for patients undergoing… Read More

How Will ICD-10 Impact Registry Data Submission?

On Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. CST, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) will be hosting a webinar on the upcoming ICD-10 transition and how it will impact the data submission process to the Registry. Information regarding UDI implementation will also be discussed. Then, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST,… Read More

Florida Debates Overnight Stays in ASCs

Outpatient Surgery magazine reports that a Florida bill that would allow patients to stay overnight in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) failed in the Florida Senate this week. The Florida House approved the bill that would have allowed patients to stay up to 24 hours following surgery. Currently, Florida requires that patients are discharged from ASCs the same day.… Read More

AAHKS Staff Visits Dallas

Dallas Sheraton meeting

This week, members of the AAHKS staff set to work on site in Dallas to organize the details of the 25th AAHKS Annual Meeting. Michael J. Zarski, JD, Executive Director, Eileen M. Lusk, Director of Education and Meetings, Sharon M. Creed, Accounting Coordinator/Meeting Registrar, and Jean Furlan, Manager of Corporate Relations met with the Sheraton Dallas Hotel team and consultants… Read More