American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Annual Meeting Countdown – 10 Weeks!

As the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting draws closer, we would like to announce: Call for ePoster reviewers – select the best posters in each category prior to the meeting by reviewing the digital versions. Contact to volunteer. The Hilton Anatole is filling up, and a second hotel has been added. Book rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton… Read More

Call for Nominations to AAHKS Board, Committee

The AAHKS Nominating Committee has put out a call for nominations to the following positions: Third Vice President (1) Member-at-Large (2) Member, Nominating Committee (3) All nominations must hold Fellow membership status with AAHKS. Nominate yourself by Friday, September 1, 2017 by emailing a statement of interest and attaching a CV to If you are nominating a… Read More

AAHKS Comments on 2018 Updates to QPP

The CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) that encompasses the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) as established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), is reviewed and updates are proposed by CMS for the QPP for each calendar year. The 2018 proposed rule includes updates to low-volume thresholds for MIPS… Read More

AMA Call for ACGME Review Committee

The American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education is currently soliciting a qualified AMA member candidate for the ACGME Review Committee in Orthopaedic Surgery. The application deadline is Monday, September 11, 2017.  Position details and applications for these opportunities can be found at the Council on Medical Education Leadership Opportunities page.

Seattle Hospital Implements New Concurrent Surgery Policy

Swedish Medical Center in Seattle implemented an updated concurrent surgery policy that requires surgeons to be present for a “substantial majority” of surgical procedures, according to Doximity. Swedish released the statement, “We have established more specific parameters around attending surgeon presence during surgical procedures. We have also enhanced monitoring, centralized scheduling and revised patient-consent communications.” Full story.

This Week’s Featured Symposium: TJA in Non-Hospital Setting

The following symposium takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 prior to the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting general session: From Theory to Reality:  Successfully Delivering Value-Based TJA in a Non-Hospital Setting 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Muve Health In this symposium, we will discuss the application of outcome-focused, value-driven outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty. Through the sharing of practical experience… Read More

CMS Reduces CJR Mandatory Participation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new proposed rule that would reduce the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model from 67 to 34 and allow the remaining 33 to opt-in to continue participating voluntarily while also excluding low volume and rural hospitals from mandatory participation.… Read More

A Closer Look at the ACR/AAHKS Guideline

In an interview with Medscape, Susan Goodman, MD describes in-depth the process that took place to develop the new guideline, “2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Dr. Goodman explains how ACR and… Read More

Patrick Conway Leaves CMS

CMS has announced that Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer will leave the agency to serve as CEO for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Dr. Conway received the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service this past February after being nominated by… Read More

Indiana Physician Killed over Opioids

On July 26, 2017, Todd Graham, MD was shot and killed by the spouse of a patient who was demanding an opioid prescription for pain. Dr. Graham was a board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine partner at South Bend Orthopaedics in Mishawaka, Indiana. According to an article in STAT news, he refused the first-time patient… Read More