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AAHKS Meets with CMS on TKA/IPO Removal Issue

AAHKS President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Immediate Past President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Health Policy Council Chair James I. Huddleston, MD and AAHKS staff were joined by AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD and staff at a meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff this week in Washington, DC. Attendees met with more… Read More

Abstracts Due in Five Weeks!

There are five weeks remaining to submit abstracts for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Abstracts, symposia proposals and surgical technique video proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on June 1. Log in to the submission website using your AAHKS username and password. The Annual Meeting takes place November 1-4 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Registration will… Read More

You Matched, Now What?

The AAOS Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Fellowship Committee is hosting a free webinar “Tips for the Orthopaedic Fellowship Year” on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. (Eastern). The webinar will cover the “ins and outs” of what it takes to be a good fellow. Ten faculty across the specialties will share ways to help you lay… Read More

Military Health System to Examine Surgical Preparedness

The U.S. Defense Health Board has started a review of policies for complex surgical procedures, including total hip replacement and total knee replacement, performed at military hospitals in the United States and abroad. After a report by US News & World Report this week that examined volume data and found complex surgeries are performed in small numbers. “Extensive… Read More

CMMI Releases Comments on New Direction for Future Activities

In November, AAHKS provided comments to the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which sent out a New Direction Request for Information (RFI) to help guide CMMI on future activities. This week they released the comments received from more than 1,000 medical societies, physician practices and health systems. According to CMS, comments covered a wide variety… Read More

Today is Match Day 2018!

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery Fellowship Match took place today with 99 programs offering 193 total positions. The number of applicants, positions available and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 177 positions filled, and 16 positions remain open. The SF Match lists the open positions on their website (click the Immediate Vacancies tab). Unmatched applicants… Read More

New PJI Algorithm to be Presented at AAHKS Spring Meeting

AAHKS President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, is moderating the Periprosthetic Joint Infection (PJI) Symposium at the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting. In a video posted to social media this week, Dr. Della Valle describes the new information that will be presented and discussed: New diagnostic criteria for PJI New algorithm for diagnosing infection Topical agents for the prevention… Read More

Finalists for FARE Research Award Announced

The following AAHKS members were selected as finalists for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant, which will be awarded in two weeks at the AAHKS Spring Meeting: A Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Efficacy of Adductor Canal Block Using Liposomal Bupivacaine injection in TKA Jeffrey A. Geller, MD and Matthew J. Grosso, MD Columbia University… Read More

Data Shows Declining Opioid Prescriptions

New data from IQVIA Institute for Data Science, a health information company, shows a continued decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed last year. CNBC reported that “the number of prescriptions accelerated its decline in 2017, with an even faster drop for high doses.” In a statement released this week, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, chair of the AMA Opioid… Read More

Orthopaedists Would Do It All Again

Medscape has released its Physician Compensation Report 2018 that breaks out survey responses of over 20,000 physicians in 29 specialties. According to the report, “The average overall physician salary – including primary care and specialties – is $299,000.” One of the survey questions asked specialists if they would “choose the same specialty” if they had a choice to… Read More