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Arthroplasty Today Highlights Collection Featured Online

The first-ever print edition of the AAHKS open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today, was published by Elsevier and distributed at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. This special issue, “Highlights 2015-2017,” featured a collection of case reports, office tips, surgical techniques, rare conditions, original research, a systematic review and a white paper curated by Editor-in-Chief, Brian J. McGrory, MD. The highlights… Read More

AHA Asks CMS to Delay BPCI-Advanced Deadline

Modern Healthcare reported that the American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “make available more information by March 1 and then delay the application deadline from March 12 to April 16” for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model. The AHA letter cited the need for more details and… Read More

CMS Makes 2017 Performance Scores Available

Eligible clinicians participating in MIPS as an individual who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for MIPS via claims can view their performance scores through the MIPS data submission feature. Claims-based quality measures are calculated automatically by CMS based on the Quality Data Codes (G-codes) submitted on 2017 claims. March 1, 2018 is the deadline to submit 2017 claims… Read More

Health Care Provisions in New US Budget Act Explained

On February 9, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Bipartisan Budget of Act of 2018. While the Budget Act primarily provides stopgap funding for the government operations through March 23, the legislation also includes several dozen provisions related to health care – including telehealth. These provisions are largely taken from the Creating… Read More

Some Spots Remaining for Knee Course

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Visit to register for this skills course directed by Henry D. Clarke, MD and James A. Browne, MD on March 22-24, 2018 at the OLC Education and Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

AAHKS Legislative Retreat Puts Focus on Patient Care

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On Friday, a contingent of the AAHKS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs, Health Policy Fellows, local AAHKS members, AAHKS staff and from The Hip Society met in Washington, D.C. for a day of advocacy action as part of a two-day legislative retreat focused on the care of hip and knee patients. Congressman Roger Marshall, MD… Read More

CMS Holds Second BPCI Advanced Forum

The CMS Innovation Center will be holding a second Open Door Forum to answer questions regarding the BPCI Advanced Model and the Application Process on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST). In BPCI Advanced, participants will be expected to redesign care delivery to keep Medicare expenditures within a defined budget while maintaining or improving… Read More

AMA Publishes Report on Economic Impact of Physicians

The 2018 AMA Economic Impact Study from the American Medical Association provides state-specific data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia illustrating the significant impact physicians have on our national and state economies through the creation of jobs, the purchase of goods and services, and large-scale support of state and local tax revenue. You can search… Read More

Actor Alec Baldwin Receives THR

Entertainment Weekly reported that television and film actor, Alec Baldwin, received a total hip replacement this week. His wife, Hilaria Baldwin, posted updates on Instagram as the 59-year old prepared for and recovered from surgery, “Thank you for your kind wishes. I know many of you are anxious to hear how he is doing. We have been here… Read More

BPCI Advanced Forum Covers TJR Issues

On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an “Open Door Forum” webinar for providers interested in the newly announced Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). This is a new, voluntary advanced payment model to test iterations of bundled payments for episodes of care including major joint replacement of the lower extremity. At… Read More