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Study Published on Same-Day, Inpatient Surgery

A study published last week in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compared the morbidity between same-day and inpatient total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. The authors used registry data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. “No significant differences in overall postoperative complications or readmission were found between matched cohorts of patients who underwent same-day… Read More

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Patient microsite homepage

AAHKS has launched a new website for patients that gives them a centralized, credible source for hip and knee replacement surgery information. The new site represents a collaboration between the Patient and Public Relations Committee, Web and Social Media Committee and Evidence Based Medicine Committee. Peer reviewed articles and videos are available now in an attractive format that… Read More

Time to Renew!

As 2017 comes to an end, the AAHKS Membership Department reminds members it is time to renew your AAHKS membership for 2018. The AAHKS membership year runs the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Members received invoices for 2018 dues in their email mailboxes this week. You can renew your membership in AAHKS for another year… Read More

Register for the 2018 Spring Meeting

AAHKS invites you to join colleagues for a weekend of intense learning at the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting, May 4-5 at The Intercontinental Miami. Attendees can leverage the Instructional Course Lecture (ICL) format which is successful largely due to the expertise and collaboration among peers in a small group setting. You can register and make hotel reservations now… Read More

FARE Applications Due in February

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant application reviews will begin in February. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea for consideration of a FARE grant. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a few outstanding applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal for evaluation. The… Read More

AMA Helps Physicians Save Money and Reduce Administrative Burdens

During the Keynote session at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting, Andrew W. Gurman, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association (AMA) noted that the AMA recently lobbied to insure that health plans can’t force physicians to accept payment via virtual credit cards, as these cards are associated with exorbitant fees. The AMA offers electronic transaction toolkits for extensive… Read More

CMS Final Rule Alters CJR Participation and Cancels Mandatory Episode Payment Models

On November 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule, “Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR).” This action finalizes policies… Read More

AAHKS Interprets “Two-Midnight Rule” for TKA

Following the announcement that total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is being removed from the inpatient only list in the most recent CMS CY18 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems (HOPPS) rule, AAHKS and our regulatory firm Epstein Becker & Green discussed with CMS Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group staff the interpretation of the “Two-Midnight Rule”… Read More

AAHKS Comments on MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing for TKA Draft Measure

AAHKS and The Knee Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Acumen, LLC regarding its MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing. Comments involved both the TKA draft cost measure itself and what information it collects, but also the reports that are generated for physicians’ use and the difficulty in accessing and reviewing… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMMI New Direction Request for Information

AAHKS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (“Innovation Center” or CMMI) New Direction Request for Information (RFI). AAHKS is guided by its three principles: payment reform is most effective when physician-led; the burden of excessive physician reporting on metrics detracts from care; and patient access,… Read More