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Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in Miami after AAHKS Spring Meeting!

Once the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting concludes in the afternoon on Saturday, May 5, you can enjoy Cinco de Mayo festivities, until your flight that evening, or stay another night and spend Sunday taking in the sights. “The Magic City” is hosting a block party in downtown Miami where the InterContinental hotel is located. Visit for happenings… Read More

Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization

The American Medical Association announced the results of a new prior authorization (PA) physician survey issued in December 2017. The results provide strong evidence of the significant impact that the burdensome PA process can have on both patients and physician practices. According to the survey, which examined the experiences of 1,000 patient care physicians, nearly two-thirds (64 percent)… Read More

What Patients are Viewing: Patient Live Tweets during THR

A British hip patient took to social media before, during and after his hip replacement surgery. While under twilight anesthesia, the 55-year old tweeted his reaction to the surgery environment. According to the Shropshire Star, “[The Tweets] were shared on the hospital’s Facebook page, in a post that was viewed by almost 11,000 people. Many people also commented… Read More

Gregory J. Golladay, MD Appointed AT Deputy Editor

As Arthroplasty Today (AT) continues to grow, AAHKS put out a call for a Deputy Editor to work in collaboration with Editor in Chief Brian J. McGrory, MD. This week, Gregory J. Golladay, MD, was selected and will begin serving in that role next month. “AT is uniquely positioned to flourish as an open access journal, and AAHKS… Read More

A Close Look at an AAHKS Spring Meeting Breakout

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The intimate learning experience crafted for the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting includes breakout sessions in a case-based instructional course lectures format. There are six breakouts over two days. Here’s what a typical breakout session looks like: Each breakout goes for 80 minutes where the moderator presents five to six cases to breakout attendees. From there, attendees gather at… Read More

JAMA Editorial Suggests TJR Cost Savings

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) Viewpoint section, “Hip and Knee Replacements: A Neglected Potential Savings Opportunity,” suggests that “overutilization and overpricing of hip and knee replacements” need to be addressed by the U.S. health care system. HealthCareDive cites other studies that have examined costs, bundles and patient education as other ways… Read More

Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) Advisor’s Circle, which provides participants with a leadership role, met at last week’s AAOS Annual Meeting. AAHKS’s participation in the Advisor’s Circle allows us to work with OrthoPAC to maximize our opportunities to make an impact in Washington, DC for the benefit of our members. You too can help… Read More

CMS Looking for Coding Feedback

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for physicians and non-physician practitioners to provide feedback on Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on potential updates to the E/M guidelines to reduce burden and better align coding and documentation with the current practice of medicine. The listening session on March 21, 2018… Read More

New AAHKS President, Board Members Take Office

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Craig J. Della Valle, MD took office as the 28th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Della Valle is the Aaron G. Rosenberg Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Section of Adult Reconstruction at… Read More

Federal Opioid Policy Update

Last week, there were developments in federal actions related to prevention, treatment and enforcement related to opioids. The AAHKS advocacy firm, Epstein Becker & Green, has prepared a synopsis of these activities including the White House Opioid Summit, a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Here is… Read More