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Hip and Knee Surgery in the News: George W. Bush, Knee Replacement #2

USA Today reported that former President, George W. Bush, returned to Rush University Medical Center’s Midwest Orthopaedics in Chicago for a partial knee replacement on his left knee. This is the second visit to Richard Berger, MD since Memorial Day when he had a partial knee replacement on his right knee. Read the full article.

DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction joins AAHKS as Gold Corporate Partner

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction  is recognized as a Gold Corporate Partner. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we face together. Founded in 1895, DePuy Orthopaedics was the… Read More

AAHKS Response to TKR Study

“Using a Validated Algorithm to Judge the Appropriateness of Total Knee Arthroplasty in the United States: A Multi-Center Longitudinal Cohort Study (Riddle, et al)” recently published in Arthritis & Rheumatology about total knee replacement has lead to some news articles questioning the appropriateness of TKR. One of the study’s authors, AAHKS Second Vice President, Bill Jiranek, MD, worked with… Read More

Call for Peer Reviewers for New Online Journal

AAHKS is seeking members interested in serving as peer reviewers and members of the editorial board of our new online journal, Arthroplasty Today. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Brian J. McGrory, MD, Editor-in-Chief  at AAHKSStaff@aahks.org. About Arthroplasty Today This online journal, published four times a year, serves as a venue for current topics related to… Read More

Review Period Started for Open Payments Data

Before CMS posts information on payments and other transfers of value it receives from manufacturers on their public website, physicians have the opportunity to review the information to determine that it is accurate. To review information submitted by a manufacturer about you, the first step is to register on CMS’ Open Payments website. After you have registered, you… Read More

Last Call for Humanitarian Award Nominations

Deadline: Monday, July 21, 2014 Nominating a candidate is streamlined and convenient using this online form. Candidates who are selected as finalists will be asked to provide additional information. The Humanitarian Award recognizes AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves by providing humanitarian medical services and programs with a significant focus on musculoskeletal diseases and trauma including the hip… Read More

Stryker Joins AAHKS as Platinum Corporate Partner

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, Stryker is recognized as a Platinum  Corporate Partner. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we face together. Visit the Stryker website. Stryker is a leading medical technology… Read More

AAHKS Member Named Orthopaedic Surgery Chair at UAMS

C. Lowry Barnes, M.D. has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) effective August 1. He will hold the Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Barnes has been a UAMS professor of orthopaedics for the past three years while he continued his private practice.… Read More

Dr. McGrory Appointed Editor-in-Chief

AAHKS has announced the appointment of the founding Editor-in-Chief, AAHKS member Brian J. McGrory, MD, for the new medical journal, Arthroplasty Today. Dr. McGrory has editorial board experience with the American Journal of Orthopaedics, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Hospital Physician, and other peer-reviewed medical journals. Arthroplasty Today will serve as a venue for current topics related to joint… Read More

Medicare 2015 Fee Schedule Released

On July 3rd, CMS released their proposed 2015 physician fee schedule. The final rates and policies will be effective January 1, 2015. Among other things, the Proposed Rule would refine the physician work and practice expense (PE) resource-based relative value units (RVUs) and make changes to the payment rates for services paid under the MPFS. CMS expects reimbursement… Read More