American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Patient Outcomes’

What Patients are Reading: Knee and Hip Replacements are Common, But They’re Not Always Fully Successful

The Washington Post published an article this week written by Consumer Reports discussing the benefits and potential downsides of joint replacement and outlining realistic post-surgical expectations including quotes from AAHKS member surgeons. “More than half of all older adults in the United States have arthritis. Most often it’s osteoarthritis (OA), where the cartilage between joints wears down, causing… 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

A Closer Look at the ACR/AAHKS Guideline

In an interview with Medscape, Susan Goodman, MD describes in-depth the process that took place to develop the new guideline, “2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Dr. Goodman explains how ACR and… Read More

AJRR Featured in Medscape

An article in this week’s Medscape Orthopedics news asks the question, “Will orthopedic registries improve joint surgery outcomes?” Looking at new data from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the official registry of AAHKS, the article suggests that new insights into patient outcomes are affecting health care decisions. “Findings like these give a sense of the data that… Read More