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AAHKS Leaders Comment on Payment Study

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compares payment margins between the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI) and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) with the conclusion that CJR is causing a reduction in...

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AAHKS Global Outreach Poll

The AAHKS Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a foundation to handle centralized functions on behalf of the international Operation Walk medical missions and other humanitarian ventures. This will include accepting and redistributing charitable...

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View Scientific Posters from AAHKS 2019

Scientific posters presented at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting are available to view on the poster website. Each poster listing includes the ePoster, abstract and audio from the author if recorded. The poster archive includes posters going back to the 2014 AAHKS Annual...

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2019 Membership Year Comes to an End

It has been a busy year for AAHKS as we have been actively advocating for members in Washington, D.C., supporting practice-changing research and hosting the largest educational meeting in our history. Hundreds of volunteers work with staff to bring value to membership...

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London Study Says Marathons Good for Knees

The New York Times reported on a prospective cohort study published in the British Medical Journal Open Sport & Exercise Medicine journal that asked, “Can marathon running improve knee damage in middle-aged adults?” The article cites previous studies that showed...

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Annual Meeting Attendees Can Access Free Videos

General Session video content from the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting is now available online. If you attended the Meeting, you can log in to view presentations, symposia and award presentations in high-quality, on-demand videos at no charge. These videos are made...

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CMS Covers Changes to Home Health Care Referrals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published two articles for physicians referring patients to Medicare home health care or ordering home health services. “Overview of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model” provides an overview of the new case-mix...

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In Memoriam: Dean Carl Maar, MD

The orthopaedic community was saddened to learn of the death of Dean Carl Maar, MD during a home invasion in Indianapolis on November 27, 2019. Dr. Maar served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arthroplasty from 1991-1999 and served as co-author on several...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks from November 2019

The following news items were the most clicked in the AAHKS News in November 2019: Doctors Hopeful AVN Avoided for Alabama’s Quarterback Total Joint Replacement: A Breakdown of Costs Apply to Open Positions on AAHKS Committees by November 30, 2019 CMS Releases...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS RFI on Program Integrity

AAHKS provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity’s Request for Information (RFI) on the Future of Program Integrity. Within the RFI, CMS requested input on provider education. AAHKS used the opportunity to...

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New Grant Funding Available from OREF

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has announced new funding opportunities with grants from $5,000 to $240,000. Grant applications are due soon for health disparities, impact of regulatory policies, biologics, growing spine conditions, new...

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AAHKS Annual Meeting Sets a High Bar

Known as the premiere educational event in adult reconstruction, the AAHKS Annual Meeting met all expectations in 2019. From reaffirmation of protocols to new techniques to take back to practice, attendees remarked how valuable the experience is to them personally and...

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FARE Doubles Research Funding!

Following its Board of Directors meeting, the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) announced it will fund one additional research project per grant cycle. This will increase the available research funding to $200,000 annually. If you are...

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AAHKS 2019 Kicks Off in Dallas

The 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting is underway in Dallas, Texas, USA with more than 3,600 attendees – another new attendance record for AAHKS. The first AAHKS Resident Lab Course took place on Thursday with 100 residents and 19 faculty for hands-on learning with leaders in...

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Total Joint Replacement: A Breakdown of Costs

Many people who have total joint replacement surgery say the surgery is life changing as they regain their independence, return to work and enjoy recreational activities again. A common misconception is that surgeons are paid most of the cost from surgery. The AAHKS...

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FDA Issues Statement on Device Availability

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement in response to the closure of two sterilization facilities recently. The availability of medical devices including implants used in hip and knee replacement surgeries may be impacted by the closures. “We...

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Top AAHKS News Articles from October 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked last month: Motivating Patients to Quit Smoking Studies Document Change in Arthroplasty Care What Patients are Reading: Corticosteroid Injections Longer Surgery Time May Increase Infection Risk Read the AAHKS News...

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AAHKS Membership Breaks Monthly Record

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved a record of 82 individuals for membership in AAHKS this month. New members include Fellow, Candidate, Arthroplasty Surgeon in Training, International and Clinical Affiliate members. This brings the total membership number to...

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Longer Surgery Time May Increase Infection Risk

A study published in The Lancet this week found that surgical time longer than 100 minutes increased the risk of infection in total knee arthroplasties. Authors of the study, “Surgical duration is associated with an increased risk of periprosthetic infection following...

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This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: TJA Lab

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Friday, November 8 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Persona Revision Bioskills Experience Lab 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Zimmer Biomet Join Zimmer Biomet for an afternoon of education featuring the latest implants and...

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PCL in CR Study Earns Top JOA Tweet this Month

The study, “Does Recession of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament Influence Outcome in Total Knee Arthroplasty?” generated the most activity on the Journal of Arthroplasty’s Twitter account so far this month. The authors’ conclusion that “cruciate-retaining (CR) TKA...

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AAHKS Writes Congress Regarding Surprise Billing

AAHKS joined the American Medical Association and more than 100 specialty and state medical societies in sending letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives regarding surprise billing. The letters call for legislation not to “create new imbalances in the...

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Studies Document Change in Arthroplasty Care

Two recent studies show that hip and knee surgeons are performing more work prior to the procedure to optimize patients and achieve better outcomes. Team Approach: Perioperative Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty Perioperative Orthopedic Surgical Home:...

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Annual Meeting App is Live!

If you haven’t already, download the AAHKS Annual Meeting app to your mobile phone from the Apple or Google Play stores. Information posted includes: Daily schedule with links to abstracts List of speakers with links to presentations Exhibit hall map and list of...

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Countdown to AAHKS 2019: 33 Days!

With the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting about a month away, here are some important reminders: Register now! Prices increase by $50 on November 7. Make hotel reservations. The Hilton Anatole is full, but we have secured the “A Room With a View” booking service to find you...

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Motivating Patients to Quit Smoking

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published an article for patients that addresses the importance of quitting smoking prior to surgery. The article explains the risk of complications patients may have while using tobacco products such as poor scar...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS OPPS and PFS Proposed Rules

Last week, AAHKS sent our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on two proposed rules for calendar year 2020. The proposed changes to the CMS Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Systems included...

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Top News Clicks for September 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked last month: Read Arthroplasty Today September 2019 Issue OrthoCarolina Implements Opioid Protocol AAHKS Signs Prior Authorization Letter to CMS Airport Security Video Getting Press Coverage Read the AAHKS News blog...

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AAHKS Awards Announced for Outstanding Papers

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has announced three outstanding papers that will be presented with the AAHKS Awards at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Congratulations to these authors: James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award Traditional Intravenous Fluid vs. Oral...

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Finalists Selected for 2019 Fall FARE Grant

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced the finalists for the fall FARE grant that will be awarded to one applicant at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Michael P. Ast, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery Comparison of Nebulized...

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Second AAOS Member Runs for US Senate

The Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Orthopaedic PAC) formally endorsed fellow member and Alaskan orthopaedic surgeon Al Gross, MD, FAAOS, for the U.S. Senate. Dr. Gross, who is running as an Independent, is a lifelong...

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AAHKS Signs Prior Authorization Letter to CMS

AAHKS joined more than 100 specialty, state and other health care organizations in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, regarding the use of prior authorization (PA). The letter shares our concerns with...

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Exciting Changes for AAHKS Poster Exhibition

The AAHKS Poster Exhibition at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting is one of the most popular components of the Meeting, and this year, many new features will upgrade the experience. The number of posters displayed has increased to 350 so more of the exceptional research...

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Call For Membership Research Surveys

If you are interested in submitting a research survey to current AAHKS members, we invite you to share your study with the AAHKS Research Committee. Proposals must include survey investigators, a brief abstract and a draft of the specific questionnaire. Survey topics...

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In Memoriam: John R. Tongue, MD

On August 25, 2019, John R. Tongue, MD died at his home on Oswego Lake in Oregon. Dr. Tongue served as the 80th President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2012, and served as faculty at AAHKS Annual Meetings. He was a clinical associate professor of...

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Medicare Spending vs. Private Insurance

Healthcare Finance reported on a University of Michigan study that concluded “the Medicare system spends far more than it probably needs to on post-hospital care.” Looking at post-hospital care provided at home, in skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and...

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AAHKS Supports MA Prior Authorization Standardization

AAHKS joined more than 360 specialty and state societies, as well as other patient, physician and health care professional associations and stakeholders, to write to Congress in support of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107). The Act,...

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Read Arthroplasty Today September 2019 Issue

The September issue of Arthroplasty Today highlights the new “Viewpoint” editorial category with the article, “Total joint arthroplasty in the public hospitals of Port-au-Prince, Haiti: our experience,” by Jessica Hooper, MD, Ronald H. Israelski, MD, Ran Schwarzkopf,...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for August 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in August: AAHKS Video Shows No Hassle Getting through Airport Security CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020 Overview Shows Impact of TKA IPO Removal Coding and Billing Subject of Next AAHKS...

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AAHKS Members Surveyed on Opioid Prescribing

A survey of AAHKS members on opioid prescribing has been published as a study in Orthopedics. According to Charles P. Hannon, MD, who is the lead on the AAHKS opioid awareness task force, the study “demonstrates the significant variability in opioid prescribing after...

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Analyzing JOA Catheter Study

HealthLeaders Media published an analysis of a catheter study published in-press in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA), “Indwelling Urinary Catheter for Total Joint Arthroplasty Using Epidural Anesthesia.” Key takeaways from the analysis are: The researchers compared...

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Apply to OREF Grants by September 5

Applications for two Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) grants are due by Thursday, September 5, 2019. The Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD provides up to $75,000 in...

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This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: ASCs

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Friday, November 8 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting:  Lowering the Cost of Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Throughout the Episode of Care 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Zimmer Biomet Everyone is well aware total joints...

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Coding and Billing Subject of Next AAHKS Webinar

The AAHKS Webinar, “Coding and Billing: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Practice,” takes place on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The webinar will review clinical and surgical coding, how to maximize reimbursement and further your understanding of the...

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AAHKS Signs on to E/M Code Value Revision Letter

AAHKS, along with 52 other medical organizations, submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH to express opposition to a proposal in the 2020 CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule “not to incorporate into the global codes the adjusted values...

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Symposia, Presentations Announced for AAHKS 2019

Selections have been made for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting General Session. From the record 1,723 abstract and 36 symposium submissions, the Program Committee has selected 59 podium presentations, 350 posters and eight symposia. The symposium topics for the 2019...

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AAHKS Submits CMS RFI on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

This week, AAHKS responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services’ (CMS) Request for Information (RFI): Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork. Our comments included discussion of the “significant confusion among providers and program...

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Overview Shows Impact of TKA IPO Removal

With the release of the CMS 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems proposed rule, CMS has sought input on the removal of total hip arthroplasty from the IPO list. AAHKS member Jeffrey D. Angel, MD,...

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CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the CY 2020 Proposed Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B on July 29, 2019. AAHKS has prepared a summary memo of the issues relating to our members within...

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: PJI

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Targeted Orthopaedics: Genetics, Microbiome, Environment and their Impact on PJI 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Heraeus Medical LLC Attendees of this session should come...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for July 2019

These news items were the most clicked in AAHKS News last month: Study on Approach and PJI Dr. Bozic Describes His TKA JOR Publishes Stem Cell Issue Mini-Debates in AAHKS Team Course Read the AAHKS News...

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AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Filled

The AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course that takes place at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting has filled. Nearly 200 applications were submitted for this popular course that provides residents with the opportunity to learn the latest principles in the field of total joint...

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AMA-RUC Process Advances

The data collection period for the RUC survey of total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty has ended. AAHKS and AAOS will now tabulate the results, prepare an analysis, and present to the RUC in October. We thank the members who participated in the survey....

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Mini-Debates to Take Place in AAHKS Team Course

The AAHKS Team Course held during the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting will include mini-debates between faculty during the program. Mark J. Spangehl, MD will debate whether “Robotics for Knee Replacement is the Future” with Gwo-Chin Lee, MD. “The Anterior Approach is...

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Study on Approach and PJI

A study in The Bone & Joint Journal at a single institution examined the impact of approach on periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). Researchers compared the direct anterior (DA) approach to other surgical approaches (NA) and “found a higher rate of PJI in DA versus...

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