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Humanitarian Award Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the 2019 AAHKS Humanitarian Award has been extended until May 15. The award recipient will be recognized at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November, and a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the organization. Last year, Gerard “Jerry” A....

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What Patients are Watching: Opioid Alternative Plan

ABC affiliate, KRDV 12 in Oregon, featured an interview with AAHKS member, James R. Van Horne, MD, who has created a treatment plan for patients to stop using narcotics for pain control within the first week after hip or knee replacement surgery. Part of the plan is...

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AAHKS Spring Meeting Sold Out!

Attendance at the AAHKS Spring Meeting has grown each year since the first one in 2016, and we are pleased to announce that we have reached the attendance cap for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting. The AAHKS Spring Meeting concept was intentionally designed to be a small,...

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FARE Finalists Announced for Spring Award

Research proposals from the following applicants for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) Grant Award have been selected as finalists: Matthew S. Austin, MD, Rothman Institute The Impact of Preoperative Opioid Cessation on Post-Operative...

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New Part D Policies Address Opioid Epidemic

New Part D policies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can be reviewed in a roadmap published in a recent blog by Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Kimberly Brandt, “Early last year, the published a roadmap outlining our efforts to...

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Participate in Documentation Burden Survey

The not-for-profit Health Level Seven (HL7) Da Vinci Project aims to develop content standards that help providers and others to positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes. The Da Vinci Project is working with CMS on a survey where the...

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Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health

Here are some highlights from the latest issue of the AAHKS open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today: Patients, pictures, and privacy: managing clinical photographs in the smartphone era John F. Nettrour, M. Benjamin Burch, B. Sonny Bal Changes in prospectively...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Prescription Drug Proposed Rule

AAHKS commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule to modify requirements for use of the HIPAA National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard. The proposed rule “would adopt a modification to the requirements for the use...

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CMS Announces New Enrollment Period for BPCI, TKA Bundle

The CMS Innovation Center will open a new enrollment period for Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced, which started on October 1, 2018 and runs through December 31, 2023. The new application period will open this month for participation in Model Year...

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Watch Recording of AAHKS Webinar on Dysplastic Hips

AAHKS hosted a lively webinar this week, “Total Hip Arthroplasty in Highly Dysplastic Hips,” with distinguished faculty members from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Greece and the US. Discussion included these topics: Anatomical references in both low and high dislocated hips...

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Call for AAHKS 2019 Abstract Reviewers

Take advantage of the opportunity to be involved in the review process of high-quality, cutting-edge presentations and posters for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. The AAHKS Program Committee is calling for volunteers to blind-review abstracts starting in early June. A...

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Global Experience Comes to Next AAHKS Webinar

Presentations in the next AAHKS Webinar, “Total Hip Arthroplasty in Dysplastic Hips,” will be given by a faculty of international surgeons who are practicing surgeons, editors, professors and leaders in the field: Klaus-Peter Günther, MD (Germany), Editor Orthopädie...

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How to Ask Older Adults About Opioids

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a webinar, “Improving Opioid Misuse Prevention Literacy between Older Adults and Health Care Providers,” on March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)....

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New AAHKS Leaders Take Office

Michael “Bolo” P. Bolognesi, MD took office as the 29th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting on March 13, 2019 in Las Vegas. Dr. Bolognesi is Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Adult...

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Dr. Parks Receives AAOS Diversity Award

In recognition of his dedication to advancing diversity in orthopaedics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented its 2019 Diversity Award to Michael L. Parks, MD, clinical director of Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in...

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Contribute to AMA-RAND Research

The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association (AMA) are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements have integrated behavioral health care into the range of services they...

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In Memoriam: David S. Hungerford, MD

One of the founding members of AAHKS, David S. Hungerford, MD, passed away on March 2, 2019 at his home near Baltimore. Dr. Hungerford, along with Merrill A. Ritter, MD, represented The Knee Society in the 1990 meetings that led to the founding of AAHKS – known then...

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Register for the AAHKS Webinar on Dysplastic Hips

The next AAHKS webinar, “AAHKS 2019 Total Hip Arthroplasty in Dysplastic Hips,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT). This webinar will begin with the important anatomical references in both low and high dislocated hips, how to plan the surgery...

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CMS Reaches Out on Opioid Misuse

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently mailed letters to all Medicare fee-for-service providers about work to reduce opioid misuse by people covered by Medicare. The letter touches on three initiatives including a “roadmap” to help frame the...

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AAHKS 2019 Call for Submissions

The AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee and James A. Browne, MD, Program Chair, invite abstract submissions and symposium proposals for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. All submissions are due by June 3, 2019. Submit high-quality scientific and socioeconomic...

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British Study Extends Implant Life

A study published in The Lancet by authors at the University of Bristol Medical School in the United Kingdom shows hip and knee implants “last as long as 25 years,” according to BBC News. Using data from joint replacement registries in six countries, researchers...

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AI and TJR – A Perfect Match

"Hip and knee replacement surgeons for over a decade have serendipitously been stockpiling troves of data in patient-centered registries primed for machine learning analysis and algorithm development," said AAHKS member, Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, in a Forbes article...

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AAHKS and AAOS Leaders Meet with CMS

Representatives from AAHKS and AAOS met with CMS staff this week to discuss the previously reported Medicare Learning Network (MLN) newsletter, that was released in order to help clarify how the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list...

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Tranexamic Acid Regimen Study Receives Coventry Award

A paper presented at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting has won The Knee Society’s Mark Coventry, MD Award. Authors Yale A. Fillingham, MD, Brian Darrith, MD, Tyler E. Calkins, BS, Matthew P. Abdel, MD, Arthur L. Malkani, MD, Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, Douglas E. Padgett, MD,...

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AAHKS to Host Scholar from Nicaragua

In partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AAHKS will host Dr. Mario Cuadra from Managua, Nicaragua at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November. Dr. Cuadra is the recipient of the 2019 International Scholars Program scholarship. He...

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Learn Essential Elements of Outpatient TJR

A symposium on the essential elements for an outpatient total hip and knee arthroplasty will be presented by veteran experts in the field at the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting in New York. The faculty will detail the critical components, such as patient selection, surgical...

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The Debate is On: Europe vs North America

The International Session at the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting will feature a debate on contemporary topics in hip and knee arthroplasty pitting members from Europe against members from North America. Douglas E. Padgett, MD will moderate this session which kicks off on...

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Call for Research Surveys

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

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FARE-Funded Study Receives Insall Award

The Knee Society notified Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS of the selection of the paper, “Fructosamine is a Better Glycemic Marker Compared to Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1C) in Predicting Adverse Outcomes Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Multicenter Study,” for...

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CMS Reaches Out to Clarify TKA Removal from IPO List

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) newsletter to help clarify a final rule that removes total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient only list. AAHKS and AAOS will be meeting with CMS later this month to...

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FDA Cracks Down on Stem Cell Clinics

The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued letters to clinics offering stem cell injections in a clinic setting. The FDA is giving the cited clinics until November 2020 to contact federal regulators. Patients with arthritis pain...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: AAHKS MEMBER PORTAL MAINTENANCE

AAHKS is upgrading the member website portal from Friday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 6, 2019. During this time, you will not be able to log in. If you need immediate assistance with dues payment or meeting registration, please call 847-698-1200 Monday...

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Call for International Poster Submissions

For the first time, the AAHKS Spring Meeting will include presentation of 10 posters selected from international submissions as part of the educational program. A call for posters from authors practicing in countries outside of North America is open now through April...

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Hip, Knee Societies Acquire CCJR

A joint statement by The Hip Society and The Knee Society announced the acquisition of the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement course started in 1983 by A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil (Oxon) of the Current Concepts Institute. The program takes place twice a year and will...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for January 2019

The following articles were the most clicked last month: AAHKS Issues Two Positions: Opioids and Biologics Watch AAHKS TKA Webinar Recording We Need Your TKA Input on Quality Audits Stay for Specialty...

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We Need Your TKA Input on Quality Audits

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only list, it committed to suspending audits by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) for two years. The suspension was to serve as a grace period...

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BCBS Claims-Based Study Issued on TJR

According to a review just released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, medical claims data from 2010-2017 show an increase in volume and cost of planned total joint replacements. The review also looked at data for inpatient vs. outpatient surgeries....

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AAHKS Represented at the AMA RUC Meeting

AAHKS was represented by Adam Sassoon, MD, MS, at this week’s AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Meeting. The RUC is the AMA body that describes the resources and time required to provide physician services in developing RVUs and makes recommendations to the...

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Andy Murray Announces Retirement from Tennis

Britain’s former number one ranked professional tennis player, Andy Murray, has announced that he will retire from tennis at the end of the year “due to severe pain in his hip,” according to the New Scientist. After two hip surgeries, Murray is considering resurfacing...

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Watch AAHKS TKA Webinar Recording

If you missed the live webinar held last month moderated by Adolph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS and co-moderated by Jeremy M. Gililland, MD, you can watch the recording online now. Total Knee Arthroplasty in End Stages of Degenerative Disease: The Articulation in Primary...

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Impact of CJR Bundled-Payments Assessed

The New England Journal of Medicine published a two-year evaluation of cases from hospitals covered by the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program. The study compared 280,161 hip and knee replacement procedures in 803 hospitals in...

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Renew Your 2019 Membership

It only takes a few minutes to renew your AAHKS membership online. Simply log in at www.aahks.org, and click the RENEW button on the right side. Don’t let any of your membership benefits expire such as your journal access and reduced rates at upcoming educational...

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Grant Deadlines Approaching

In addition to the February 1st deadline for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education Grant (FARE) from AAHKS, there are two other grant-related deadlines approaching from other sources: Due January 15: USBJI Grant Mentoring and Career Development...

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Stay for Specialty Day 2019

AAHKS, The Hip Society and The Knee Society will present concurrent hip and knee programs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas following the AAOS Annual Meeting. These day-long programs will cover a wide range of contemporary...

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Invitation to Comment on CMS Draft Measure

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), has developed claims-based hospital measures to assess the quality of care provided to...

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Final Month to Submit FARE Grant LOI

Initial applications for the spring cycle Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) Grant are due Tuesday, February 1, 2019. The application, which serves as the Letter of Intent (LOI), will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a decision...

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Tired of Forgetting to Renew?

The end of 2018 marks the end of the AAHKS membership year. Members received dues renewals by email today and can renew online by logging in to the AAHKS website. While you’re there, please take a moment to review your Profile information including current address,...

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Think Spring in New York

The 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting takes place May 2-4 in New York City, and registration is open now. Unique to the AAHKS Spring Meeting are the breakouts with faculty in small-group case discussions. Nowhere else will you experience the didactic one-on-one interaction...

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Top Video Views from AAHKS 2018

Attendees of the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting have been viewing videos of the presentations made at the podium. Available for the first time, these videos have been very popular. Here are the top clicks: Why Worry about the Pelvis, Symposium I: Simplifying the Concepts...

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Register for the next 1-hour webinar from AAHKS!

Total Knee Arthroplasty in End Stages of Degenerative Disease: The Articulation in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 8:00 p.m. (Central) Moderator: Adolph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS - Moderator Co-Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD...

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AAHKS Leadership Addressing Potentially Misvalued Codes

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified seven high volume current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as potentially misvalued, among which were 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty),...

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How Anthem Letter Triggered CPT Review

Orthopedics This Week published an article, “Anthem Lobbying Hard to Slash TKA, THA Pay,” which provides in-depth insight on the previously reported CMS call for review of seven potentially misvalued CPT codes. The article explains that the call for review was...

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New Articles Added to Patient Library

Four new articles have been added to the AAHKS patient education library. The AAHKS Patient and Publications Committee has published these to the AAHKS patient website. Please share with your patients. Going Home after Joint Replacement Surgery Traveling after Joint...

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Fast Facts from AAOS on TKR Projected Growth

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has developed a fact sheet and downloadable infographic of TKR projected growth statistics recently published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Some of the items highlighted include: By 2030, total knee replacement...

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Annual Meeting Presentation Videos Premiere!

AAHKS is pleased to announce that 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting video content is now available to all meeting participants. Review the Annual Meeting scientific sessions, symposia and award presentations in high-quality, on-demand videos. Please note that this is intended...

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CMS Releases Draft MIPS THA/TKA Complication Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), has developed claims-based hospital measures to assess the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by...

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Support Your PAC

by David A. Halsey, MD, AAOS President As you know, in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, CMS identified several potentially current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as “misvalued”, including 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for November 2018

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News items in November: Apply to Open Positions on AAHKS Committees Home Based PT Videos Added to Patient Education Library 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting Highlights CMS Surveys High-Volume Medicare Participants on THA...

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Registration Open for 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting

You can register and reserve your hotel room now for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place May 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan in New York. Unique to the AAHKS Spring Meeting are the breakouts with faculty in small-group case discussions. Nowhere else will you...

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AAHKS and AAOS Meet with CMS

Leaders from AAHKS and AAOS engaged with representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week to address the designation of hip and knee arthroplasty codes as “potentially misvalued” in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule,...

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Prior Authorization Burdens Add Up

A 2017 survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) showed that physicians report an increase in prior authorization (PA) burdens imposed by insurance companies and other payers. In the survey, 84% of physicians responded that the burden associated with PAs is...

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What Patients are Reading: Reps in the OR

The topic of whether industry representatives should be allowed in surgical operating rooms was recently discussed on the National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program. The accompanying article weighs the pros and cons of having representatives of hip and knee...

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CMS Surveys High Volume Medicare Participants on THA

AAHKS members may have received an email from Kathy Bryant, Senior Technical Advisor, Hospital and Ambulatory Payment Group, and accompanying letter from Carol Blackford, Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposal to Revalue THA and TKA Codes

CMS recently released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and identified seven high volume current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as potentially misvalued, among which were 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty). CMS...

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Claiming CME Credit for AAHKS 2018

If you attended the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting, you have received an email with a link to the evaluation survey. AAHKS uses the data collected from this survey to improve the Annual Meeting experience each year. Once you have completed the survey, you will be directed...

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