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Call For Member Research Surveys

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

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Reminder to Complete 2020 TJA IPO Removal Poll

AAHKS members in current practice should have received a request from AAHKS to complete a new poll regarding consequences of the 2018 removal of total knee arthroplasty and the 2020 removal of total hip arthroplasty from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

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Open Access Highlights from the March Issue of JOA

The March issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) has published online and in the JOA app. Open access highlights with full-text available without a subscription include: Determining and Achieving Target Limb-Length and Offset in Total Hip Arthroplasty using...

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Next AAHKS Webinar: Patient Engagement Platforms

AAHKS is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT), "Patient Engagement Platforms: What are they and what can they offer my patients and practice?" The webinar will provide an overview of current patient engagement platforms utilized perioperatively...

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Arthroplasty Today Call for Reviewers

Gregory J. Golladay, MD, has announced a call for reviewers to join a growing team of volunteers for Arthroplasty Today. The open-access AAHKS case report journal is indexed in PubMed Central and has started 2020 with a record number of submitted manuscripts. Send CV...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for January 2020

These were the most clicked articles from the AAHKS News in January: Recognizing and Treating Metal Allergy When Same Day Surgery is Right for You JOA Study Says TXA OK for High Risk Patients Literature Review: Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty New Study Shows...

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New Study Shows Underutilization of TKA in OA Patients

A new study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, “Examining Timeliness of Total Knee Replacement Among Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis in the U.S.: Results from the OAI and MOST Longitudinal Cohorts,” looked at utilization for total knee arthroplasty...

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AAHKS Represented at AMA RUC Meeting

AAHKS was represented by Adam A. Sassoon, MD, MS and Adolph J. “Chick” Yates Jr., MD, FAOA at last week’s AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Meeting in Phoenix. AAHKS representatives attend all RUC meetings to monitor the issues,...

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Experts in Orthopaedics Needed

CMS and Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation – Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE) are working together on a project to gather expert input on development and reevaluation of total hip and knee arthroplasty outcome measures. If you would...

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Advocacy is Time Well Spent

The current issue of Orthopedics Today features articles on physician advocacy. The cover story, “Advocacy gives physicians a voice, benefits patients” includes interviews with leaders in orthopaedics who are making a difference in Washington, D.C. AAHKS Advocacy...

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CJR Annual Report Shows Net Savings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has released their second annual report on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. The report finds that “after two performance years, average...

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In Memoriam: Frank A. Gottschalk, MD

AAHKS was saddened to learn this week of the passing of one of its founding members, Frank A. Gottschalk, MD on November 29, 2019. Dr. Gottschalk contributed to many papers presented at AAHKS Annual Meetings over the years. He also served on the Editorial Board of the...

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When Same-Day Surgery is Right for You

The latest article added to the AAHKS patient education library covers same-day surgery. Patients can learn whether they may or may not be a good candidate, the advantages and what to expect before, during and after surgery. “For select patients total joint...

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Support Your OrthoPAC in 2020

You can help strengthen the advocacy voice of AAHKS by contributing to the Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) from your smartphone now. Text the word AAHKS to the number 41444, and follow the link that will be sent in the reply, or log on to the PAC website and click the...

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Applications Due for 2020 Spring FARE Grant

Initial applications for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) fall cycle grant are due by Saturday, February 1, 2020. 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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These AAHKS News Stories Were Most Clicked in 2019

Read the December 2019 issue of Arthroplasty Today CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020 Care for Your Joint Replacement with Follow-Up Visits CMS Seeking input on TJA Quality Measures Doctors Hopeful AVN Avoided for Alabama’s Quarterback Best...

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CMS Seeks Stakeholder Nominations for TJA Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation – Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE) to perform development and reevaluation work for a range of measures assessing outcomes for...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Stark Law Reform Proposals

As 2019 closed, AAHKS provided CMS with comments on their proposal for substantive changes to the Physician Self-Referral law (Stark law). Much of our comments focus on proposed changes to different thresholds and safeguards for financial risk agreements related to...

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AAHKS Adds More Social Media Followers in 2019

The AAHKS social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube saw in increase in followers and engagement in the last year. On Twitter, impressions increased by 39%, and followers increased by 30%. Facebook saw a similar increase by reaching 23% more users....

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Recognizing and Treating Metal Allergy

AAHKS members were interviewed for the January Orthopedics Today cover story about the challenges of diagnosing metal allergy in total joint arthroplasty patients. Whether surgeons can determine if a patient has a metal allergy prior to surgery or is experiencing a...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for December 2019

Read the December 2019 Issue of Arthroplasty Today Care for Your Joint Replacement with Follow-Up Visits In Memoriam: Dean Carl Maar, MD New Opioid Protocol at Rothman Includes Cannabinoids Catch up with AAHKS News on the AAHKS...

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CMS Seeking input on TJA Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Center for Patient Safety, Research, and Practice are seeking public comment on their Measuring Outcomes in Orthopedics Routinely (MOOR) project. They are looking to gather...

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VTE, Opioid-use Lower in UKR than TKR

A study published in The Lancet, “Opioid use, postoperative complications, and implant survival after unicompartmental versus total knee replacement: a population-based network study,” showed unicompartmental knee replacement (UKR) patients used less opioids...

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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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