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Specialty Day At Academy Meeting

The 2021 Specialty Day is on this year! Hosted by AAHKS, The Hip Society and The Knee Society, and being held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this annual educational highlight takes place during the American Academy of Orthopaedic...

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Have You Completed the Census Yet?

Thank you, Arthroplasty Surgeon in Training (AIT) member Darryl F. Cannady, III, MD, for completing the census! The Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) appreciates your efforts in helping AAHKS recognize us all. The information you provided will help build inclusivity for...

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Most Popular AAHKS News Articles

Stay up to date on what your colleagues are reading! Here are the most-read articles from the AAHKS Weekly News in June: “Get Counted in the AAHKS Census” “Resident Arthroplasty Course Now Open” “2021 Annual Meeting Registration Opens” “Register Early for June FOCAL...

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AAHKS Advocacy Founding Partner Passes Away

On June 13, William C. Oldaker, founding partner of Oldaker & Willison passed away. Oldaker & Willison, through our partnership with National Health Advisors, represents AAHKS on Capitol Hill. AAHKS leaders spent countless hours with Mr. Oldaker and his team meeting...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

Last week, AAHKS submitted our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on their CY2022 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule. Our comments included support for adjusting Hospital-Level 30-Day, All-Cause Risk-Standardized...

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Don’t Miss Next Week’s FOCAL Webinar

Register in advance for the two-part FOCAL Webinar, 1) Making Smart Financial Choices for the Newly Hired Orthopedist and 2) Tips for Building a Practice. Faculty includes Michael P. Ast, MD, who practices at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Sanjeev...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by employees of Houston Methodist over the health system's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for workers, Becker’s Hospital Review reported on 6/14/21. This is the first decision of its kind by a court regarding such a...

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Save the Date for June 26 FOCAL Webinar

Register in advance for this month’s two-part FOCAL Webinar, 1) Making Smart Financial Choices for the Newly Hired Orthopedist and 2) Tips for Building a Practice. Faculty includes Michael P. Ast, MD, who practices at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City,...

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July Issue of JOA Published

The July 2021 issue of The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) has been published. Highlights from the latest issue includes research on THA in patients with osteoarthritis associated with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, total femur antibiotic spacers in complex periprosthetic...

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2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

On behalf of the AAHKS Board of Directors and Program Committee, the AAHKS Board of Directors and Program Committee invite you to join us on November 11-14 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Find out how our faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure we...

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Get Counted in the AAHKS Census

A message from Muyibat A. Adelani, MD, and Adam A. Sassoon, MD, MS: As Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) Co-Chairs, we are excited to launch the first-ever AAHKS Census! The demographic data received will allow us to better understand the composition of the AAHKS...

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AAHKS Participating in AMA HOD

Ahead of next week’s American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, AAHKS Health Policy Fellow Beau J. Kildow, MD, has been representing AAHKS at the AMA Orthopaedic Caucus, Mobility Caucus and Specialty and Service Society (SSS) meetings. While AAHKS does...

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Most Popular Articles in May

Stay up to date on what your colleagues are reading! Here are the most-read articles from the AAHKS Weekly News in May: Medicare payment rates chart and a summary of the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule from the May 6 article, “CMS Releases...

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In Memoriam: Harlan C. Amstutz, MD

AAHKS is saddened to share that Harlan C. Amstutz, MD, passed away on May 18, 2021. Born on July 17, 1931, Dr. Amstutz was a nationally and internationally recognized joint replacement surgeon and innovator of hip resurfacing technology. A leader in the field, Dr....

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2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting Highlights

Two sessions have concluded of the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting, bringing practicing orthopaedic surgeon experts together for innovative research, small-group breakout sessions and cutting-edge strategies to enhance overall surgeon competence. It’s not too late to join...

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CMS Releases 2022 Medicare Inpatient Proposed Rule

On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their CY2022 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule. Within the proposed rule, there is a request for comment on potentially adding TJA PROMs to the Inpatient Quality...

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CJR Final Rule Released

CMS last week released the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Final Rule, which extends the model for an additional three performance years, through December 2024. CMS previously issued a proposed rule on the CJR Model on February 24, 2020, and...

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Don’t Miss May 11 SmartRobotics™ Webinar

May 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Central Time): AAHKS Spring Meeting Industry Webinar, “Know more with 3D CT-based planning and Mako SmartRobotics™.” Join experts Cory Calendine, MD, and Russell Cohen, MD, as they discuss 3D CT-based planning with Mako SmartRobotics™, walking...

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Most-Read AAHKS News Articles in April

Stay up to date on what your colleagues are reading! Here are the most-read articles from the AAHKS Weekly News in April: Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed! AAHKS Member survey on payors using PROM scores as part of their prior authorization for total knee...

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Last Call for Future JOA Reviewers

Applications for the JOA Reviewer Program are due on April 30! The program trains residents, fellows and physicians early in practice on how to effectively review a journal article. Participants are matched with a current JOA Elite Reviewer who help them complete...

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AAHKS Signs CDC Arthritis Funding Letter to Congress

This week AAHKS joined the Arthritis Foundation and many other medical and public organizations in writing to the Congressional Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, Committee on Appropriations, urging them to provide funding for the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Reminder: Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed!

If you have not already done so, please take two minutes to complete this very brief poll to provide your input on recent prior authorization and patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) activity. As previously reported, AAHKS leadership has been made aware that a...

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FARE Finalists Announced

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced five finalists for the Spring FARE Grant! Two recipients will be selected for awards of up to $50,000 that will be awarded during the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting: Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA,...

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Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed!

It has been reported to AAHKS leadership that a commercial payor is starting, in some cases, to require patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) scores as part of their prior authorization for total knee arthroplasty. To help AAHKS better advocate for you and your...

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Call for Membership Research Surveys

If you are interested in submitting a research survey to current AAHKS membership, you are invited to share your study with the Research Committee by submitting your proposal online. Proposals must include survey investigators, a brief abstract, and a draft of the...

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Seeking Future JOA Reviewers

Residents, fellows and physicians early in practice are encouraged to participate in the JOA Reviewer Program. Now in its second round, the program will help you get started as a journal reviewer and train you on how to effectively review a journal article....

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Reminder: We Need Your Input!

The 2021 AAHKS Member Needs Survey is still open. Thank you to all who have completed the survey to provide us input on your AAHKS membership, including which benefits are important to you and which may not be, what more you would like to see from the AAHKS website,...

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View the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting faculty, agenda and more in the AAHKS mobile or web-based app! Download the app – also used for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting last year – here. Your username is the email address associated with your AAHKS membership. Note: If you...

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New JOA Website Launches

An improved website for The Journal of Arthroplasty launched today with a new responsive design, optimized to give a better experience for readers using a mobile device and replaces the discontinued mobile app. The April 2021 issue of JOA has been published online as...

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Access Popular Webinar on LEARN

Recorded on March 23, this webinar focuses on business and legal considerations of arthroplasty in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Using real-world models from surgeons in varying positions of ownership and leadership in the ASC space, combined with a litigator...

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New Amplified Podcast Released!

The second episode in this 3-part podcast series on “Preoperative Optimization and Management of the Joint Replacement Patient,” is now available. Patient and Public Relations Committee Chair Brett R. Levine, MD, and members Jonathan R. Danoff, MD, and Matthew W....

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Most-Read Articles in March

Stay up-to-date on popular news items. Below are the most popular stories from AAHKS News in March: Extended Antibiotics Effective in Reducing PJI. The original research was reported by Healio. Registration Now Open for All-Virtual AAHKS Spring Meeting. AAHKS Leader...

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AAHKS Leader in the News

James I. Huddleston III, MD, chair of the AAHKS Health Policy Council, is quoted in a March 21 Washington Post article, “New cost-cutting Medicare rule may add costs to patients.” The story examines a recent Medicare change to remove 266 musculoskeletal surgeries from...

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Patient Advocacy Program

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is seeking participants for its Patient Advocacy Program. The program is designed to capture patient stories on key policy issues impacting the musculoskeletal community to support AAOS efforts on Capitol Hill. Did...

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We Need Your Membership Feedback!

The 2021 AAHKS Member Needs Survey is now available. We ask that you take 5 minutes out of your day to provide us input on your AAHKS membership, including which benefits are important to you and which may not be, what more you would like to see from the AAHKS...

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Most-Read Articles in February

Stay up to date on popular news items. Below are the most popular stories from the AAHKS News in February: CMS Seeking Your Input on Outcomes Measures. CMS was seeking surgeon input on their Measuring Outcomes in Orthopedics Routinely (MOOR) program. The comment...

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Winter 2021 AAHKS Update Published

Appropriately titled “Building 2021,” the Winter 2021 AAHKS Update opens with a 2020 year-in-review as well as a look ahead at the coming year. It includes information on awards presented at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting, expansion of the FARE grants program, launch...

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Patient Education Website Updated

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has added new content to the Patient Education Website! New article published on Revision Knee Replacement. Share this with your patients to ease their worries before surgery or to help them understand why a revision is...

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Staff Developments

AAHKS welcomes Kenneth Robinson, Jr as our new Communications Manager. Ken has 13 years of experience in healthcare communications and marketing. He most recently worked as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Rush University Medical Center. Ken is responsible...

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Reminder: CMS Seeking Your Input on Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice are requesting surgeon input on their Measuring Outcomes in Orthopedics Routinely (MOOR) program. MOOR consists of four measures related...

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Register for CME Webinar on Arthroplasty in the ASC

Topic: Business and Legal Considerations of Arthroplasty in the ASC Date: March 23, 2021 (Tuesday) Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST) / 8:00 p.m. (EST) Join this webinar to learn more about the business and legal aspects of arthroplasty in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC)....

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Participate in AAHKS Research Survey

AAHKS is conducting a survey of members regarding routine pathologic examination of the femoral head. Occult diagnoses such as malignancy or infection discovered during primary THA may have significant implications for postoperative management, patient and implant...

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Reminder for FOCAL Webinar on February 22

Remember to register for Monday night’s FOCAL Webinar: Management of Intraoperative Complications During Total Knee Replacement. The webinar will be taking place Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Please note: FOCAL Session participation is free to all and...

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January’s Most-Read AAHKS News Stories

See what your colleagues are reading! These were the most clicked articles in the AAHKS News in January 2021: Deadline to Apply for AAHKS Committee Extended E-Posters from 2020 Annual Meeting Now Searchable Online AAOS Releases Value-Based Payment Guide New AAHKS...

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Reminder: Provide Your COVID-19 Input

AAHKS continues to track the impact of COVID-19 for members in practice in order to inform you, assist with your overall understanding of what your peers are experiencing and to help us advocate for you. Your continued participation in the survey is essential and...

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