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Enter a New World of Postoperative Pain Management Heron Therapeutics Pain management in the first 72 hours after surgery is critical.  As the body’s inflammatory process unfolds, the surgical site becomes increasingly acidic and limits the efficacy of local...

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Arthroplasty Today Publishes New Research

AAHKS’s open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today, recently published its August 2022 edition.  Read original research on topics including returning to work and driving after robotics-assisted TKA, blood loss during conventional vs. MAKOplasty TKA and the ABLE anterior...

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AAHKS Welcomes New Staff

AAHKS is pleased to welcome new staff member Amy Bolivar as Education Specialist.  In this position, Amy will be responsible for coordinating and supporting in-person and virtual education programs, as well as maintaining online platforms including the member...

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AAHKS Leaders Lobby on Capitol Hill

AAHKS leaders met with members of Congress to urge them to pass prior authorization and physician safety legislation, as well as physician payment updates. Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) introduced Supporting Medicare Providers Act of...

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AAHKS Comments on OPPS Proposed Rule

This week, AAHKS submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule for calendar year 2023. The comments included support for proposed increases to the weights of the...

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AAHKS Seeking Input on Telemedicine Use

The CPT/RUC has developed a Telemedicine Office Visits Workgroup to determine the next steps in the coding and valuation of office visits performed via audiovisual and audio-only technology. They have asked specialty societies to provide some basic information to help...

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AAHKS Comments on Medicare Advantage RFI

Last week, AAHKS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Request for Information (RFI) on the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. Our comments focused on issues around prior authorization, which were informed by our March 2022...

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AAHKS Leaders Meet with CMMI

This week, AAHKS President Bryan D. Springer, MD, Second Vice President James I. Huddleston, III, MD and Health Policy Council and Advocacy Committee Chair Adam J. Rana, MD, met with Chris Ritter, MPA, PhD, Acting Deputy Director of the CMS Center for Medicare and...

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Reminder for August’s FOCAL Webinar

How to Review Manuscripts: From Randomized Studies to Database Studies and Meta-Analyses, An Example-Based Webinar Monday, August 29, 2022  |  8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central   Join the next FOCAL webinar to hear moderator Michael A. Mont, MD, and expert faculty...

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Apply to OMeGA Review Committee

Demonstrating our partnership and combined efforts to support quality graduate medical education, the Orthopaedic Medical Grants Association (OMeGA) invites AAHKS members to apply to serve on its 2023 Review Committee (RC).  RC applicants must be non-conflicted...

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JOA Publishes September Issue

The Journal of Arthroplasty has published the September 2022 issue online. Original research articles include studies on same-day discharge among TKA patients in their 80s, a meta-analysis and systematic review of linkages between TJA readmissions and mental health...

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Save the Date for August’s FOCAL Webinar

Topic: How to Review Manuscripts: From Randomized Studies to Database Studies and Meta-Analyses, An Example-Based Webinar Date: August 29, 2022 Time: 7:00 p.m. Central  Join the next FOCAL webinar to hear moderator Michael A. Mont, MD and expert faculty demonstrate...

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AAHKS Launches Diversity Award

Do you know someone who is committed to making hip and knee arthroplasty more diverse and more accessible to all patients? That includes working to increase the number of women and/or underrepresented minorities entering the field of hip and knee arthroplasty and...

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New Research Published Online

AAHKS’s open access journal Arthroplasty Today has published its June 2022 edition. Read original research “Bacteremia in Patients Undergoing Debridement, Antibiotics, and Implant Retention Leads to Increased Reinfections and Costs” and “Taking the Long Way to Care:...

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CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule. Read our full summary here. CMS proposes to decrease the PFS conversion factor by $1.53 to $33.08 due to statutory...

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AT Publishes New Research

The open-access online journal Arthroplasty Today has published its June 2022 issue online, sharing the latest research and innovations in the field of hip and knee surgery. Featured articles include “Taking the Long Way to Care: Who is Traveling Farthest to Undergo...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

AAHKS submitted our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on their CY2023 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule. Our comments included expressing concern about the rising Medicare payment for DRGs while surgeon payment...

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New: Updated Perioperative Management Guideline

Earlier this year, AAHKS and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released a summary of planned updates to the “Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty”...

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Keynote Speaker Announced

AAHKS is pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 2022 AAHKS Annual Meeting, Robert Pearl, MD. Dr. Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. In...

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JOA Publishes July Issue

The Journal of Arthroplasty has published the July 2022 issue online. Published research articles include “Use of Supplemental Home Oxygen is Associated with Early Postoperative Complications Following TKA,” analysis of a national data set that shows no increase in...

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Registration Open for 2022 AAHKS Annual Meeting

Secure your spot to explore what’s next at the 2022 AAHKS Annual Meeting! Join us on November 3-6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Expert faculty and staff are working diligently to offer the highest-quality educational program for the...

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AAHKS Announces New Fellowship Grant

AAHKS is pleased to announce, in partnership with Founding Industry Partner Zimmer Biomet, the Fellowship Education Improvement and Innovation Program to distribute funds to Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Programs. This program provides an incentive for the...

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Exclusive Member Benefit: AAHKS Career Center

Interested in new employment opportunities, or just curious to see what’s out there? Visit the AAHKS Career Center, an exclusive online member benefit. There, you can browse job listings, post your resume, apply for jobs and get job alerts in areas that interest you....

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AAOS Launches DEI Grant Program

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons announced this week that it is now accepting proposals for its new IDEA (Inspiring Diversity, Equity, and Access) Grant Program. Per the AAOS website, the program is intended to provide resources for many types of...

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Support AAHKS—And Look Sharp!

With summer on the horizon, time to refresh that wardrobe with some new AAHKS-branded gear! If you’ve ever wanted to sport the AAHKS logo and show your support for the orthopaedic surgeon community, visit the AAHKS online apparel store. With many options in men, women...

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2022 AAHKS Spring Meeting A Success

The 2022 AAHKS Spring Meeting convened in-person last weekend in San Francisco for the first time since 2019. More than 140 orthopaedic surgeons met for symposia on a variety of topics such as PJI, the move to outpatient and ASC TJA and leadership in the arthroplasty...

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AAHKS is Seeking Your Input on Advocacy Issues

As part of our ongoing commitment to health policy advocacy, the AAHKS Advocacy Committee invites you to participate in a brief poll. The goals of this poll are to better identify the most pressing health policy issues affecting the AAHKS community and guide the...

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The YAG Augment: AAHKS Past Presidents on Association Innovation and Future (Season 2, Episode 7)

In this episode, recorded at the 2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting, the Augment hosts are joined by AAHKS Past Presidents Drs. Lowry Barnes, Dan Berry and Rich Iorio. Dr. Barnes discusses development of the Diversity Advisory Board and addressing evolving member and patient...

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AAHKS Co-Brands Meetings on Two Continents

This week, AAHKS participated in co-branded meetings in Europe and South America. On April 22-23, AAHKS joined the 7th International Mayo Clinic and Clinica San Bernardo Conference in Lima, Peru. Then, on April 29, AAHKS hosted a co-branded symposium with the European...

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Spring Meeting FEATURED Symposium

Ensuring Success in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Saturday, May 15 Join moderator Matthew P. Abdel, MD and expert faculty Matthew S. Austin, MD, Daniel J. Berry, MD, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD for informative discussions on topics including varus and valgus...

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Save the Date for April 25 FOCAL Webinar

The April 25 FOCAL webinar, Complex Case Conference: Fellows’ Revenge, will have adult reconstruction fellows present challenging hip and knee surgery cases to attendings from different institutions, who will then discuss diagnosis, treatment, and overall care....

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