American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Survey Sent on Alternative Payment Methods

All members were sent an email with a survey link (Subject: AAHKS Bundled Payment Survey) on Thursday afternoon, May 28, according to Eileen Lusk, Director of Meetings and Education. This survey is an important part of our efforts to learn more about members’ experience with alternate payment methods, as well as their impact on adult reconstruction surgeons. The… Read More

AAHKS Moves to Create Humanitarian Award – Highlight Humanitarian Efforts

The first meeting of the Task Force on Humanitarianism and Medical Mission Involvement met May 29, 2014. The Task Force adopted the following goals: To establish a Humanitarian Award to recognize AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad. To highlight humanitarian efforts of our members and the organizations… Read More

OIG Report Estimates Improper Payments for E/M Services Cost Medicare Billions

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates that Medicare inappropriately paid $6.7 billion for E/M services that were upcoded, downcoded, and/or lacked documentation in 2010. In response, CMS states that it will continue to issue education documents on E/M services and will collaborate with contractors to respond to questions and clarify policies when inconsistencies in billing practices… Read More

Chicago Tribune Reports on Bush Knee Replacement

This week, the Chicago Tribune and NBC-Channel 5 featured news of former President George W. Bush’s partial knee replacement surgery. The surgery took place at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Read the Chicago Tribune article.

International Member Appointed Full Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Pipino

Doctor Gennaro Pipino was appointed to Full Professor of Orthopaedics at LUde.S in Lugano, Switzerland  on May 22, 2014. Professor Pipino, director of the Complex Unit-Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Villa Regina hospital in Bologna,Italy, has considerable professional and classroom experience in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology. AAHKS joins the university in congratulating Professor Pipino and in wishing… Read More

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Just receive a promotion? Know of someone else who did? Have you recently been on a medical mission trip? Hear of a humanitarian organization event? Read something noteworthy that AAHKS members would want to know or simply enjoy hearing? If you have news you would like to share with AAHKS members, email

InVivoLink Joins AAHKS as a Corporate Sponsor

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, InVivoLink is recognized as a Bronze Corporate Sponsor. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we face together. InVivoLink describes itself as “providers of quality and cost data… Read More

Moving Annual Meeting?

AAHKS members have been asked to weigh in on the future location of the Annual Meeting in an email survey sent out May 22. The Annual Meeting has always been held in Dallas for its central location and convenient flights from both coasts. We are contracted to remain in Dallas through 2016, but asked whether we should explore… Read More

Study Shows Physical Therapy Does Not Improve Hip OA Pain

Among adults with painful hip osteoarthritis, physical therapy did not result in greater improvement in pain or function compared with a placebo treatment, but was associated with relatively frequent but mild adverse effects, raising questions about its value for these patients, according to a study (Kim L. Bennell, Ph.D. et al) in the May 21st issue of JAMA.

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