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New AAHKS Foundation Set

This week, the AAHKS Board of Directors approved creation of an AAHKS Foundation. AAHKS is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit trade association, which allows the organization to carry out significant advocacy and lobbying activities on behalf of its members’ interests, but it cannot accept tax-deductible charitable contributions. In the past, AAHKS members’ contributions and bequests were… Read More

Study Examines Evidence to Support Use of New Hip and Knee Implants

A review of the literature regarding several new and widely used hip and knee implants published in the latest BMJ suggests that there is limited evidence to support claims of clinically relevant improved benefits as compared to older, more established implants. “We did not find convincing high quality evidence supporting the use of five substantial, well known, and… Read More

Coastal Point Newspaper Features Article on Younger TKR Patients

Coastal Point, a newspaper for the Delaware beach community, featured an article about the age of knee replacement patients and what they can do once they have TKR surgery. The article cites patient statistics from the AAOS and AAHKS that show more total knee replacements are being done on younger patients, “The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS),… Read More

Projected Costs of Medicare, Medicaid, and SGR Repeal Reduced

According to Kaiser Health News, late August estimates from the Congressional Budget Office show that Medicare and Medicaid will cost a combined $89 billion less over 10 years than the CBO previously projected. Medicare is expected to spend $49 billion less from 2015 to 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to be $40 billion less over the same… Read More

AAHKS President Discusses Quality Initiatives, Risk Adjustment

Dr. Parsley at desk

President Brian S. Parsley, MD participated in an AAOS Board strategic discussion on “The Future of AAOS Quality Initiatives” during the AAOS Board of Directors Meeting on September 5, 2014. The AAOS Board requested that Dr. Parsley review for them AAHKS quality initiatives, especially risk adjustment, stating “In your role as President of the American Association of Hip and… Read More

Virginia Mason Introduces Warranty for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington has announced that they now offer a surgical warranty for total joint replacement. The warranty is part of a bundled-service contract available to insurance companies and businesses. The warranty covers the full range of care — diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation — for an adult patient’s hip or knee replacement when all services… Read More

AAHKS Provides Comments on 2015 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

On behalf of AAHKS, President Brian S. Parsley, MD, submitted comments to CMS on the Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2015. Dr. Parsley urged no further reductions in fees for arthroplasty and that CMS proceed carefully in adopting any future expansion of the Value-Based Payment Modifier program for 2017. He expressed AAHKS support for continuing the 90-day global… Read More

New Appointment for Gennaro Pipino, MD

AAHKS member, Gennaro Pipino, MD of Bologna, Italy, has been appointed to Director of the University Education Centre, Clinical Unit, and Scientific Research in Orthopaedics at Universita’ L.U.de.S. in Lugano, Switzerland. Dr. Pipino is the chief and full professor of the Orthopedic Department and has been with the university for 10 years.