American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Dr. Greg Brown Joins Olympia Orthopaedics Associates

On October 6, AAHKS member, Gregory A. Brown, MD joined Olympia Orthopaedics Associates in Olympia, Washington. In addition to working in the surgical team, he will be applying his expertise in evaluating patient reported outcomes in an effort to improve quality of care. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology… Read More

Smith&Nephew Joins AAHKS as Silver Corporate Sponsor

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, Smith&Nephew, is recognized as a Silver Corporate Partner. 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. Smith & Nephew is committed to helping people regain their… Read More

AMA Creates Ebola Resource Center

In an effort to provide facts and references regarding ebola, the American Medical Association (AMA) has created an online resource center for physicians and patients. In the center, the AMA provides a JAMA Patient Page on the subject that clearly states ebola cannot be contracted through air, water or food, and that ebola “poses no significant risk to… Read More

Record Number of Hospitals Penalized for Readmissions – Hip and Knee Procedures Blamed is reporting that a record 2,610 hospitals in the United States will receive lower reimbursement levels in the next year because of the number of patients readmitted 30 days after treatment. The number increased by 433 because CMS added of a number of new categories including hip and knee replacements. Munson Medical Center in Michigan was hit with this penalty for… Read More

Toronto Orthopedics Department Receives $10 Million Donation

David Backstein, MD, AAHKS member and head of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was featured in an article in The Toronto Star after his department received a generous $10 million donation. Dr. Backstein said that the donation will help improve access for patients needing hip and knee replacements. The Toronto philanthropists, Ira Gluskin… Read More

Mortality After Hip and Knee Replacements Halved in UK

London online blog OnMedica published statistics from the National Joint Registry of England, Wales and Northern Ireland that show mortality rates have halved in the UK. Louise Newson reports that “90 day mortality rates after hip replacement fell from 0.56% in 2003 to 0.29% in 2011 and that 45 day mortality rates after knee replacement fell from 0.37%… Read More

Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute Receives ISO Quality Certification

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (CJRI) in Hartford, Conn. is now certified as an ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management Systems compliant organization. CJRI is the only healthcare facility in Connecticut with this certification, and one of only 80 healthcare providers nationwide. DNV-GL, which holds CMS Deeming Authority, awarded the certification. “We already… Read More

OrthoCarolina to Bundle Hip, Knee Replacement Costs

OrthoCarolina or Charlotte, NC is the latest physician group to announce its plan for a hip and knee bundled payment program. The Charlotte Observer reports that the plan is in place for patients at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and Watuga Medical Center in Boone. Partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, OrthoCarolina… Read More

CMS Releases Data on Open Payments Website

On September 30, 2014, CMS released Open Payments data to the public on a newly designed website As part of the Physician Sunshine Act, CMS is required to collect information from manufacturers and GPOs in order to report information about their financial relationships with physicians and hospitals. Physicians can register on the Enterprise Portal in order to… Read More

AAHKS Executive Director Marks 1-Year Anniversary

Executive Director Michael J. Zarski, JD marked his first anniversary as AAHKS Executive Director on October 1, 2014. “I remain extremely appreciative of the opportunity to manage this outstanding organization,” said Zarski. By all measures, it has been a smooth transition from former Executive Director Bob Hall: membership continues to grow, this year’s Annual Meeting is on track… Read More