American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Some Movement on SGR

The Hill is reporting that House leaders are closer to a deal that would permanently avert Medicare payment cuts to physicians. “The deal would offset only about $70 billion of the more than $200 billion cost of making the permanent fix,” they report. While there are no specific details, the work this week is a positive sign that… Read More

Bone and Joint Canada Publishes Outcome Measures Toolkit

The Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome Measures Toolkit developed by the Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) is now available on the BJC website. This toolkit enables health care providers to select, apply, score and interpret outcome measures for patients with total joint arthroplasty along the continuum of care. For more information on how the toolkit was developed and to… Read More

Length of Stay Study Highlighted in Connections

The article “Mom on the Move” in the Winter 2015 issue of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Connections magazine features a 24-year old patient with rheumatoid arthritis who had two hip replacements. Her surgeon, AAHKS member, Lalit Puri, MD, MBA, talks about the integrated care team involved. The article also refers to the study on length of stay that Dr.… Read More

AAHKS Member Featured in Orthopedics This Week

Roy I. Davidovitch, MD was interviewed for Orthopedics This Week for reportedly completing the first outpatient hip arthoplasy at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Dr. Davidovitch talks about the collaboration of his team,  the anterior approach he used, the recovery time and the support needed at home for this option. Full story.

CMS Extends EHR Reporting Deadline

CMS announced that physicians participating in the “meaningful use” electronic health record (EHR) incentive and penalty program will now have until March 20, 2015 to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year. The previous deadline was Feb. 28. “CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data,” the agency said… Read More

AAHKS Urges Contingency Plans for ICD-10 Transition

AAHKS and 99 other medical societies signed on to a March 4 letter to CMS urging the agency to come up with contingency plans to address the potential negative impact of the ICD-10 transition. The concerns expressed to CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt include insufficient contingency plans in place to avoid serious disruptions that could occur on or after the… Read More

AAHKS and Japanese Society Hold Combined Symposium

2015 Program

Last week, AAHKS members Andrew Freiberg, MD and William J. Maloney, III, MD lectured at the combined AAHKS and Japanese Society for Replacement Arthroplasty (JSRA) symposium in Fukuoka, Japan. The symposium was held during the JSRA’s 45th Annual Meeting. With more than 2,940 members, the main objective of JSRA is to make progress and development in both clinical… Read More

AAHKS meets with Stryker, Pacira

This week, Mike Zarski, Executive Director and Jean Furlan, Manager of Corporate Relations, met with Heidi J. Katz, RPh, Director, Medical Affairs, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. They discussed the development of multi-modal pain management education. They also discussed other educational initiatives with the upcoming launch of Arthroplasty Today and a patient education Web portal. In the same trip, the AAHKS… Read More