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In Memoriam: Malcolm E. Ghazal, MD

It is also with sadness that we report the death of AAHKS member Malcolm E. Ghazal, MD on March 10, 2015. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife, children, family, friends, colleagues and patients. Dr. Ghazal was a past Chairman of the Board and Physician Owner of Fresno Surgical Hospital and a founding member of the Sierra… Read More

SGR Repeal Included in New Medicare Law

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA permanently replaces Medicare’s sustainable growth rate system for physician payments and reforms Medicare physician payment policies to encourage efficient, high-quality care; extends for two years funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program; extends numerous other expiring health provisions… Read More

How to Obtain a QRUR

You can access a Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) on behalf of a group or solo practitioner on the updated CMS website where they have made it easier to access the report. QRURs are provided for each Medicare-enrolled Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).  You or one person from your group practice will need to obtain an Individuals Authorized… Read More

AMA Releases Study on Impact of Alternative Payment Models

The AMA partnered with the RAND Corporation in a one-of-a-kind study, the first ever to take an in-depth look at the impact that various payment models have on physician practices, their professional lives and the delivery of patient care. The study, “Effects of Health Care Payment Models on Physician Practice in the United States,” sought to assess and… Read More

Women Have Far Fewer Post-Surgery Complications

A study presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting by Bheeshma Ravi, MD, an orthopaedic surgery resident from the University of Toronto showed that women have fewer complications than men after hip or knee replacement surgery. Dr. Ravi used patient data from an Ontario hospital from 2002-2009. Full story.

Pacira Becomes Newest Platinum Corporate Partner

Based on their increased commitment as an AAHKS Corporate Partner, Pacira Pharamceuticals, Inc. has become the newest partner in the Platinum level. Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products that meet the needs of acute care practitioners and their patients. Pacira’s primary focus lies in the… Read More

Dr. O’Connor Accepts Yale Appointment

Dr. O'Connor

Past AAHKS President, Mary I. O’Connor, MD has been named the inaugural director of the Musculoskeletal Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. She has left her position as professor of orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and as medical director of the adult reconstructive fellowship at Mayo Clinic… Read More

Senate Returns Tuesday, Immediate Action Required

The United States Senate returns to session on Tuesday, April 14 after a two-week recess. The House of Representatives had passed legislation to repeal the SGR; however, the Senate failed to act before leaving on their break. The SGR patch expired on April 1, and a 21% cut to Medicare payments was enacted. According to the BOS Washington… Read More

AAHKS Participates in Combined Session with Indian Society

Dr. Parsley Taj Mahal

The Indian Society of Hip & Knee Surgeons (ISHKS) hosted a combined session with AAHKS this week during the ISHKS 9th Annual Congress. Immediate Past President, Brian S. Parsley, MD moderated the session. AAHKS members Harry Rubash, MD, Kenneth A. Gustke, MD, David A. Fisher, MD, Thomas L. Bernasek, MD served on the faculty for the three-day program.… Read More

Last Call for Humanitarian Award Nominations

This is the last weekend before the April 15, 2015 deadline for nominations for the 2015 AAHKS Humanitarian Award. The award recipient will be recognized at the 25th Annual Meeting in November, and a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the organization. Last year, Harpal “Paul” S. Khanuja, MD, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Operation Walk Maryland, received… Read More