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Deadline Nears to Review Payments Data Before Public Release

Physicians have until May 20, 2015, to review and dispute reports regarding their financial interactions with drug and medical device manufacturers reported under the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) program. Disputes initiated by May 20 will be flagged as such. CMS states that data can still be disputed after public release, but corrections will be held until the next… Read More

AJRR Signs 500th Hospital

This week, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) announced that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall in Rockwall, Texas has signed on. AJRR marks this as a milestone with the 500th hospital to participate in the hip and knee joint replacement registry. AJRR also has surpassed its 2015 goal of recording 250,000 procedures in its database. AJRR’s goal… Read More

High Wait Times for TJR in Canada

An editorial in the Times Colonist, a western Canadian daily newspaper, brought to light the wait times for hip and knee replacements on Vancouver Island, which “are among the longest in Canada.” In 2014, only 39 percent of hip patients and 26 percent of knee patients were seen within 182 days. The author examines other issues such as… Read More

Knee Replacement Patient Story Featured on ABC Affiliate

KATV in Arkansas featured a story on knee replacement with a patient of AAHKS Board Treasurer, C. Lowry Barnes, MD, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at UAMS, this week. The patient recalls her mother and grandfather having knee pain that require them to use wheel chairs at the end of their lives. Dr. Barnes discusses the advancements in the procedure, length of hospital… Read More

TJO Joins AAHKS as Bronze Corporate Partner

AAHKS is pleased to welcome Total Joint Orthopedics (TJO) as its newest 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. TJO makes high quality, affordable implants with designs that incorporate the… Read More

Dr. Lieberman Comments on CMS Functional Status Measure

In a letter to CMS, AAHKS President Jay R. Lieberman, MD, expressed support for the development of a measure for risk adjusted improvement in functional status after total hip and knee replacement. He concurred with the intent of assessing functional improvement through patient reported outcomes but also identified and detailed several issues as areas of concern. Read the… Read More

Medical Organizations Collaborate on IPAB Repeal Letter

AAHKS joined a broad coalition of national medical organizations in a letter urging Congress to protect Medicare patient access to quality health care by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created as a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). IPAB, as created under PPACA, is a board comprised of Presidential appointees… Read More

Oregon Teachers Forced to Travel for TJR

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board recently placed a cap on the facility costs its policy covers for hip and knee replacement. Many of the 150,000 covered educators in Oregon who are in need of hip or knee replacement now must travel several hours to facilities that meet the reference price. An Oregon reporter from The Bulletin spoke with… Read More

Hip Arthritis Treatments Featured in New York Daily News

AAHKS member and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai in New York, Darwin D. Chen, MD talks about hip arthritis to the New York Daily News for Arthritis Awareness Month. He covers the signs, symptoms, prevention, traditional treatment, and hip replacement. Full story. Note: If you have the opportunity to be interviewed by a media outlet,… Read More

The Knee Society Traveling Fellowship Application Period Opens

The Knee Society is now accepting applications for the John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship. Four international candidates will be selected to travel to various internationally recognized joint replacement and knee surgery centers hosted by The Knee Society members. The duration of the fellowship is one month commencing in October of 2016. Applicants must have completed either an Adult… Read More