American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


ACR Seeks Letters of Interest for Perioperative Management Guideline Development

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) invites letters of interest from those who wish to partner with ACR and AAHKS to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for perioperative management of rheumatic disease medications in total joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee. The guidelines will be developed primarily for orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists who care for patients undergoing total joint… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Publishes Second Issue

Issue 2 of the open-access journal Arthroplasty Today published online today. Included in this issue are case reports, arthroplasty in patients with rare conditions and original research. Editor-in-Chief, Brian McGrory, MD also published an article, “The case for open access” that explains the position AAHKS is in to “lead the way in our field by introducing the first… Read More

Help Us Document AAHKS History

AHHKS will kick off it’s 25th Anniversary celebration at this year’s 25th Annual Meeting, and we need help from members to document its history. The AAHKS headquarters has files of every past meeting including meeting minutes, programs and attendance records; however, we are short on photographs. If you have photos and/or videos that you can share with us… Read More

Supreme Court Upholds ACA

In a ruling on King v. Burwell this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal tax subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are being provided lawfully. The New York Times reported that, “Without the subsidies, many people would be unable to afford insurance, and healthier consumers would go without coverage, leaving insurers with a… Read More

Zimmer and Biomet Merge

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Zimmer announced finalization of the transaction to combine with Biomet this week. The new company is now known as Zimmer Biomet. David Dvorak, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zimmer Biomet assured AAHKS of its continued commitment as an AAHKS Corporate Partner.  “Over the past several months, our integration teams have worked collaboratively and developed plans to ensure… Read More

AAHKS Supports on 21st Century Cures Provisions

AAHKS joined the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and other orthopaedic specialty societies in a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding the 21st Century Cures initiative. This initiative has the potential to accelerate innovation, boost research, streamline drug and device approvals, and enhance interoperability and telemedicine. The letter provides comments and recommendations for each… Read More

AJRR Offers PQRS 101 Webinar

On Tuesday, July 28, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT, AJRR will partner with CECity to host a webinar on the new qualified clinical data registry reporting method for PQRS. The webinar will review the difference between a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and a Qualified Registry (QR) and how to use a QCDR to receive a 2015… Read More

JOA Impact Factor Rises

The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) impact factor increased for a 3rd straight year to 2.666 – placing it 13th of 72 related journals. The impact factor is a measure reflecting the number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. Read the JOA.

US House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax

The Hill reports that the US House of Representatives voted to repeal a tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 280-140 with 46 Democrats on the prevailing side. The article states, “While the bill does not include a plan to make up for the lost revenue from repealing the tax, supporters believe it stands… Read More

AAHKS Expresses Support for ICD-TEN Act

In a letter to US Representative Diane Black and other sponsors, Jay R. Lieberman, MD, AAHKS President, expresses support for H. R. 2247, the “Increasing Clarity for Doctors by Transitioning Effectively Now Act” (“ICD-TEN Act”). Due to the exponential increase in the number of codes in the new ICD-10 coding system and the complexity of the sub-coding framework,… Read More