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CMS Receives Comments on IPPS Policies

AAHKS Executive Director, Michael J. Zarski, JD, filed comments with the CMS on behalf of AAHKS regarding the Medicare hospital inpatient protective payment system (IPPS) policies and rates for fiscal year 2016. Among the many points addressed, AAHKS expressed concerns about the validity and appropriateness of two measures previously-adopted for the Hospital IQR Program and the Hospital Value… Read More

Register Now for Co-Sponsored Hip Courses

AAHKS and AAOS are co-sponsors of the “Total Hip Arthroplasty: From Primary to Revision” course taking place June 25-26, 2015 at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill. The course is directed by AAHKS members Douglas E. Padgett, MD and Scott M. Sprorer, MD. Full details. AAHKS and AAOS are also co-sponsors along with AOSSM and POSNA of… Read More

Annual Meeting Launches New Course for Hospital Administrators

“The Business of Total Joint Replacement: Surviving and Thriving” is the newest course being offered at the AAHKS 25th Annual Meeting. This course was created especially for hospital administrators, practice administrators, out-patient surgery center administrators, payors and surgeons who deal with improving quality, cost reduction, standardization of care, and risk. Contracting for bundles and total cost of care… Read More

Call to Action – Ask Congress for ICD-10 Grace Period

AAHKS shares the concern of many health organizations regarding the readiness of all providers, payers, and other participants in the billing chain to implement ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  We encourage you to contact your members of Congress to ask them to provide a grace period during implementation so that potential disruptions do not impact the delivery of care. There… Read More

CMS Announces Last Call to Register for ICD-10 Implementation Call

CMS subject matter experts will present strategies and resources to help physicians prepare for the ICD-10 implementation in an MLN Connects call and slide presentation on June 18, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). They will also present ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which will be used by hospitals. The call will cover testing updates and… Read More

AAHKS AMA Delegate Chairs Reference Committee

Dr. Lewis

Courtland G. Lewis, MD completed six years of service representing AAHKS in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates this week. Our delegate’s leadership and reputation led to Dr. Lewis being appointed to Chair of the AMA Reference Committee G, which handles resolutions and reports related to medical practice. Dr. Lewis is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Hartford… Read More

AMA Elects Orthopaedic Surgeon as President

The first hand surgeon to serve as president of the American Medical Association (AMA), will take office in June 2016. The AMA announced the election of Andrew W. Gurman, MD of Hollidaysburg, Pa. as its president-elect at their Annual Meeting on June 9, 2015. Other highlights of the Annual Meeting, attended by Mike Zarski, JD, AAHKS Executive Director,… Read More

Orthopaedic Team Course Offered at Annual Meeting

The Orthopaedic Team Course will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel prior to the AAHKS Annual Meeting program. Attendees can choose to attend only the course or to attend the course and Annual Meeting program as well. This course has been specifically created for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered… Read More

AAHKS Past President Addresses Multicultural Issues

AAHKS Past President Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, FAAOS, was featured in the Latin Post article “Multicultural Communities Resistant to Orthopedic Surgery.” Dr. Lavernia addressed the cultural issues that may explain why Latino and African-American patients receive orthopaedic surgeries later than others. Dr Lavernia is Medical Director of The Center For Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin University in South Miami, FL. Full Story.

Medical Device Tax Update

The U.S. House has tentative plans to take up HR 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act that would repeal the medical device tax in June. In addition an op-ed calling for repeal of the device tax appeared in the influential The Hill newspaper, while the Florida Economic Development Council urged passage of repeal legislation in an op-ed in… Read More