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What to Consider when Pursuing Orthopaedic Surgery

The AAHKS delegate to the AMA, Christopher J. Dangles, MD, recently took part in the AMA Wire’s “Shadow Me” Specialty Series that offers a glimpse to medical students about what a physician’s life is like in their specialty. Dr. Dangles talks about what a typical week is like and what physicians in training should know about when pursuing… Read More

Orthopedics This Week Looks at Cartilage Regeneration Study

An article in Orthopedics This Week evaluates a university study from Seoul, South Korea where researchers regenerated knee cartilage in pigs. The study, “Cartilage Repair Using Composites of Human Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel in a Minipig Model” was published online before print in Stem Cells Translational Medicine this month. Investigators injected human… Read More

CMS Announces Additional Participants in BPCI

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) announced that of the 2,100 total participants that have entered into the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, 360 of those organizations have added an additional 1,755 partner providers to the program. These groups have transitioned from a preparatory period to a risk-bearing implementation period. Although the new Medicare… Read More

CMS Releases Final IPPS Rule for 2016

On July 31, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the advance text of its final rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The official version of the rule will be published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2015, and generally will apply to… Read More

Review Comments for Draft LCD

AAHKS has sent a comment letter to National Government Services, Inc. (NGS) during the open comment period for the local coverage determination regarding total joint arthroplasty (“Draft LCD”). NGS covers Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Draft LCD is largely in alignment with the AAHKS/American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons… Read More

TKA Study Examines Outcomes of Patients with RA and OA

MD Magazine reported on a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, “Impact of total knee arthroplasty using patient reported pain and health-related quality of life indices: Rheumatoid arthritis versus osteoarthritis.” The study included data from 18,897 patients and concluded that “TKA is highly effective in reducing clinically relevant knee pain to a great extent than other subjective HRQoL… Read More

Symposia Topics Selected for Annual Meeting

The Program Committee has selected eight symposia topics for the scientific program taking place November 6-8 during the AAHKS 25th Annual Meeting. These preliminary titles are subject to change: Symposium I: “State of the Art Management of Tough and Unsolved Problems in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty” Symposium II: “Patient Reported Outcome Measures: This is your New Reality” Symposium… Read More

New AJRR Website Includes Searchable Map

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has launched a new website that improves usability for its surgeon, hospital and patient audiences. The website features an interactive map of more than 500 hospitals participating in the Registry, a Risk Calculator, the AJRR Annual Report, and much more. Visitors can access information about the User Group and register for events… Read More