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Joint Replacement Surgeon Stands Ground on Implant Choice

An article in Becker’s Spine Review takes a look at joint replacement  and the impact new protocols and cost-cutting measures are having on surgeons. Raymond L. Horwood, MD, an AAHKS member, is featured. Dr. Horwood changed hospital affiliations after his institution made the decision to use implants from two manufacturers. Full story.

RPI Researchers Explore Use of Implant Sensors

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute biomedical engineers have developed an implantable sensor that can be attached to implants used in hip and knee replacement surgeries. The wireless, battery and power-free sensor is powered by an external device. The in vivo data can be transmitted to the surgeon in order to give real-time information from the surgery site. Full story.

AAHKS Submits Comments on CMS Payment Model

AAHKS submitted an extensive comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model. AAHKS has expressed its concerns to CMS about the proposed timeline, the proposed institutional participation requirements and several other issues. An analysis by AAHKS staff shows that this payment model will affect 36.6% of… Read More

AAHKS Collaborates on Comments Following PRO Summit

As previously reported, AAHKS convened the AAHKS Quality and Patient Safety Summit on total joint arthroplasty at the end of August. The Summit attendees reached consensus regarding patient-reported outcomes and risk variables suitable for total hip and knee arthroplasty performance measures. A joint comment letter was developed and signed by AAHKS, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The… Read More

New Advocacy Firm Retained by AAHKS

AAHKS has retained Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (EBG) as our new advocacy and law firm. They will work with AAHKS leadership and staff to ensure we are protecting the interest of our members and advocating for the advancement of the profession to HHS, CMS and Capitol Hill, as well as state health regulatory issues. Founded in 1973,… Read More

TJR Prevalence Study Published in JBJS

The study, “Prevalence of Total Hip and Knee Replacement in the United States,” published last week in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, concluded that “around 7 million Americans are living with a hip or knee replacement, and consequently, in most cases, are mobile, despite advanced arthritis. These numbers underscore the substantial public health impact of total… Read More

AAHKS Hosts Patient Reported Outcomes Summit

Summit group

On August 31, 2015 AAHKS convened the AAHKS Quality and Patient Safety Summit on total joint arthroplasty in Baltimore, Maryland. Representatives from orthopaedic organizations (the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Hip Society, The Knee Society, and the American Joint Replacement Registry), joined AAHKS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Outpatient Prospective Payment System

In a comment letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) acting administrator, Andrew Slavitt, regarding the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule for 2016 (Proposed Rule), AAHKS focused on four provisions of the Proposed Rule: •             AAHKS thanks CMS for staggering publication of the Proposed Rule and Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule… Read More

Karen Wu Talks About Being a Joint Replacement Surgeon

Outpatient Magazine featured a Q&A with AAHKS member, Karen Wu, MD. Dr. Wu is a joint replacement surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, and Assistant Professor of Joint Reconstruction and Replacement in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Wu talks about what drew her to… Read More

What Patients Are Reading: Increased Heart Attack Risk Following TJA

After the study, “Total Joint Arthroplasty and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction – A General Population, Propensity Score-Matched Cohort Study” was published in Arthritis & Rheumatology last week, several news outlets picked up the story. CBS News reported that the study revealed “the chances of a heart attack were more than eight times greater in the first 30… Read More