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Foundation Tax Status Approved by IRS

FARE

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) received an IRS determination letter approving its application for not-for-profit charity status. This means that FARE can now accept tax-deductible contributions and use endowment funds received from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). FARE was created by AAHKS to improve health and quality of life by supporting hip and… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Named as Official Journal of AJRR

As Editor-in-Chief, Brian J. McGrory, MD prepares for the next issue of Arthroplasty Today, he would like to announce that the AAHKS open-access journal has been named the official journal of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). In this collaboration, Dr. McGrory plans to publish an original research article using AJRR data each year. “The AJRR looks to… Read More

Pros/Cons of Bilateral Knee Replacement

The Wall Street Journal published a recent article that examines the pros and cons of bilateral knee replacement. The article cites studies in the Journal of Arthroplasty and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The article states that “a study in May in the Journal of Arthroplasty compared cases matched for risks in simultaneous bilateral and unilateral… Read More

Knee Patients in India Celebrate with Dance

People who have had hip or knee replacement surgery often return to activities like sports, hiking, gardening that they participated in before joint pain stopped them. This article in the Punjab News Express reports on a group of knee patients in Patiala, India who celebrated their new joints by performing a traditional folk dance called “Bhangra” along with… Read More

Cigna Announces Precertification Program for Arthroplasty

Cigna has announced that it will implement a musculoskeletal precertification program beginning January 1, 2016. According to a letter sent to AAHKS, “ordering physicians will need to request precertification directly through eviCore for certain musculoskeletal services, including interventional pain management and major joint surgery services related to the hip, knee, and shoulder.” Cigna has partnered with eviCore Healthcare… Read More

Protect Yourself: Bring Your Team to the Annual Meeting

Bundled care and commercial bundles are here. Over 36% of all AAHKS members will be affected by the new Medicare program scheduled to begin on January 1, 2016. Are you and your hospital ready for the financial risk? Internal gain sharing? Do you know your data? 90-day cost of care? Readmission rates? Created and directed by C. Lowry… Read More

CMS Hosting MACRA Request for Information Webinars

CMS will be hosting a series of webinars about the Request for Information for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). During these webinars, MACRA Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) will also be discussed. Part 1 takes place on Thursday, October 8 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern), and Part 2 takes… Read More

Operation Walk Returns to Cuba

Since 2004, medical mission trips to Cuba had stopped due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. Now with improved relations, some travel restrictions have been lifted. According to the Tampa Tribune, AAHKS member Kenneth A. Gustke, MD will return to Cuba in November with his Operation Walk team and is happy to be going back. Full… Read More

AAHKS Award Recipients Announced

Each year, the Annual Meeting Program Committee selects three outstanding papers for AAHKS Awards presented at the Annual Meeting. The Award recipients for the 25th Annual Meeting are: The James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Oral and IV Tranexamic Acid: The Same Efficacy at Lower Cost?” Young Investigator: Yale A. Fillingham, MD, Chicago,… Read More

Call for Poster Reviewers

The AAHKS 25th Annual Meeting Program Committee has put out a call for AAHKS members to volunteer as poster reviewers. There are 200 posters submitted for the Poster Exhibit, and reviewers are needed to evaluate these online prior to the Annual Meeting. After scores are tabulated, AAHKS presents awards to the best poster in each category: Primary Hip,… Read More