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AAHKS Spring Meeting Faculty Announced

The First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting takes place March 31 – April 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The preliminary schedule and list of faculty have been announced for this instructional course lecture format meeting, which will be capped at 200 attendees. Meeting registration is now open to nonmembers and other clinical professionals in hip and knee surgery. View… Read More

Apply Now for the AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship

The application period for the 2016 AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship is open to AAHKS members who are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the policy-making process and in becoming effective advocates. The goal of this program is to provide Fellows with the requisite exposure, training and skills to advocate the health policy efforts of AAHKS while… Read More

Hospital Associations Weigh in on CJR

Representatives from the American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges provide commentary in an article published in HealthLeaders Media on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program. Both associations were pleased to see the changes implemented in the final rule issued by CMS last month, but agree that more improvements are necessary.… Read More

AARP Questions Medicare Hip and Knee Data

The AARP Public Policy Institute published a study, “Impact of the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program on Hospital Readmissions Following Joint Replacement Surgery” in its October issue. The instituted aimed to “determine whether readmission rates for elective knee and hip replacements decreased in the years immediately prior to CMS’ first application of the Medicare readmission reduction program fines.”… Read More

Acetaminophen after TJR Study Published

A study, “Effect of i.v. acetaminophen on total hip or knee replacement surgery: A case-matched evaluation of a national patient database,” was published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy this week. Over a one-year period, researchers evaluated the effects of i.v. acetaminophen on 22,146 case-matched patients who underwent total hip or knee replacement surgery. They concluded that,… Read More

Register Now for the AJRR PRO Informational Webinar

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) will be hosting webinars about the new AJRR Level III patient-reported outcomes (PRO) platform on December 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (CST) and January 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (CST). The webinars will cover recommended PRO measures and the benefits of a PRO data collection program. The AJRR Analytics team will demonstrate… Read More