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Join Small Group Discussions with Leading Experts

Do you enjoy the fall meeting but miss the intimate interactions of AAHKS meetings of the past? Are you looking to get your questions answered by leading experts in a small group setting? Then the First Annual AAHKS Spring meeting is for you!  The meeting will be centered around a case-based discussion format in small groups with a… Read More

Watch Annual Meeting Video Interviews

Besides the 25th AAHKS Annual Meeting coverage featured on OrthopedicsToday, video interviews of presenters are now available for viewing on the OrthopedicsToday website. The videos highlight the authors’ perspectives on the papers they presented at the podium. Watch the videos.

Pacira and FDA Resolve Lawsuit

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached resolution in a lawsuit filed by Pacira following a September 2014 Warning Letter issued by the FDA. The FDA confirmed EXPAREL has, since its approval on October 28, 2011, been approved for “administration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia” in a variety of surgeries not… Read More

PQRS Tool Makes Measure Searches Easier

CMS has launched a new PQRS web-based search tool on its website. This tool will assist eligible professionals (EPs) and PQRS group practices with easily identifying claims and registry measures that may be applicable, and help find measures that meet satisfactory reporting requirements for the 2016 PQRS program year. Users may search measure-related keywords as well as search… Read More

CMS Revises Short Stay Hospital Claims Guidelines

CMS has revised guidelines on “Reviewing Short Stay Hospital Claims for Patient Status: Admissions On or After January 1, 2016.” Starting October 1, 2015 Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations began conducting initial patient status reviews of claims for inpatient admissions. Under the revised exceptions policy (CMS-1633-F), which became effective January 1, 2016, for admissions not… Read More

Joint Commission Seeks Public Comment for Hip/Knee Measures

In early 2016, The Joint Commission (TJC) will launch a new Advanced Certification program for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. TJC is currently finalizing the standardized performance measures for this program. The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for this project included several AAHKS leaders and members. The TAP identified performance measures for process improvement, outcomes including patient-reported outcomes… Read More

Earn up to 15.5 CME Credits at AAHKS Spring Meeting

Attendees can earn CME credit at the First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place March 31-April 2, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. Visit the AAHKS website for complete details and to register. Registration is limited to 200 participants. Practicing orthopaedic surgeons need to periodically update their knowledge per the most recent clinical research findings. Additionally,… Read More

Call for Members to Serve on Knee Arthritis Panel

AAHKS is seeking volunteers to work with the AAOS’s Evidence-Based Medicine Unit on a writing panel and a voting panel regarding six consensus statements related to the Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (SMOAK) Guidelines. These guidelines were developed based on a systematic review of peer-reviewed articles and are intended to assist physicians in treating osteoarthritis of… Read More

Chinese Visiting Fellows Program Underway

AAHKS has developed a visiting fellow program with the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS). AAHKS leadership attended the CAOS meeting in the spring of 2015 and interviewed about forty pre-selected candidates for the program. The candidates were very well qualified and excited about this opportunity. From the pre-selected pool, representatives of AAHKS and CAOS selected 18 fellows… Read More

AAHKS Names AJRR as Official Registry

The AAHKS Board of Directors named the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) as the official registry of AAHKS at the December Board meeting. The multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit AJRR collects data on primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures throughout the United States to improve patient outcomes. AAHKS has been a long-standing supporter of the AJRR over the years… Read More