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FDA Strengthens Requirements for MoM Hip Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final order requiring manufacturers to submit a premarket approval application (PMA) for two types of metal-on-metal (MoM) total hip replacement devices: hip joint metal/metal semi-constrained with cemented and uncemented acetabular components. The FDA said, “Given the known risks, the FDA believes that there is insufficient evidence and information to… Read More

See Demo of AJRR PRO

American Joint Replacement Registry staff will be providing a demonstration of the new AJRR Level III patient-reported outcome (PRO) dashboard system at the in Academy Hall WC at the AAOS Annual Meeting in Orlando. The PRO dashboard system collects electronic health records (EHR) directly from hospitals or through an EHR vendor, and sorts the data into charts, graphs,… Read More

Author Interview Published in Orthopedics This Week

Orthopedics This Week interviewed AAHKS member, Matthew S. Austin, MD to follow up on a study he led that examined hip replacement patients who underwent formal physical therapy and non-formal physical therapy following surgery. “We were somewhat surprised to find that patients did equally well whether they undertook a formal PT program or stayed home to exercise. It… Read More

Registration Open for AAHKS Bundled Payment Webinar

If you are among the many AAHKS members affected by the new Medicare CJR bundled payment pilot, you can’t afford to miss the next AAHKS webinar. Register online now for “Navigating Bundled Payments and CJR in Total Joint Arthroplasty” taking place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). Implementation of CMS’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement… Read More

In Memoriam: Orthopaedic Surgeon, Humanitarian

Founder and Executive Director of Medicus Christi, Ltd., Joe Marotta, MD passed away suddenly at his home on Monday February 8 at age 57. Dr. Marotta’s organization is featured on the AAHKS Humanitarian Organizations page. Dr. Marotta became especially interested in helping people in Ghana and had plans this year to break ground for a new orthopaedic center… Read More

AAHKS, Hip and Knee Societies Comment on Performance Measures

Last month we asked members to submit comments on The Joint Commission’s (TJC) new Advanced Certification program for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for this project included several AAHKS leaders and members. The TAP identified six draft performance measures for process improvement, outcomes including patient-reported outcomes in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers… Read More

Join Specialty Day Programs Online

If you are unable to travel to Orlando for Specialty Day, you can join the hip program or the knee program live via webstream. Watch the entire program, or any sessions you are specifically interested in. You can watch live, watch later, by yourself or with colleagues. One flat $25 registration fee will give you access to the… Read More

View AAHKS 2015 ePosters and Technique Videos

You can search the archive of ePosters and Surgical Technique Videos that were exhibited at the 25th AAHKS Annual Meeting. The ePosters include the abstracts, and many contain audio from the author. The Surgical Technique Videos can be viewed by clicking the Search button and selecting Videos from the Format menu. Repair of a Chronic Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon… Read More

AJRR Featured in Medscape

An article in this week’s Medscape Orthopedics news asks the question, “Will orthopedic registries improve joint surgery outcomes?” Looking at new data from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the official registry of AAHKS, the article suggests that new insights into patient outcomes are affecting health care decisions. “Findings like these give a sense of the data that… Read More

Cigna Responds to AAHKS Precertification Concerns

As previously reported, Cigna and eviCore have implemented a pre-certification process for total joint arthroplasty patients. AAHKS sent a letter to Cigna/eviCore and has met with them to discuss our concerns about the program and its implementation. Cigna/eviCore has responded to many of our concerns. You can read their comments here (integrated into our original letter). As a reminder,… Read More