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Teams Can Learn from Arthroplasty Today

The online, open-access journal Arthroplasty Today can serve as an educational tool for total joint replacement team members. In an editorial in the current issue of Arthroplasty Today, authors Brian J. McGrory, MD and Craig J. Della Valle, MD stated, “Our new reality in joint replacement care is one of a high level of accountability for excellent outcomes.… Read More

Help Shape Legislation with the Orthopaedic PAC

The Political Action Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AAHKS, also known as the “Orthopaedic PAC,” supports candidates for Federal office who understand the issues that you face daily and who will be sensitive to these concerns while in Congress. The PAC achieves its objectives by making political contributions to Members of Congress and political… Read More

AJMC Reports on Bundled Payment Study

The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) featured a study presented at the 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting on a bundled payment pilot at the NYU Langone Medical Center. “NYU’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery saw reductions in overall length of stay, fewer admissions for follow-up care, and lower readmission rates at the 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day marks,” according to… Read More

Virgin Islands Medical Center Suspends Hip, Knee Surgeries

Schneider Regional Medical Center on the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas announced that it has suspended elective total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. According to the St. Croix Source, the medical center decided to remove the services for financial reasons. Full story.

DocSpera Reaches 100,000,000 Milestone

The AAHKS Case Sharing Network partner, DocSpera, has reached a major milestone of reaching 100,000,000 interactions on the platform. Every time you book a case, send a message, click or upload an image, connect with a user, or use any of the other workflow features on DocSpera, it adds to this interaction count. The AAHKS Case Sharing Network… Read More

William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS Takes Office as AAHKS President

Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Jiranek

On March 2, 2016, William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS took office as the 26th President of AAHKS during the Board of Directors meeting in Orlando. Dr. Jiranek is Chief of Adult Reconstruction in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of Musculoskeletal Health in the Neuro-skeletal Center for Health and Performance and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth… Read More

Dr. Halsey Named AAOS 2nd Vice President

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) selected AAHKS member David A. Halsey, MD as Second Vice President after serving as Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies for AAOS. At the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting on March 3, 2016, he stepped down from the AAHKS Second Vice President position. “Although I am looking forward to helping lead the… Read More

Bring Case Questions to Spring Meeting Breakfast

Attendees of the AAHKS First Annual Spring Meeting taking place this month will have the opportunity to get case-related questions answered in an informal setting with faculty and peers over breakfast. The meeting takes place March 31-April 2 in Washington, DC. Attendance is limited to 200. Register and make hotel reservations today. Objectives Analyze total hip and knee arthroplasty… Read More

Provide Feedback to ACR on Perioperative Guidelines

The American College of Rheumatologists (ACR), in partnership with AAHKS, is developing a new clinical practice guideline for perioperative management of rheumatic disease medications in total joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee. The guideline will be developed primarily for orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists who care for patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, but may also be used by… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Quality Measure Plan

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Michael J. Zarski, JD, AAHKS Executive Director, offered comments to the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) team. The comments focused on: Applicability of Measures Across Healthcare Settings Reducing Provider Burden of Data Collection for Measure Reporting Clinical Practice Guidelines Patient and Caregiver Experience Measures Adequately… Read More