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BPCI Extension Available For Awardees

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that awardees who started participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative in October 2013 and are scheduled to end in 2016, are now able to extend participation in Models 2, 3 and 4 through September 30, 2018. CMS reports that as of April 1,… Read More

Companies Offering Employees Free Bundled Surgeries

An article on NPR’s All Things Considered reports that some major companies in the US, including Lowe’s home improvement company and Walmart, offer their employees surgery for some major operations with no out-of-pocket costs. The companies are making deals with large hospitals and medical centers to provide bundled care for the surgical episodes, including hip and knee replacements,… Read More

It’s Time to Present at AAHKS 2016!

The AAHKS Program Committee is calling for Abstract submissions for the 26th Annual Meeting taking place November 10-13, 2016 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, USA. The high caliber content of the Annual Meeting is enriched by the presentations made at the podium and the posters exhibited during the meeting. Now is the time to submit your… Read More

AAHKS Represented at Conferences This Week

The Knee Society

Research The Knee Society, supported by AAHKS, the NIH, AAOS and others conducted a research conference, “Strategies to Improve Total Knee Arthroplasty” this week in Bethesda, Md. In attendance were AAHKS Immediate Past President Jay R. Lieberman, MD, Executive Director Mike Zarski, JD and other AAHKS leaders and staff. The objective of the conference was “to develop a… Read More

Take Self-Assessment Exam Online

In partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), The Hip Society and The Knee Society, we are offering the “2016 Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee” self-assessment examination. The peer-reviewed, online exam includes videos of surgical demonstrations, more than 30 expert contributors, and 200 multiple-choice questions in hip and knee arthroplasty, anatomy, basic science,… Read More

Study Looks at Telerehabilitation

A study published ahead of print in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, “Clinical outcomes of remote asynchronous telerehabilitation are equivalent to traditional therapy following total knee arthroplasty: A randomized control study” by AAHKS members Stefano A. Bini, MD and John P. Mahajan, MD looks at post-operative telerehabilitation. Patients and physical therapists used a video software platform that… Read More

ACS Updates Statement on Concurrent Surgeries

OrthopedicsToday reported that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) updated its position on the practice of concurrent surgeries “when the critical or key components of the procedures for which the primary attending surgeon is responsible are occurring all or in part at the same time.” The ACS deems this as inappropriate; however, distinguishes two circumstances during “overlapping operations”… Read More

Duke Coach Has Knee Replaced

Duke University’s head basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski underwent knee replacement surgery on his left knee on Sunday, April 3 at Duke University Medical Center. AAHKS member, Michael P. Bolognesi, MD performed the surgery. Krzyzewski also had both hips replaced several years ago. Full story.

Featured Q&A on HSS Patient Study

Becker’s Healthcare conducted a Q&A session with AAHKS member, Amar S. Ranawat, MD, on the recent patient education study done at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (HSS). Patients who underwent hip or knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis were separated into two groups. One group received education prior to surgery that included one-on-one sessions with a… Read More

Military Health System Bundling TJR

The United States Department of Defense issued a notice that they have started a test bundled payment process called “TRICARE Bundled Payment for Lower Extremity Joint Replacement or Reattachment” (LEJR). According to the statement, TRICARE will be based on the CJR Model and will take place in the Military Health System in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area for DRG… Read More