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MedPAC Releases Annual Report to Congress

Epstein Becker & Green reviewed the March Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Report and prepared the following summary of issues AAHKS is tracking: MedPAC’s March Report includes analyses of payment adequacy in fee-for-service Medicare and makes recommendations for 2017 rate adjustments under the various fee-for-service payment systems. The report also provides a review of Medicare Advantage and the… Read More

Thank You to Spring Meeting Participants

The First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting concluded successfully in Washington, DC with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Over 100 members participated in case-based, small group discussions on topics in total joint arthroplasty, which made for an intimate and effective learning environment. AAHKS wishes to express thanks to all the meeting participants, faculty and organizational sponsors: DePuy Synthes, DJO Global, Medtronic,… Read More

Spring Meeting Underway

Podium panel

The First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting began today in Washington, DC. Attendees participated in instructional course lectures and heard from Stacie Monroe, Manager of the Orthopaedic PAC, who encouraged all members to contribute to the PAC by texting the letters “AAOS” to 41444. One attendee joined the Capitol Club even before she finished her update. View the Spring… Read More

Dr. Jiranek Speaks to Becker’s

Becker’s Spine Review – Orthopedic Practice Management published an interview with AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS that provided some insight into his views on education, advocacy and the future of health care. Full story.

We Want Your Surgical Video Ideas!

More and more AAHKS members are building libraries of their own surgical technique videos and sharing with colleagues. Would you like to have one of your videos featured at the 26th AAHKS Annual Meeting? The AAHKS Program Committee is looking for Surgical Technique Video proposals that are high quality, clinically relevant and of high overall educational value. Video… Read More

CJR Starts Today

CQ Roll Call cited a study released this week that found 60 percent of hospitals participating in Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, which begins today, could face penalties based on their cost performance. According to the study, “roughly 800 hospitals will be at risk for all Medicare spending associated with hip and knee replacements and… Read More

AAHKS Comment Letters This Week

Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network: Elective TJR White Paper Medicare Proposed Rule (joint letter with AAOS): Expanding Uses of Medicare Data by Qualified Entities

USBJI Publishes Data on Musculoskeletal Diseases

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative has published an executive summary and full volume of comprehensive data on musculoskeletal disorders that addresses how common these conditions are, why it matters and what we can do differently to address and reverse the trends. According to the summary, “If research and clinical investments came closer to matching the burden… Read More