The U.S. House of Representatives is passing a series of bills this week to address opioid abuse and pain management. One bill would create a national task force on opioid policies, which advocates hope will spur a major overhaul to the government’s approach to addiction, including updating best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication. Another bill… Read More
Orthopedics This Week interviewed Daniel J. Berry, MD, American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Board of Directors member and AAHKS Past President, regarding the collaboration between AAHKS, the AJRR and The American Orthopaedic Association which aligns our quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR’s Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center. “At the heart of our Registry, we’ve always strived to be as… Read More
A business article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on a new device company that is contracting with third-party manufacturers to provide low-cost systems for hip and knee replacements. The start-up was founded in response to the changes in health care – specifically the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model from CMS. The article cites an analysis by… Read More
The Chicago Tribune featured a headline article about Chicago-based United Airlines implementing a policy that would pay for employees’ hip and knee replacement surgeries and expenses if they travel to Chicago. “The airline is encouraging workers across the country and their families to go to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for hip and knee replacements as well… Read More
AAHKS has finalized the Primary Hip Arthroplasty Performance Measurement Set and published the set and the complete document created by the Hip Arthroplasty Work Group on the AAHKS website. The measures evaluate outcomes and appropriate preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care which are critical to improving patient function and quality of life. View the measures.
AAHKS First Vice President Mark I. Froimson, MD and Committee Chairs Adolph J. Yates, MD, Evidence Based Medicine and Jeffrey A. Geller, MD, Web and Social Media joined our three 2015-2016 Health Policy Fellows, P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA and Adam A. Sassoon, MD to advocate for AAHKS during the AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference… Read More
According to Bloomberg National Affairs, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic of North Carolina has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges that it might have violated the HIPAA Privacy Rule by disclosing protected health information (PHI) for about 17,300 patients by recycling X-ray films without first executing a business associate agreement (BAA), according to the Department of Health and Human… Read More
Greg Paul, a 61-year-old mountaineer from Alpine, Utah, is attempting to become the first known climber to summit Mount Everest with two total knee replacements. This will be Paul’s third attempt after trying in 2012 and 2014 when ice falls and avalanches cancelled his expeditions. So far this week, the expedition has made it to Camp 3 where… Read More