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House Pushing Opioids Bills Forward

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 Features Quality Collaboration

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

Minnesota Start-Up Enters Device Market

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

What Patients are Reading: United to Pay for Hip/Knee Replacements

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

New Hip Measures Approved

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.

CMS Addresses AAHKS MDP Comments

CMS published the final Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) on May 2, 2016. Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., the AAHKS advocacy representative, summarized which of AAHKS’ comments were addressed and which were not in a report submitted this week. Read the report.

Leaders Attend NOLC

NOLC attendees

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

Orthopaedic Group Pays HIPAA Settlement

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