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Missed the UKA Webinar? Watch the Replay

AAHKS hosted the Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (UKA) webinar on June 29, 2016. The webinar equipped practicing orthopaedic surgeons with state-of-the art information and cutting-edge strategies aimed at enhancing the care of patients undergoing UKA. Moderator and Faculty: David F. Dalury, MD, Craig J. Della Valle, MD, William G. Hamilton, MD, Wael K. Barsoum, MD and Adolph V. Lombardi,… Read More

Charnley Curator Seeks Memories

Paul Jepson Hughes, Honorary Curator of the John Charnley Trust, has contacted AAHKS with a request that we reach out to members to assist him with a memory book in honor of the trust’s namesake. Professor Sir John Charnley, considered the father of total hip arthroplasty, passed away in 1982, and Lady Jill Margaret Charnley passed away on March 8, 2016. Mr.… Read More

CMS Open to Alternative MACRA Start Date

Modern Healthcare reported this week that the CMS is open to delaying the start of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is considering delaying the start date for Medicare payment reform, which is set to go into effect Jan 1. Testifying before the Senate Finance… Read More

AAHKS Signs on to Podiatric Scope of Training Letter

AAHKS signed on to a letter with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons expressing our concerns to Representatives Renee Ellmers and Diana DeGette regarding a provision in H.R. 1221, the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, which would group podiatrists under the heading “physicians” as part of the Medicaid program. The letter supports… Read More

Upcoming AAHKS Co-Branded Meetings

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AAHKS is partnering with several international orthopaedic organizations to host co-branded meetings in the coming months in South America, Asia and Europe. Visit our international calendar of events for more information. 12th Latin American Meeting of Hip and Knee Surgeons 2016 (ELCCR) – Cartagena, Colombia August 3-6 Arthroplasty Society in Asia (ASIA) Meeting – Guangzhou, China September 1-3… Read More

Visit the New MACRA Resource Center

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule addressing implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This proposed rule defines how CMS intends to shift traditional fee‐for‐service payments that reward physicians for the volume of services delivered to Medicare payments… Read More

AAHKS Supports Patient Care Act

AAHKS joined the American Medical Association and other medical organizations in a letter to Senator John Barrasso, MD in support of S. 2978, the “Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act” which would protect the dissemination of peer and independent third-party reviewed services and products that improve patient care. The legislation introduced by Sen. Barrasso clarifies that… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Articles in Press

The following articles are available to read in Arthroplasty Today ahead of the next full issue: Removing a well-fixed femoral sleeve during revision total knee arthroplasty J. Ryan Martin, Tyler S. Watters, Daniel L. Levy, Jason M. Jennings, Douglas A. Dennis Medial tibial “spackling” to lessen chronic medial tibial soft tissue irritation J. Ryan Martin, Tyler Steven Watters,… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Risk of Infection with Knee Replacement

Consumer Reports featured an article on how the risk of infection after total knee replacement surgery varies among hospitals. The article cites data from the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center and the magazine’s California Healthcare Compare tool. The article also features interviews with AAHKS members and provides “8 tips for staying safe before, during and after the procedure.”… Read More