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AAHKS Comments on CMS Patient Relationship Codes

As part of their Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS is developing categories of patient relationship codes for use in episodes of care. While AAHKS believes that these codes can ultimately be useful for patient care, some changes do need to be made before utilization. This will be an evolving process but initial comments can be found in… Read More

Submit Your Study for Research Award

AAHKS is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative that allows the organization to support hip and knee arthroplasty research conducted by its members. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a few outstanding applicants will be invited to submit a full grant… Read More

AAHKS Nominee Selected for Dr. Nathan Davis Award

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer, has been selected for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD, nominated Dr. Conway for his career in public service in the federal government. Dr. Jiranek stated that Dr. Conway “uses… Read More

Top AAHKS News Clicks for December 2016

The following articles from the weekly AAHKS News were the most clicked in December 2016: Dental Prophylaxis Patient Education Updated What Patients are Reading: Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement? Adult Hip and Knee/Tumor Match Report Published Hall of Fame Jockey to Receive Hip Replacement Senate Finance Committee Releases Report on Concurrent Surgeries

Valuable New Member Benefit Begins

AAHKS members now have access to free premium accounts with OrthoEvidence – an online summary of published orthopaedic research from around the world. “AAHKS partnered with OrthoEvidence to make this service available to all members as part of our education mission,” said AAHKS Executive Director, Mike Zarski. Access to OrthoEvidence has already begun, and members received custom login… Read More

London Calling Surgeons

Hotel Rates in London for the British Hip Society’s (BHS) Annual Meeting are only guaranteed until January 12, 2017. AAHKS members receive discounted registration rates as a Guest Society of the BHS, by invitation of President Fares S. Haddad. Members will be paired with BHS members for a peek inside the National Health System and to exchange ideas… Read More

Meet One-on-One at Spring Meeting

Attendees of the 2016 AAHKS Spring Meeting commented on the valuable experience of meeting in small group settings and having one-on-one conversations with leaders in hip and knee surgery. As a complement to the AAHKS Annual Meeting, the Spring Meeting is pared down in size with interactive breakout sessions and symposia that focus on THA and TKA. Learn… Read More

Funding Available for TKA Research

OREF, in partnership with Stryker, encourages proposals in support of cutting-edge research that focuses on robotic-assisted surgery for primary total knee arthroplasty. Well-crafted clinical studies that seek to quantify robotic-assisted patient outcomes in knee arthroplasty are strongly encouraged. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims, and be obvious from the title and the… Read More

What are Your Options for QPP this Year?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) began on January 1, 2017. You should submit at least one measure between now and October 2, 2017 to ensure you do not incur a payment penalty; however, you get to pick your pace for the QPP. If you’re ready, you can begin anytime between January… Read More