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CMS Reconsideration Deadline Nears

The deadline for Eligible Professionals to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. If you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in… Read More

Tom Price Confirmed to Lead HHS

Sen Barrasso, Dr Santore and Dr Price in 2010

Congressman, Tom Price, MD, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early Friday. Dr. Price’s experience as an orthopaedic surgeon gives him a critically important perspective on the real-world impact of health policy including the importance of access, coverage, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical decision making and challenges of navigating… Read More

Stem Cell Technology Added to Patient Library

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published a new article, “Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My Joint Pain?” to the AAHKS library of patient education articles. The article has been written and peer reviewed by members of the Patient and Public Relations Committee and the Evidence-Based Medicine Committee. Articles in the library are regularly updated and… Read More

BHS Meeting in Center of London

Join AAHKS at the British Hip Society’s (BHS) Annual Meeting, March 1-3, 2017. AAHKS members receive discounted registration rates as a Guest Society of the BHS, by invitation of President Fares S. Haddad. The conference topics include trends in practice, developing surgical research, getting acclimated as a new surgeon in private practice, and the presentation of many scientific… Read More

AJRR Inviting All to Working Lunch in San Diego

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is hosting a User Group Network (Unet) meeting on Wednesday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (PST). The meeting will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in conjunction with the AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The meeting agenda will focus on sharing best practices and viewing the… Read More

Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger

American Medical Association President, Andrew W. Gurman, MD, issued a statement on Wednesday after a U.S. Federal judge blocked the purchase of Cigna by rival insurer Anthem. Dr. Gurman said, “In a David vs. Goliath battle between consumers and mega insurers, a federal judge today ruled that Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna poses a clear and present threat… Read More

Residents Can Take Free Regional Courses in TJA

“Fundamentals of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty for Orthopaedic Residents” presented by AAHKS, AAOS, The Hip Society, and The Knee Society offers free training in primary total hip and primary total knee arthroplasty in three regional U.S. locations. Courses will be lead by R. Michael Meneghini, MD, and Brett R. Levine, MD, in Rosemont, IL, Ronald Delanois, MD, and… Read More

Britain’s NHS Rations TJR

The Guardian is reporting a funding shortage in Britain’s National Health Service that has prompted them to issue a statement that hip and knee replacements “will have to be rationed.” The NHS is suggesting a model where some parts of the country will be affected more than others, and only those patients who are in moderate to severe… Read More

Systematic Review of PRO after THA

A study published in Orthopedics evaluated the quality of patient satisfaction reporting after THA. Researchers looked at 755 studies in the MEDLINE database and concluded that “few studies have examined patient satisfaction after THA and that both the quality and the level of evidence were moderately low. Although THA is considered a highly successful procedure that improves the… Read More

What Patients are Listening to: Operation Walk Chicago

A recent humanitarian trip to Brazil by Operation Walk Chicago was featured on CBS Chicago/WBBM Newsradio with an interview by founder and AAHKS member, S. David Stulberg, MD. The group of 50 volunteers conducted 60 hip replacements on patients in a wide age and disability range. “Brazilian hospitals and health clinics are devoting so much of their resources… Read More