Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. in Ohio hosted Dr. Benjie Wang through the AAHKS traveling fellowship program in partnership with the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS). “We certainly enjoyed having him here,” said AAHKS member, Adolph V. Lombardi Jr., MD. The goal of this program is to help train individuals who have the capacity to return to China,… Read More
Unsure of your participation status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Physicians can now use an interactive tool on the Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in 2017. To determine your status, enter your National Provider Identifier into the entry field on the tool and find out whether or not you should participate… Read More
Bryan D. Springer, MD and a team from Operation Walk Carolinas are on a medical mission in Cuba this week. The team of sixty volunteers plans to complete 40-50 joint replacements and teach the Cuban medical staff about TJR procedures. Dr. Springer was interviewed by the local Charlotte, North Carolina CBS television station WBTV, and compared the access… Read More
Mötley Crüe founder and bassist, Nikki Sixx, had hip replacement surgery last month in Los Angeles. The 58 year-old heavy-metal rock star has been touring since the early 80s and is producing a Broadway musical based on his New York Times best-selling autobiography. According to WAAF in Boston, after his surgery, Sixx was “amazed by the time it… Read More
The second AAHKS Spring Meeting began this morning with case session discussions over breakfast at the St. Francis Westin in San Francisco. Faculty met with attendees in small groups before proceeding with the general program covering highlights of the 2016 AAHKS Annual Meeting and other symposia on current hip and knee topics. Small-group breakout sessions took place on… Read More
Health insurers Anthem and Cigna Corp. failed in their appeal to merge again this week. According to Modern Healthcare, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a lower court ruling from February that blocked the two insurers from merging on grounds that the combination would harm competition, particularly in the national employer market.” Full story.
CMS is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In late April through May, you will get a letter from your Medicare Administrative Contractor that processes Medicare Part B claims, providing the participation status of each MIPS clinician associated with your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Clinicians… Read More
“One in 14 patients who use opioids before total hip or knee replacement surgery become persistent users during the year after their operation, according to a study published April 19 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,” reported Medscape this week. Using data from the United HealthCare/Optum Clinformatics Data Mart Database, researchers determined that about 87% of patients used opioids before… Read More