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Dave Dvorak Resigns from Zimmer Biomet

According to Becker’s Spine Review, “David Dvorak stepped down as CEO of Zimmer Biomet and the company is conducting a search for his replacement. In the interim, Senior Vice President and CFO Daniel P. Florin will act as CEO.” Mr. Dvorak actively participated with the AAHKS Industry Relations Committee, and under his leadership, Zimmer Biomet became a Gold… Read More

Joint Registry Offers PROM Guide

As part of their mission to improve care for patients by providing meaningful data to participants, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) developed a comprehensive patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) guide. Fully updated for 2017, it helps to make the most of the AJRR PROM platform—from how to utilize it to capture data to guidance and suggestions on how… Read More

Bloomberg Reports on Use of Alternatives to Opioids

Recognizing the growing practice trend of using regional anesthesia, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and Novocain in the operating room, Bloomberg reported on the benefits to patients. The alternative pain control is being used for orthopaedic surgery and other types of surgeries as well. The article covers the reasons for the switch and how state laws play a part. Full story.

Senior Olympian Earns Gold, Silver Medals

Wally Dashiell, 93, of Stevensville, Alabama, took home gold and silver awards in the National Senior Olympics held in Birmingham this month. A track and field athlete in all areas including distance running and jumping, Dashiell now focuses on the hammer throw after receiving a total knee replacement in 2013 and a total hip replacement in 2015. She… Read More

New Issue of Arthroplasty Today Published

The current issue of Arthroplasty Today features original research using data from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) in the article, “Infection burden in total hip and knee arthroplasties: an international registry-based perspective” by Bryan D. Springer, MD, September Cahue, MPH, Caryn D. Etkin, PhD, MPH, David G. Lewallen, MD and Brian J. McGrory, MD. A poster based… Read More

Initial Trends Identified in CMS Proposed Rule

On June 20, 2017, CMS released a 1,058-page proposed rule to update the payment policies, rates, and quality provisions under the two tracks of the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP): the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs) for 2018. Epstein Becker & Green (EBG) has identified two initial trends. Payment and delivery system… Read More

Annual Meeting Video Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit proposals for surgical technique videos for the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting has been extended through August 1. The AAHKS Program Committee is looking for proposals that are high quality, clinically relevant and of high overall educational value. Video commentary will include brief preoperative history and pertinent exam findings, indications for surgery, pre- and post-operative… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Home after Surgery

Twin Cities PBS, featured the article “Should You Go Home after a Hip or Knee Replacement?” in their Next Avenue online media publication for older adults. Citing studies by AAHKS members Douglas E. Padgett, MD and William J. Hozack, MD, the article explains how patients fare well when recovering at home immediately following TJR surgery. Full story.

Top AAHKS News Clicks for June 2017

The following news items from the weekly AAHKS News email were the top clicks in June: AAHKS/ACR Publish New Joint Infection Guideline New Patient Education: Knee Replacement Surgery New Better Care Reconciliation Act Summarized Rocker Talks About THR