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This Week’s Featured Symposium: Outpatient Total Joints

The following symposium takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 prior to the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting general session: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Same-Day Surgery: Transitioning to Outpatient Total Joints Medtronic The intent of this program is to provide rationale and discuss innovative methods used to perform outpatient total joint procedures. Course faculty will share their experiences transitioning… Read More

Health Policy Fellowship: Apply Now

AAHKS Health Policy Fellows report that the experience provides them with the opportunity to engage with legislators on issues important to hip and knee surgeons and also to receive mentoring from AAHKS leaders. This part-time fellowship can be integrated into a full-time practice or training program. If you would like to learn about health policy and actively participate… Read More

US Congress Seeking Input to Reduce Medicare Burdens

The US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Health Subcommittee announced that it is seeking input from healthcare providers to find legislative and regulatory burdens in Medicare that can be eliminated or changed. In June, AAHKS members provided input on this issue in order to present a list of priority burdens to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD. Click… Read More

Mid-Year Look at CJR Feedback

Navigant, an operational consulting firm in Chicago, is reporting that many of their hospital clients will likely incur penalties this year from Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement reimbursement model (CJR). While preparedness has improved, many hospitals are still underprepared according to HealthLeaders Media. Full story.

NHS Wait Times Highest in 10 Years

Last April, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) issued a statement that only patients in moderate to severe pain could obtain hip or knee replacement surgeries. This “rationing” was put in place to ease the strain on the NHS surgery wait times. The Telegraph is reporting figures now show that the number of people waiting for routine surgery in… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: Site of Service

The following symposium takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 prior to the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting general session. 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Site of Service and Trends in Total Joint Commercial Bundles Surgical Care Affiliates A growing number of health plans and self-insured employers are recognizing “site of service” as the primary driver behind the rapid escalation… Read More

2017 ONN Implant Review Now Available

The “2017 Hip and Knee Implant Review” published by Orthopedic Network News (ONN) is now available to members for downloading. Log in to the AAHKS website for your copy. The issue also features: Top 10 Hip and Knee Hospitals Hospital Resources and Implant Cost Management Bundled Payments Update AAHKS makes this issue available to members as a benefit… Read More

Notice of Proposed Changes in AAHKS Bylaws

Members will be asked to approve changes in AAHKS Bylaws at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting on November 5, 2017 in Dallas. The significant changes include allowing Candidate members and Arthroplasty Surgeons in Training members to serve on AAHKS committees.  Members may review all proposed changes to the Bylaws here.

Bone Wax Study Published in JOA

A Seth Greenwald, DPhil (Oxon), gives his perspective on the study, “Bone wax seen as effective for decreasing total blood loss after TKA,” published in The Journal of Arthroplasty in May. Dr. Greenwald points out in an Orthopedics Today editorial that the study was done in the absence of tranexamic acid, and that “bone wax continues to enjoy both historical… Read More

Troponin Levels Following Surgery

A study published in the HSS Journal this week found that “patients with higher postoperative cTnI levels were more likely to have cardiac complications during hip or knee replacement surgery and spinal fusions.” Researchers recommend a simple blood test to measure troponin to help identify patients who are at greater risk of a cardiac event following surgery. Full… Read More