American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


AAHKS Comments on Two CMS Proposed Rules

AAHKS has commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule (HOPPS) and the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (MPFS). In the HOPPS proposed rule, CMS requested input on removing TKA from the inpatient only (IPO) list as well as… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: Non-Opioid Techniques

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting in Dallas: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Novel Non-Opioid Techniques for Chronic Knee and Hip Pain for Non-Operative Patients Halyard Health Introduction into a non-opioid minimally invasive technique to help address non-operative patients suffering from chronic knee and hip pain. COOLIEF® Cooled… Read More

International Spotlight on September’s Arthroplasty Today

The latest issue of the open-access journal from AAHKS, Arthroplasty Today, is now online. According to the Editorial by AAHKS International Committee Chair, Stefano A. Bini, MD, “One of my roles as a founding associate editor was to bring an international perspective to our journal. Each year, our September issue highlights international manuscripts. With the publication of this… Read More

Study Examines Impact of OREF Grants on NIH Funding

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A study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) analyzed the rate at which investigators receiving certain Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) grants were able to secure funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after receiving an OREF grant. The study compared the future funding success of NIH applicants who received OREF funding… Read More

Annual Meeting Papers Posted


The Preliminary Program on the AAHKS website has been updated with the paper titles and presenters. There will be 59 papers presented at the podium and 210 posters featured in the AAHKS and Guest Societies Poster Exhibition. New this year will be the Poster Reception on Friday night where poster authors will be standing with their posters to… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: 3D Imaging

The following industry-sponsored symposia takes place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting in Dallas: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. The Value of Sitting and Standing Images in the THA Care Pathway EOS Imaging During the symposium, you will hear presentations from THA experts covering: The value of full body, weight-bearing, low dose, 3D imaging… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Antibiotic Embedded Implants

A study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering explores the idea of antibiotic-releasing polymers being used in joint implant components. Invisiverse quotes one of the study’s authors, “Our finding that polyethylene, the most commonly used weight-bearing surface in total joint surgery, can be made to safely and effectively release antibiotics, and that fully weight-bearing implants made with this material… Read More

AAHKS Submits Recommendations to House

Following up on our previous report regarding Congress seeking input regarding Medicare burdens, this week AAHKS submitted 10 recommendations for Medicare regulatory and statutory relief to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health. These new recommendations, submitted to the Committee’s “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” highlight some of the recommendations previously submitted… Read More

Health Policy Fellow Deadline Today

The deadline to apply for the 2018 AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship is 11:59 p.m. on September 1, 2017. Health Policy Fellows engage with AAHKS leaders and legislators on issues that are important to the field of hip and knee arthroplasty. This part-time fellowship can be integrated into a full-time practice or training program. A personal statement, CV and… Read More