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Mike Bolognesi, MD

The 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting begins next Thursday, November 2 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas with a full schedule of industry-sponsored symposia that run through Friday morning. The general session of the AAHKS program begins at 2:55 p.m. on Friday and adjourns on Sunday at noon. Review the Final Program for all details. Registration Rates Increase Onsite… Read More

Paper Shows Opioid Use Down Post TJA

A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, “Multimodal Pain Management in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Trends Over the Last 10 Years,” showed that “in-hospital opioid use after hip and knee replacement surgeries decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014. According to MedicalXpress, researchers examined trends in multi-modal therapy and concluded that… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposia

Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Change the Face of the Opioid Landscape One Patient at a Time with Multimodal Treatment Approach DePuy Synthes/Pacira Pharmaceuticals A moderated discussion on the clinical significance of the Postsurgical Infiltration of Long Lasting Analgesia in TKA Results (PILLAR) trial, a phase 4 multicenter randomized controlled study (16 centers, 139 patients). … Read More

AAOS Anchors Registry Initiative with AJRR

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries for a broad range of orthopaedic conditions and procedures. As part of this effort, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is integrating into the AAOS effective immediately. AJRR, the official registry of AAHKS, is a national hip and knee joint… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposed Rule

CMS has collected comments on the Proposed Rule CMS-5524-P: Medicare Program; Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model. This rule recommends, among other issues, to reduce the number of mandatory MSAs that are participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: SSI

The following industry symposium takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. An Evidence-Based Update on Closed Incision Negative Pressure Therapy for High-Risk Surgical Incision Acelity This session will present an overview of the SSI problem as it relates to complex primary and revision joint arthroplasty and the work being done in the area… Read More

We Need Your Input! CMS Field Testing Knee Arthroplasty Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, will be conducting field testing for eight episode-based cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). These measures, which were developed with input from AAHKS and AAOS,… Read More

“Ask the Experts” at AAHKS 2017

A panel of leading hip and knee surgeons will conduct the “Ask the Experts” Case Sessions at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting. As one of the most popular events held during the Annual Meeting, these sessions facilitate peer-to-peer discussion centered around cases suggested by attendees. Be sure to bring along your case materials on a thumb drive, and… Read More

AAHKS Participates in Co-Branded Conference

AAHKS members attending UAOT in Ukraine

Last week, AAHKS participated in a Co-Branded Meetings with the Ukrainian Association of Orthopaedists and Traumatologists (UAOT). UAOT hosted Stefano A. Bini, MD, Brett R. Levine, MD, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc at their conference, “Current Issues of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty” in Kharkiv, Ukraine. AAHKS Past President, Brian S. Parsley, MD, is leading the AAHKS delegation… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: Live Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

The following industry symposium takes place on Friday, November 3, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cementless Mako Total Knee with Triathlon Tritanium:  Live Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Stryker This symposium will feature a live surgical demonstration of a Mako Total Knee procedure, now with the cementless Triathlon Tritanium Knee System, and interactive dialogue with surgeon faculty. The cementless… Read More