American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


AAHKS Issues Position Statement on CDC Antibiotics Guideline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their 2017 Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, which recommends against the use of post-operative prophylactic antibiotics – including patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty (TJA). At this time, we do not agree with this recommendation vis a vis TJA in that it contradicts current international standards of… Read More

“Chick” Yates Receives AAHKS Presidential Award

Chick Yates and Mark Froimson

Adolph “Chick” J. Yates, Jr., MD received the 2017 AAHKS Presidential Award for his outstanding service to AAHKS on Saturday, November 4, 2017 during the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting. AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, cited Dr. Yates’ tireless, behind-the-scenes work for AAHKS in the quality, performance measures and advocacy arenas that earned him the award. He… Read More

Application Period to Open for AAHKS Committees

If you have wanted to get more involved with AAHKS, the opportunity to serve on one of the many committees is a great way to not only benefit the organization but also to network with peers. The application period will open on Monday, November 20 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017. A statement of… Read More

AAHKS Resource Center on Orthopedics Today

Video interviews and articles covering the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting are available on the Orthopedics Today website. One of the highlight videos is of AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA discussing the cutting-edge research presented, new CMS rules, digital health, robotics, assistive technologies, trends in joint replacement, the Industry Leadership Forum, patient education and young members… Read More

MACRA Field Testing Deadline Extended

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Acumen, LLC have extended the deadline to provide feedback on MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures field testing. The new deadline (12:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 20, 2017) will allow more time to review and provide feedback on confidential field test reports and supplemental documentation, including the mock report and… Read More

2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting Adjourns

A record number of attendees participated in the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting in Dallas last week. The meeting kicked off with industry symposia covering hot topics in hip and knee arthroplasty. Three special courses reached out to residents, team members and hospital professionals. The General Session got underway with an address by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, MD who… Read More

FARE Grant Awarded at Annual Meeting

FARE Dr. Shohat

AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA announced at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting that Noam Shohat, MD of the Rothman Institute is the recipient of the second Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant. His study, “Fructosamine as a Predictor of Surgical Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty,” was selected for the FARE funding in a blinded… Read More

Registration Opens for 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting

Limited in size to 200 attendees, the AAHKS Spring Meeting features small, case-based breakout sessions where hip and knee surgeons discuss cases and best practices. The meeting takes place May 4-5, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami. Objectives Analyze total hip and knee arthroplasty cases Investigate the patterns contributing to effective total hip and knee arthroplasty and… Read More

AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule

AAHKS released a statement regarding the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1. CMS finalized their earlier proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list (IPO). This means that Medicare will now reimburse TKA procedures performed on an… Read More

Top AAHKS News Clicks for October 2017

The following AAHKS News items were the top clicks last month: We Need Your Input: CMS Field Testing Knee Arthroplasty Measure Annual Meeting Papers Posted AAOS Anchors Registry Initiative with AJRR Why Attend the Annual Meeting (Video)