American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Senate Confirms New HHS Head

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to The Hill, Azar served previously under George W. Bush as HHS general counsel and also as deputy secretary. Most recently, Azar held the president position at pharmaceutical company, Lilly USA. Full story.

AAHKS to Host International Scholar

In partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AAHKS will host Dr. Vincent Ativor from Kumasi, Ghana at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November. Dr. Ativor is the recipient of the 2018 AAOS International Emerging Leaders scholarship award. Through his attendance at our meeting, Dr. Ativor will take what he learns back to his trainees… Read More

Preliminary Program for AAHKS Spring Meeting Now Online

The preliminary program and faculty roster for the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting is now posted on the AAHKS website. There will be six symposia lead by moderators and panelists followed by breakout sessions in small groups where attendees interact in active case discussions with faculty. Breakout sessions cover topics in primary and revision THR and TKR, non-arthroplasty hip,… Read More

MoM Research Shows Revisions Increasing

Researchers using data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man studied five-year revision rates for patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty after 2007. They compared data with that of patient who had surgery prior to 2007. According to the NJR, “the rate of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant patients undergoing… Read More

Is Your Clinical Team Part of Ours?

Clinical affiliate members of AAHKS indicated in a recent survey that top benefits of their membership are enhancing professional development, improving patient care, getting updates on the latest research and discounts for educational opportunities. One of the AAHKS core values is inclusivity, and by extending our expertise to total joint arthroplasty team members, we are moving forward our… Read More


AAHKS was represented at last week’s American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) meeting in order to monitor issues related payment valuation. The RUC is the AMA body that describes the resources and time required to provide physician services in developing RVUs and makes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The RUC… Read More

“Getting a Good Night’s Sleep” Popular on AAHKS Patient Website

Since the launch of the new AAHKS website for patient education, the article “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep after Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery” is the most visited following the overview articles on hip and knee replacement surgery. Written and peer-reviewed by the AAHKS Patient Education Committee, the article suggests that when it’s difficult to sleep, “you should… Read More

Former UK Tennis Pro Recalls TJR

Professional tennis player, Jo Durie, formerly ranked number one in Britain and now retired tells the story of her battle with joint pain during her career and of her knee and hip replacement surgeries. The Telegraph interviewed Durie following a social media post by another former number one UK tennis pro, Andy Murray, who recently underwent hip arthroscopy… Read More

CMS Announces New “BPCI Advanced” Episode Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), a new voluntary episode payment model that will test a new iteration of bundled payments for 32 Clinical Episodes (29 inpatient and 3 outpatient), including major joint replacement of the lower extremity. CMS has indicated that BPCI Advanced will qualify as… Read More