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Call for Nominations to AAHKS Board Positions

The AAHKS Nominating Committee has put out a call for nominations to the following positions: Third Vice President (1) Member-at-Large (2) All nominations must hold Fellow membership status with AAHKS. Nominate yourself by Friday, August 24, 2018 by emailing a statement of interest and attaching a CV to If you are nominating a colleague, please send the name,… Read More

Download the ONN Implant Pricing Guide 2018

The “2018 Hip and Knee Implant Review” published by Orthopedic Network News (ONN) is now available for downloading. Click here to log in to AAHKS. The issue also features: Top 10 Hip and Knee Hospitals Hospital Resources and Implant Cost Management OrthoTrends Q1/2009 – Q1/2018 AAHKS makes this issue available to members as a benefit of AAHKS membership. Members must not share… Read More

Taking Opioids Prior to TJA Increases Readmission Risk

Patients who take prescription opioids for more than 60 days before total knee or hip replacement surgery are at significantly higher risk of being readmitted to the hospital and of undergoing repeat joint-replacement surgery, compared to patients with no preoperative opioid use, reports a study in the July 18 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.… Read More

AAHKS Represented at Latin American Meeting

ELCC 2018

AAHKS First Vice President, Michael P. Bolognesi, MD, The Knee Society Third Vice President, Robert T. Trousdale, MD and AAHKS International Committee Chair, Rafael J. Sierra, MD attending the Latin American Meeting of Hip and Knee Surgeons (ELCCR) orthopaedic conference in Cartagena, Colombia last week. The conference was hosted by the Colombian Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology… Read More

AMA Urges DOJ to Challenge CVS-Aetna Merger

The American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed acquisition of Aetna, Inc. by CVS Health Corporation, and shared with federal regulators an exhaustive AMA analysis indicating the proposed merger would likely substantially diminish competition in many health care markets to the detriment of patients. The 29-page analysis compiled by the AMA noted… Read More

This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: Outpatient TJA

The following industry symposium takes place at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Transitioning to Same-Day Surgery: Outpatient Total Joints Medtronic The intent of this program is to provide the rationale for and discuss the innovative methods used to perform outpatient total joint procedures. Course faculty will share their experiences transitioning… Read More

Symposia Announced for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting

2018 Symposia Announced

The AAHKS Program Committee has wrapped up selection of the symposia for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting in Dallas. The following symposia will be presented in the General Session from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas: The Comprehensive Management of the Bariatric Patient: Perspectives from Bariatric and Orthopedic Surgeons Outpatient Joint… Read More

AAHKS Back in Washington Discussing E/M Codes

AAHKS Advocacy Committee member, Eric A. Levicoff, MD met with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Eric D. Hargan and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Principal Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas on Friday to offer reaction to proposed changes to E/M coding under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Dr. Levicoff… Read More

Dr. Parvizi, Dr. Gehrke Conclude PJI Consensus Meeting

The Second International Consensus Meeting on Prosthetic Joint Infection concluded in Philadelphia last week after reaching consensus on hundreds of questions debated by delegates from more than 80 countries. Co-chairs Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, AAHKS Research Committee Chair, and Thorsten Gehrke, MD, brought together experts in nine fields of joint replacement including hip and knee. “After the reviewers… Read More

This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: Hot Topics and Technology in Orthopaedics

The following industry symposium takes place at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 2 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Breaking Down the Buzz DJO Surgical Breaking down the hottest topics and technologies in orthopaedics, this session will describe surgical techniques and instrumentation to optimize efficiency and patient outcomes. The DJO Exprt™ philosophy is to minimize excessive instrumentation while… Read More