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Last Weekend to Submit for Annual Meeting

Abstract, Symposium and Video proposals for the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting are due at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The AAHKS Program Committee is looking for unpublished research study abstracts to be considered for either podium or poster presentations. Symposium topics should be cutting edge, controversial, or innovative and interactive in presentation. Proposals for surgical technique… Read More

Participate in the AAHKS Research Consortium

The AAHKS Research Committee plans to convene a consortium of centers that have interest in conducting research related to hip and knee arthroplasty. Centers that participate in the AAHKS Research Consortium (AAHKS-RC) will be part of multi-center studies that may be funded through the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education or other sources. If you would like your… Read More

AMA Regulatory Relief Activities

The American Medical Association (AMA) has convened workgroups on Quality Payment Programs and on regulatory relief – both topics with which AAHKS is also involved. AMA has made recommendations on issues such as physician-focused Advanced Payment Models (APM), increased APM opportunities for physicians, giving specialty societies more of a say in the importance of relevant measures, revision of… Read More

Study Published on TJR Cost Effectiveness

Researchers published a study in Central Musculoskeletal Disorders concluding that “THA and TKA are cost-effective and should be recommended for the management of patients with end stage/severe knee and hip OA.” Orthopedics Today breaks down the research in four key points of the most cost-effective measures: 1) surgery without delay, 2) high-volume hospitals, 3) THA vs. non-operative strategies,… Read More

AJRR Takes Home Best Poster Award

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) was given the award for “Best Poster Presentation” at the 6th International Congress of Arthroplasty Registries, the annual meeting of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries (ISAR). The poster, “Infection burden in total hip and knee arthroplasty: an international registry based perspective,” featured research from the article by the same title that… Read More

CMS Finalized Delay of EPMs

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially finalized its plan to delay the start of a bundled payment initiative for episode payment models (EPMs) from October 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018 following a previous three-month delay. Under the EPM initiative, acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will be… Read More

Make Our Voice Heard in the AMA

Hip and knee surgery is a small subspecialty, but the AMA is the country’s largest and most visible physician society. Because we help guide the AMA’s direction through a seat in the AMA HOD, the CPT and RUC, the AMA amplifies our voice at both federal and state levels. Hip and knee surgeons cannot afford to be sidelined… Read More

Faith in Practice Call for Volunteers

AAHKS Past President Brian S. Parsley, MD shared a call for volunteers for a medical mission to Guatemala with Faith in Practice. The trip takes place next week, and they are in need of an anesthesiologist and an RN circulator. If you know of colleagues who are interested, have them contact mhenry@faithinpractice.org or call 713-484-5555.

AJRR Introductory Webinar

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) hosts free, 30-minute introductory webinars that give an overview of AJRR and demonstration of the new dashboards. The next webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT). If your institution resides in one of the CJR metropolitan statistical areas, this webinar should be of special interest to you! The… Read More

FARE Grant Award Recipient Announced

AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA announced at the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting that Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD of Duke University is the recipient of the first Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant. His study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty,” was selected for the FARE Funding by the AAHKS… Read More

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