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New Patient Education: PRP Injections

Following the recent article on stem cell therapy added to the patient education library on www.AAHKS.org, another new article, “PRP for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee” has been added. The article was written and peer reviewed by the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations and Evidence-Based Medicine Committees. The article explains what conditions PRP is… Read More

Access Abstracts from the 2016 Annual Meeting

Abstracts from paper and symposium presentations are available on the AAHKS website in individual PDF files. There were 56 papers, eight symposia and three AAHKS Award papers presented. A link to the ePosters is also available where you can review the abstracts and view the e-version of the posters. WATCH NEXT WEEK’S NEWS: The call for the 2017… Read More

CMS to Award $100 Million to Small Practices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. CMS intends to invest up to an additional $80 million over… Read More

Study: Men Display Greater Cognitive Impairment Following Hip Fracture

MedPage Today reported on a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “Cognitive Differences between Men and Women who Fracture their Hip and Impact on Six-Month Survival.” Authors conducted a prospective study of hip fracture patients to determine the relationship between cognition and mortality after hip fracture and whether there was a difference between men… Read More

Joint Replacement Pioneer Dies at 82

Jorge O. Galante, MD died in his home on Sanibel Island in Florida on February 9, 2017. Dr. Galante was a founding member of AAHKS – joining when the association started in 1991. According to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune, Galante revolutionized the field by developing a porous metal fiber coating for prosthetic devises to allow natural… Read More

Spend an Extra Day in San Francisco!

Plan to attend the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, and take advantage of our great hotel rate to stay a day to enjoy the numerous festivals and events taking place in the city. For example, “Uncorked – the San Francisco Wine Festival” takes place on the waterfront on Saturday, May 6 in Ghirardelli Square featuring tastings… Read More

Cellphone Use in the OR

An article in the Orthopedic Medical Legal Advisor column of Orthopedics Today by AAHKS member, B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD and his partner Lawrence H. Brenner, JD examines the new sources of legal liability and related pitfalls that can be created when cellphones are used in the operating room. Full story.

AAHKS Influencing the AMA

As AAHKS continues to make great strides in membership growth, in order to best serve the arthroplasty subspecialty, we must continue to be represented in all facets of the house of medicine – including the AMA. Through our orthopaedic representation, we make the AMA a better organization. Currently AAHKS maintains our influence in the AMA through: A delegate and… Read More

Becker’s Publishes ACS Stats on Outpatient TJR

An article in Becker’s ASC Review lists 16 statistical points about outpatient total joint replacement. The article looks at the rise in outpatient procedures from 2012 to 2015 and projects the numbers into 2026. It also covers length of stay, hospital and Medicare costs, pain management and patient selection. Full story.

Analysis of BPCI Shows No Increase in Volume

The Altarum Institute published a study last week stating that BPCI did not lead to a statistically significant rise in volume of total joint replacement procedures at participating hospitals. Referencing a recent BPCI study published in JAMA, the study’s authors stated, “Our analysis of Medicare fee-for-service data from 2010 through 2015 by hospital, for all lower extremity joint… Read More

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