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We Need Your Input! CMS Field Testing Knee Arthroplasty Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, will be conducting field testing for eight episode-based cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). These measures, which were developed with input from AAHKS and AAOS,… Read More

“Ask the Experts” at AAHKS 2017

A panel of leading hip and knee surgeons will conduct the “Ask the Experts” Case Sessions at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting. As one of the most popular events held during the Annual Meeting, these sessions facilitate peer-to-peer discussion centered around cases suggested by attendees. Be sure to bring along your case materials on a thumb drive, and… Read More

AAHKS Participates in Co-Branded Conference

AAHKS members attending UAOT in Ukraine

Last week, AAHKS participated in a Co-Branded Meetings with the Ukrainian Association of Orthopaedists and Traumatologists (UAOT). UAOT hosted Stefano A. Bini, MD, Brett R. Levine, MD, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc at their conference, “Current Issues of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty” in Kharkiv, Ukraine. AAHKS Past President, Brian S. Parsley, MD, is leading the AAHKS delegation… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposium: Live Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

The following industry symposium takes place on Friday, November 3, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cementless Mako Total Knee with Triathlon Tritanium:  Live Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Stryker This symposium will feature a live surgical demonstration of a Mako Total Knee procedure, now with the cementless Triathlon Tritanium Knee System, and interactive dialogue with surgeon faculty. The cementless… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Penicillin Allergy and Post-Op Infection

US News & World Report covered a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, “The Impact of a Reported Penicillin Allergy on Surgical Site Infection Risk.” The study concluded that patients who reported a penicillin allergy and received alternative perioperative antibiotics had a 50% increase of a surgical site infection. Records examined in the study included patients who… Read More

2017 AAHKS Awards Announced

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has announced three outstanding papers that will be presented with the AAHKS Awards at the Annual Meeting: The James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award Battling the Opioid Epidemic with Prospective Pain Threshold Measurement Brian T. Nickel, MD, Durham, North Carolina Co-Authors: Mitchell R. Klement, MD, William A. Byrd, MD, David E. Attarian, MD,… Read More

Collaborate in FARE-Funded Perioperative Antibiotic Study

The 2017 Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant recipient, Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD of Duke University, is conducting a prospective, randomized study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty.” This study is aiming to establish level I evidence for single-dose versus 24-hour antibiotic prophylaxis in primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and is… Read More

CMS Announces Qualifying APM Participant Determinations

Based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced qualifying APM participant (QP) determinations. Physicians can look up their QP status based on calculations from claims with dates of service between January and March of this year for the first QP snapshot. Full details.

Top AAHKS News Clicks for September 2017

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked last month: Annual Meeting Papers Posted AAHKS Submits Recommendations to House Preliminary Agenda Available for Team Course Staying Afloat, Bundles, Outpatient TJR – Trend or Fad? What Patients are Reading: Pro Wrestler Mick Foley has Second TJA

This Week’s Featured Symposium: Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty

The following industry symposium takes place on Friday, November 3, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing the Gap on Patient Satisfaction: Hand-Held Robotic Assisted Knee Solutions Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics This symposium will feature a global reveal of the first ever Bi-Cruciate Retaining (BCR – JOURNEY II XR) Robotic Procedure for Total Knee surgery through an interactive… Read More

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