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When Will Patients Receive New Medicare Cards?

CMS announced that they will soon begin mailing new Medicare cards that replace Social Security numbers with unique Medicare Numbers. The first wave of new cards will begin arriving in April. CMS will continue the mailings be geographic region through June. CMS provides a guide to the timing of the mailings here, and patients will be able to… Read More

USBJI Releases New BMUS Chapters

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) announced advance publication of the Fourth Edition of “The Big Picture and Economic Cost” chapters in The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS). A new chapter on Neuromuscular Diseases is also being released at this time as part of the upcoming Fourth Edition in which chapters will… Read More

Top AAHKS News for January 2018

The following articles were the most clicked last month: What Patients are Reading: What You Must Know About Joint Replacement CMS Announces New BPCI Advanced Episode Payment Model Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Popular on AAHKS Website AAHKS Interprets Two-Midnight Rule for TKA Read AAHKS news archives at

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