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This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: Surgical Techniques and Instrumentation

The following industry symposium takes place at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018 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 ExprtTM philosophy is to minimize excessive instrumentation… Read More

Discussing Health Policy in DC This Week

CMMI, AAHKS and AAOS

AAHKS Health Policy Chair James “Hutch” I. Huddleston, MD and AAOS First Vice President Kristy L. Weber, MD met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Adam Boehler this week to introduce the societies to the new director as well as to discuss the consequences of recent policies on hip and knee patient care. Dr.… Read More

Live Webcast July 20 of Rosemont Hip Course

If you are unable to attend the AAOS/AAHKS/The Hip Society course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill. next week, you can view the live webcast instead. Meeting the Challenges of Total Hip Arthroplasty takes place on Friday, July 20 from 12:10 – 1:25 p.m. (CDT). Through a live surgical demo, you’ll observe a hands-on demonstration of… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Inequity in Bundled Care

Bundled care programs seek to address the ratio of outcomes to cost, but they do not take into consideration patients’ preexisting medical conditions and social factors according to the Forbes magazine article, “How Bundling Care Hurts The Patients Who Need It The Most.“ Author Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, MBA, an AAHKS member, questions the equity of such programs,… Read More

Get Your Run/Walk in at AAHKS 2018

The popular Orthos on the Move 5K Fun Run & 1-Mile Walk will return for a third year to the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting in Dallas. The event takes place on the Trinity Strand Trail adjacent to the Hilton Anatole on Saturday morning before the General Session. Winners in various categories will be awarded for best times. You… Read More

This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: TKA Technology

The following industry symposium takes place at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Computer Assisted Anatomic Tibia First, Balanced Femur TKA BrainLab Mark Clatworthy, MD will educate attendees on a Computer Assisted Anatomic Tibia First, Balanced Femur approach to total knee arthroplasty. The focus will be on an emerging technique in total… Read More

Dr. Froimson and Dr. Jiranek Chair AAHKS Business Course

Co-Chairs, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA and William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS announce the preliminary agenda for “The Business of Total Joint Replacement: Surviving and Thriving.” Taking place on Friday, November 2 at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting, this course is beneficial for administrators in all settings, payors and surgeons at every level of practice. Topics include keeping… Read More

Geisinger THR Warranty Based on Orthopaedic Protocols

A pilot program launched earlier this year by the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania pledges to cover costs of follow-up care for total hip replacement patients for the rest of their lives. The AMA Wire published an interview with Michael Suk, MD, chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute and department of orthopaedic surgery this week. The article points… Read More

Patients Worry about Metal Detectors when Traveling

One of the top articles read this summer on the AAHKS patient education website is, “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?” This is a common concern of patients who have had hip or knee replacement surgery. The article provides information that it is likely the metal in the implant will be detected, and that… Read More

This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: Wound Management

The following symposium takes place at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Improving Patient Outcomes with Orthopedic Wound Management Solutions DePuy Synthes (Ethicon-Johnson & Johnson) This course will focus on real world evidence for use of STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices and DERMABOND PRINEO™ Skin Closure System. Importance of Wound… Read More

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