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Zimmer Moves Up to Gold Corporate Partner

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, Zimmer, is recognized as a Gold Corporate Partner due to their increase in their overall support of the Annual Meeting. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we… Read More

CEO of aethenahealth, Inc. to Give Keynote Speech

Jon Bush

This year’s keynote speaker for the 24th AAHKS Annual Meeting will be Jonathan Bush, CEO and President of aethenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry’s fastest growing companies.  In his first… Read More

JBJS Features Prehabilitation Study

The October 1st issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery features a study of physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, and found that “prehabilitation” can diminish the need for postoperative care and save on costs. OrthoSpineNews from the AAOS reported on this study of 4,733 THR and TKR patients, and said, “Approximately 77 percent of patients… Read More

Dr. Greg Brown Joins Olympia Orthopaedics Associates

On October 6, AAHKS member, Gregory A. Brown, MD joined Olympia Orthopaedics Associates in Olympia, Washington. In addition to working in the surgical team, he will be applying his expertise in evaluating patient reported outcomes in an effort to improve quality of care. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology… Read More

Smith&Nephew Joins AAHKS as Silver Corporate Sponsor

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, Smith&Nephew, is recognized as a Silver Corporate Partner. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we face together. Smith & Nephew is committed to helping people regain their… Read More

AMA Creates Ebola Resource Center

In an effort to provide facts and references regarding ebola, the American Medical Association (AMA) has created an online resource center for physicians and patients. In the center, the AMA provides a JAMA Patient Page on the subject that clearly states ebola cannot be contracted through air, water or food, and that ebola “poses no significant risk to… Read More

Record Number of Hospitals Penalized for Readmissions – Hip and Knee Procedures Blamed is reporting that a record 2,610 hospitals in the United States will receive lower reimbursement levels in the next year because of the number of patients readmitted 30 days after treatment. The number increased by 433 because CMS added of a number of new categories including hip and knee replacements. Munson Medical Center in Michigan was hit with this penalty for… Read More

Toronto Orthopedics Department Receives $10 Million Donation

David Backstein, MD, AAHKS member and head of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was featured in an article in The Toronto Star after his department received a generous $10 million donation. Dr. Backstein said that the donation will help improve access for patients needing hip and knee replacements. The Toronto philanthropists, Ira Gluskin… Read More

Mortality After Hip and Knee Replacements Halved in UK

London online blog OnMedica published statistics from the National Joint Registry of England, Wales and Northern Ireland that show mortality rates have halved in the UK. Louise Newson reports that “90 day mortality rates after hip replacement fell from 0.56% in 2003 to 0.29% in 2011 and that 45 day mortality rates after knee replacement fell from 0.37%… Read More

Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute Receives ISO Quality Certification

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (CJRI) in Hartford, Conn. is now certified as an ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management Systems compliant organization. CJRI is the only healthcare facility in Connecticut with this certification, and one of only 80 healthcare providers nationwide. DNV-GL, which holds CMS Deeming Authority, awarded the certification. “We already… Read More