American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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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

“Getting a Good Night’s Sleep” Popular on AAHKS Patient Website

Since the launch of the new AAHKS website for patient education, the article “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep after Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery” is the most visited following the overview articles on hip and knee replacement surgery. Written and peer-reviewed by the AAHKS Patient Education Committee, the article suggests that when it’s difficult to sleep, “you should… Read More

Former UK Tennis Pro Recalls TJR

Professional tennis player, Jo Durie, formerly ranked number one in Britain and now retired tells the story of her battle with joint pain during her career and of her knee and hip replacement surgeries. The Telegraph interviewed Durie following a social media post by another former number one UK tennis pro, Andy Murray, who recently underwent hip arthroscopy… Read More

CMS Announces New “BPCI Advanced” Episode Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), a new voluntary episode payment model that will test a new iteration of bundled payments for 32 Clinical Episodes (29 inpatient and 3 outpatient), including major joint replacement of the lower extremity. CMS has indicated that BPCI Advanced will qualify as… Read More

Faculty Announced for AAHKS Spring Meeting

Members can register now for the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting which takes place May 4-5, 2018 in Miami. Past attendees have remarked about the value of discussing cases in small-group breakouts with expert faculty and peers. Here is the roster of this year’s faculty: Matthew P. Abdel, MD Matthew S. Austin, MD C. Lowry Barnes, MD William P.… Read More

DOCSF Bridges Digital Health and Orthopaedics

At the Digital Orthopaedics Conference (DOCSF) hosted by the University of California at San Francisco last weekend, leaders in technology came together with innovators in orthopaedics to pursue the adoption of technology in musculoskeletal care. “We believe that embedding digital technologies in a narrow, integrated vertical is more likely to affect change than targeting one fifth of the… Read More

Norwegian Study Investigates Metabolic Syndrome

A study published this month in Clinical Epidemiology, “Metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for total hip or knee replacement due to primary osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study,” used data from the HUNT2 Study and the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register to conclude that “neither metabolic syndrome nor its components were associated with increased risk of THR or TKR due… Read More

Subscribe to Registry Educational Blog

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is now offering a free educational blog on its website with articles that will include: News alerts Quick tips Actionable checklists Best practices Research findings on quality initiatives and other relevant issues in the orthopaedic field The first article, “Starting a Goal-Driven Patient-Reported Outcomes Program: 5 Steps to Launch” is available on… Read More

Specialty Day Programs Set for March

AAHKS, The Hip Society and The Knee Society will present “Specialty Day” programs on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in New Orleans. Scheduled after the conclusion of the AAOS Annual Meeting, the hip and knee programs are held concurrently in adjacent rooms at the Morial Convention Center. There will be a combined session in the Hip room moderated by… Read More