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AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule

AAHKS released a statement regarding the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1. CMS finalized their earlier proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list (IPO). This means that Medicare will now reimburse TKA procedures performed on an… Read More

Top AAHKS News Clicks for October 2017

The following AAHKS News items were the top clicks last month: We Need Your Input: CMS Field Testing Knee Arthroplasty Measure Annual Meeting Papers Posted AAOS Anchors Registry Initiative with AJRR Why Attend the Annual Meeting (Video)

2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting Presents the Future

With the first paper and first symposium of the General Session focusing on future technology in arthroplasty, the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting lived up to its reputation of cutting edge research and unrivaled presentations. From mobile patient engagement platforms to 3D printing to robotics to artificial intelligence and machine learning, topics in today’s program alone set a tone… Read More

“Meaningful Measures,” New CMS Initiative

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to quality measurement this week. “Meaningful Measures” will involve only assessing those core issues that are most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes. CMS released a statement that said it “aims to focus on outcome-based measures going forward as opposed to… Read More

Announcing the 2018 MOC Recon 65-Day Study Plan

MOC 2018 Recon

The 2018 MOC Recon 65-Day Study Plan by AAHKS, The Hip Society, The Knee Society, AAOS and OrthoBullets is now open for rolling registration. Emails start the day after you purchase the course. If you enroll by December 20, 2017, you will complete the study plan by March 1 for the 2018 exam window. Course Co-Chairs are Bryan D. Springer,… Read More

See You in Dallas!

Mike Bolognesi, MD

The 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting begins next Thursday, November 2 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas with a full schedule of industry-sponsored symposia that run through Friday morning. The general session of the AAHKS program begins at 2:55 p.m. on Friday and adjourns on Sunday at noon. Review the Final Program for all details. Registration Rates Increase Onsite… Read More

Paper Shows Opioid Use Down Post TJA

A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, “Multimodal Pain Management in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Trends Over the Last 10 Years,” showed that “in-hospital opioid use after hip and knee replacement surgeries decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014. According to MedicalXpress, researchers examined trends in multi-modal therapy and concluded that… Read More

This Week’s Featured Symposia

Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Change the Face of the Opioid Landscape One Patient at a Time with Multimodal Treatment Approach DePuy Synthes/Pacira Pharmaceuticals A moderated discussion on the clinical significance of the Postsurgical Infiltration of Long Lasting Analgesia in TKA Results (PILLAR) trial, a phase 4 multicenter randomized controlled study (16 centers, 139 patients). … Read More

AAOS Anchors Registry Initiative with AJRR

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries for a broad range of orthopaedic conditions and procedures. As part of this effort, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is integrating into the AAOS effective immediately. AJRR, the official registry of AAHKS, is a national hip and knee joint… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposed Rule

CMS has collected comments on the Proposed Rule CMS-5524-P: Medicare Program; Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model. This rule recommends, among other issues, to reduce the number of mandatory MSAs that are participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model… Read More