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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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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

OrthoCarolina to Bundle Hip, Knee Replacement Costs

OrthoCarolina or Charlotte, NC is the latest physician group to announce its plan for a hip and knee bundled payment program. The Charlotte Observer reports that the plan is in place for patients at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and Watuga Medical Center in Boone. Partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, OrthoCarolina… Read More

CMS Releases Data on Open Payments Website

On September 30, 2014, CMS released Open Payments data to the public on a newly designed website www.cms.gov/openpayments. As part of the Physician Sunshine Act, CMS is required to collect information from manufacturers and GPOs in order to report information about their financial relationships with physicians and hospitals. Physicians can register on the Enterprise Portal in order to… Read More

AAHKS Executive Director Marks 1-Year Anniversary

Executive Director Michael J. Zarski, JD marked his first anniversary as AAHKS Executive Director on October 1, 2014. “I remain extremely appreciative of the opportunity to manage this outstanding organization,” said Zarski. By all measures, it has been a smooth transition from former Executive Director Bob Hall: membership continues to grow, this year’s Annual Meeting is on track… Read More

SwiftPath™ Appoints New CIO

AAHKS member and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Ira H. Kirschenbaum, MD, has been appointed Chief Information Officer of the SwiftPath joint replacement program. He is responsible for strategy and deployment of cloud-based solutions for SwiftPath – a service organization that develops protocols, strategies, and programs focused on outpatient hip and knee replacement. SwiftPath… Read More

USA Today Features Hip and Knee Replacements for Baby Boomers

This week USA Today featured an article about increasing numbers of Baby Boomers receiving hip and knee replacements. They followed Trenton, Michigan’s mayor Kyle Stack in her recovery period following hip replacement surgery. The article covers quicker recovery times and the active lifestyles that patients return to after surgery. AAHKS member, James P. Eberhardt, DO was also interviewed… Read More

AAHKS Funds Infection Research

In response to a request by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the AAHKS Board approved a contribution of $160,000 to fund research into periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). PJI was identified as a research priority by OREF with input from many stakeholders, as they developed a broad-based agenda in hip and knee arthroplasty. It is a serious… Read More