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Projected Costs of Medicare, Medicaid, and SGR Repeal Reduced

According to Kaiser Health News, late August estimates from the Congressional Budget Office show that Medicare and Medicaid will cost a combined $89 billion less over 10 years than the CBO previously projected. Medicare is expected to spend $49 billion less from 2015 to 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to be $40 billion less over the same… Read More

AAHKS President Discusses Quality Initiatives, Risk Adjustment

Dr. Parsley at desk

President Brian S. Parsley, MD participated in an AAOS Board strategic discussion on “The Future of AAOS Quality Initiatives” during the AAOS Board of Directors Meeting on September 5, 2014. The AAOS Board requested that Dr. Parsley review for them AAHKS quality initiatives, especially risk adjustment, stating “In your role as President of the American Association of Hip and… Read More

Virginia Mason Introduces Warranty for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington has announced that they now offer a surgical warranty for total joint replacement. The warranty is part of a bundled-service contract available to insurance companies and businesses. The warranty covers the full range of care — diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation — for an adult patient’s hip or knee replacement when all services… Read More

AAHKS Provides Comments on 2015 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

On behalf of AAHKS, President Brian S. Parsley, MD, submitted comments to CMS on the Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2015. Dr. Parsley urged no further reductions in fees for arthroplasty and that CMS proceed carefully in adopting any future expansion of the Value-Based Payment Modifier program for 2017. He expressed AAHKS support for continuing the 90-day global… Read More

New Appointment for Gennaro Pipino, MD

AAHKS member, Gennaro Pipino, MD of Bologna, Italy, has been appointed to Director of the University Education Centre, Clinical Unit, and Scientific Research in Orthopaedics at Universita’ in Lugano, Switzerland. Dr. Pipino is the chief and full professor of the Orthopedic Department and has been with the university for 10 years.

Walk Strong Team on a Mission in Mexico

Walk Strong team

The Board and support team of the Walk Strong Foundation is on its fifth trip to Veracruz, Mexico, and will be making making two trips a year for the next 5 1/2 years. AAHKS members Michael Christie, MD, David DeBoer, MD, Jeff Hodrick, MD and Craig Morrison, MD provide hip and knee replacements for impoverished patients, training for orthopaedic residents… Read More

B. Sonny Bal, MD Appointed Amedica Chairman

CNN reported this week that Amedica Corporation board of directors elected AAHKS member, B. Sonny Bal, MD as its new chairman of the board of directors. Dr. Bal is a member of the Health Policy Committee. Full story.

Exhibit Your Photos at AAHKS Headquarters

Later this year, AAHKS will be moving along with the AAOS into the newly-constructed Orthopaedics Headquarters Building in Rosemont, Illinois. We would like to display original photographs that our members have taken. Please submit up to five original photos that you have taken at work, in your personal life, your travels or your local community. We will select… Read More