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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Advocacy’

Vote for AAHKS on AMA Representation Ballot

The AMA has an opportunity for AAHKS members to help shape health care policy and the positions of the AMA. Don’t let your voice and the voice of your specialty go unheard. AMA members are eligible to vote for the national medical specialty society that best represents them  in the AMA House of Delegates (HoD). Every physician member… Read More

This Week’s Featured Health Policy Fellow: Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA

Dr. McLawhorn

Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA is currently completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. He will complete a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement next year at HSS. Dr. McLawhorn has interests in health care delivery and economics, and he earned degrees in medicine and business at Columbia University. During… Read More

Jamie Gregorian Departs AAOS

Jamie A. Gregorian, JD, Senior Manager of Specialty Society Affairs in the AAOS Office of Government Relations has left the AAOS to take on a new opportunity as Director of Federal Relations with a biotechnology industry organization.  Jamie authored the monthly Washington Update on the AAHKS website. We will miss Jamie and wish him well. AAOS has announced… Read More

Health Policy Fellows Chosen for 2015

Dr. Sassoon

The AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship provides young, future leaders with an opportunity to get involved in the policy-making process where they learn to become effective advocates. AAHKS is pleased to announce the following physicians chosen as this year’s fellows: P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA and Adam Sassoon, MD. This week’s featured Health Policy Fellow:… Read More

Congress Adjourns, No Movement on SGR Reform

Last week AAHKS members sent 415 letters to Congress via the AAHKS website. As of this post, the 113th Congress adjourned without taking action on critical Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform legislation. Physicians are facing a 21.2% Medicare rate reduction on April 1, 2015 if Congress does not act. The medical community is united in the view… Read More

Executive Director Meets with Senator

Mike Zarski and senator

AAHKS Executive Director Mike Zarski, along with AAOS Executive Director Karen Hackett, met with U.S. Senator John Barrasso, MD (R-WY) on Wednesday. Senator Barrasso, an orthopaedic surgeon, was passing through Chicago as he campaigned for a number of Senate candidates across the country. Over lunch, the discussion focused on likely election outcomes and how they would affect the… Read More

Risk Adjustment Advisory Opinion Approved

Last week during the AAOS’ NOLC meeting in Washington, DC, the BOC/BOS Resolutions Committee, Brian S. Parsley, MD, and AAHKS members reviewed and edited the “Public Performance Measures for Orthopaedic Surgeon” advisory opinion. The following day, this resolution was approved: A. Resolved, that the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will work with the US Centers for Medicare… Read More

AAHKS Members Attend RUC Meeting

On April 24, William Macaulay, MD, Health Policy Committee Vice Chair and Stephen Duncan, MD, Health Policy Fellow, attended the RAW (Relative Activity Workgroup) at the AMA RUC meeting in Chicago to discuss the hip revision code 27134. AAHKS member and AAOS RUC alternate representative, John Heiner, MD, presented an action plan to the workgroup. The workgroup concluded that… Read More

Episode-based Payment Models Submitted

Krista Stewart, Membership & Advocacy Coordinator, submitted AAHKS comments to CMS on Episode-Based Payment Models for Outpatient Specialty Practitioner Services. The comments included details on the total knee quality measures which AAHKS developed.