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Enjoy Anatole Art Collection

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The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, where the 26th Annual Meeting takes place, houses the largest collection of art and antiques in an American hotel. Attendees will see pieces throughout the hotel that once graced international palaces of kings, emperors and czars. The covers of this year’s Annual Meeting booklets feature photos of some of the most prominent pieces… Read More

AAHKS Signs On to HIT Comments

AAHKS joined the AAOS and other organizations in submitting a comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the ONC’s request for information regarding assessing interoperability for MACRA. “As surgical specialists, we have unique Health Information Technology (HIT) needs and respectfully offer some suggestions to improve interoperability to better… Read More

CJR Starts Today

CQ Roll Call cited a study released this week that found 60 percent of hospitals participating in Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, which begins today, could face penalties based on their cost performance. According to the study, “roughly 800 hospitals will be at risk for all Medicare spending associated with hip and knee replacements and… Read More

AAHKS Receives Accreditation from ACCME

ACCME certificate

This week, AAHKS received Provisional Accreditation as a CME provider from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). We will now accredit our own CME activities such as the Annual Meeting, the Spring Meeting, webinars and co-branded meetings. In the past, we relied on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other organizations to sponsor our… Read More

Cigna Responds to AAHKS Precertification Concerns

As previously reported, Cigna and eviCore have implemented a pre-certification process for total joint arthroplasty patients. AAHKS sent a letter to Cigna/eviCore and has met with them to discuss our concerns about the program and its implementation. Cigna/eviCore has responded to many of our concerns. You can read their comments here (integrated into our original letter). As a reminder,… Read More

Apply Now for the AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship

The application period for the 2016 AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship is open to AAHKS members who are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the policy-making process and in becoming effective advocates. The goal of this program is to provide Fellows with the requisite exposure, training and skills to advocate the health policy efforts of AAHKS while… Read More

AAHKS Comments on Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification

AAHKS and AAOS commented on the Joint Commission’s draft requirements for a proposed advanced certification program for total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. In a letter to Celeste Pierre, AAHKS and AAOS expressed support of the Joint Commission’s efforts to recognize and incentivize the highest quality of care and the goal of the proposed advanced certification program… Read More

Medical Organizations Collaborate on IPAB Repeal Letter

AAHKS joined a broad coalition of national medical organizations in a letter urging Congress to protect Medicare patient access to quality health care by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created as a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). IPAB, as created under PPACA, is a board comprised of Presidential appointees… Read More

SGR Repeal Included in New Medicare Law

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA permanently replaces Medicare’s sustainable growth rate system for physician payments and reforms Medicare physician payment policies to encourage efficient, high-quality care; extends for two years funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program; extends numerous other expiring health provisions… Read More