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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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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

Senate Returns Tuesday, Immediate Action Required

The United States Senate returns to session on Tuesday, April 14 after a two-week recess. The House of Representatives had passed legislation to repeal the SGR; however, the Senate failed to act before leaving on their break. The SGR patch expired on April 1, and a 21% cut to Medicare payments was enacted. According to the BOS Washington… Read More

Weight Loss Surgery Research Presented at AAOS

ScienceDaily reported on bariatric surgery research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons last week. Lead investigator, Emily Dodwell, MD, and study author and AAHKS member, Alexander McLawhorn, MD, looked at the costs and benefits of weight loss surgery prior to hip or knee replacement. They summarized that bariatric surgery and subsequent weight… Read More

New Cases Posted to DocSpera

After an initiative that Immediate Past President Thomas K. Fehring, MD kicked off this week, new cases have been posted to the AAHKS Case Sharing Network at www.DocSpera.com. Dr. Fehring has lined up more than sixty volunteer leaders in hip and knee arthroplasty to serve as weekly reviewers of new cases posted to the portal. Log in to… Read More

CEO of aethenahealth, Inc. to Give Keynote Speech

Jon Bush

This year’s keynote speaker for the 24th AAHKS Annual Meeting will be Jonathan Bush, CEO and President of aethenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry’s fastest growing companies.  In his first… Read More