American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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‘Federal Guidelines’

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 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

Humanitarianism Task Force Appointed

AAHKS President Brian S. Parsley, MD appointed members to a new task force on Humanitarianism and Medical Mission Involvement. Past President William J. Robb III, MD has agreed to be the chair. The task force, which reflects a strong passion of Dr. Parsley, has three goals: 1. To establish a Humanitarian Award to recognize AAHKS members who have distinguished… Read More

In Memoriam: Fredrick F. Jaffe, MD

We were saddened to learn of the death of long-time AAHKS member Fredrick F. Jaffe, MD on April 16, 2014. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Dr. Jaffe’s spouse, Deborah Moody, MD, his family, friends and colleagues.

News Format Changes

Our delivery of important news moves forward with a new format. Items formerly included in the “Friday Report” and the monthly “News You Can Use” will now be posted on an ongoing basis to the AAHKS News page on our website (available in the Quick Links menu on the homepage). Once a week, the items posted over the… Read More

AAHKS Provides Input on Custom Devices

AAHKS, along with The Hip Society and The Knee Society, provided comments to the FDA on the Agency’s “Custom Device Exemption Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” Our comments suggested modifications to the draft guidelines that would improve its clarity and consistency.