American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


Arthroplasty Today Call for Peer Reviewers

If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for AAHKS’ newest journal, Arthroplasty Today, please contact Taylor Bowen, Managing Editor, at With an emphasis on case reports, Arthroplasty Today brings together the clinical and scientific foundations for joint replacement of the hip and knee in an open-access, online format. Arthroplasty Today solicits manuscripts of… 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

First Arthroplasty Today Issue Published

Three case reports published to today complete the first official issue of the newest publication from AAHKS: – “Novel fixation method of a periprosthetic fracture of the acetabulum using burr holes through the retained cup for locking screw fixation” by James A. Browne, MD and David B. Weiss, MD – “Acute, recurrent total knee dislocation: Polyethylene dislocation… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Launched

First editorial

This week, the first articles were published to Arthroplasty Today. “I am thrilled to say that the first online, open-access arthroplasty journal is underway. I am certain that it will be useful for and well received by our membership,” said Brian J. McGrory, MD, Editor-in-Chief. Dr. McGrory’s introduction to the journal and the editorial “Why case reports matter”… Read More

JOA Editors Hold Strategic Planning Retreat

Under the leadership of The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) Editor-in Chief William J. Hozack, MD, the editorial team participated in a strategic planning retreat at the publisher’s offices in Philadelphia this week. Participants in the retreat included Assistant Editor-in-Chief John J. Callaghan, MD, Associate Editors Viktor E. Krebs, MD, J. “Bo” Mason, MD, Michael A. Mont, MD, Javad… 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