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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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‘In the News’

What Patients are Reading: Inequity in Bundled Care

Bundled care programs seek to address the ratio of outcomes to cost, but they do not take into consideration patients’ preexisting medical conditions and social factors according to the Forbes magazine article, “How Bundling Care Hurts The Patients Who Need It The Most.“ Author Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, MBA, an AAHKS member, questions the equity of such programs,… Read More

Geisinger THR Warranty Based on Orthopaedic Protocols

A pilot program launched earlier this year by the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania pledges to cover costs of follow-up care for total hip replacement patients for the rest of their lives. The AMA Wire published an interview with Michael Suk, MD, chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute and department of orthopaedic surgery this week. The article points… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Knee and Hip Replacements are Common, But They’re Not Always Fully Successful

The Washington Post published an article this week written by Consumer Reports discussing the benefits and potential downsides of joint replacement and outlining realistic post-surgical expectations including quotes from AAHKS member surgeons. “More than half of all older adults in the United States have arthritis. Most often it’s osteoarthritis (OA), where the cartilage between joints wears down, causing… Read More

Dr. Rothman Retires, Carries On

This week, Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, retired from surgery at his namesake Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Rothman was AAHKS President from 1998-1999. At 81 years old, he decided to leave the practice of surgery while still “at his peak” and to focus on other endeavors such as pre-operative and post-operative patient care, mentoring, teaching and various… Read More

Dr. Parvizi Talks Candidly about TJA Developments

In an interview this week with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, AAHKS Research Committee Chair, shares his thoughts about new developments in the field of hip and knee total joint arthroplasty. “One is genomics. We are individualizing care. In the old days, we would do the same thing for everyone. But we have come to realize… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Intimacy after TJA

U.S. News & World Report published an article this week on resuming sexual activity after total joint replacement surgery. Surgeons (AAHKS members) interviewed for the article talk about timing, restrictions based on hip approaches and how the subject is difficult for patients to broach with their surgeons. “Recovery is a process, from surgical wound site healing in the… Read More

Orthopaedic Surgeon Runs for US Congress

State Representative, Julio Gonzalez, MD of Venice, Fla. has announced that he is running for U.S. Congress. If elected, he would be the second orthopaedic surgeon serving in Washington, D.C. Currently, John Barrasso, MD serves as a U.S. Senator from Wyoming. Dr. Gonzalez is a Miami native who served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Naval Reserves.… Read More

Military Health System to Examine Surgical Preparedness

The U.S. Defense Health Board has started a review of policies for complex surgical procedures, including total hip replacement and total knee replacement, performed at military hospitals in the United States and abroad. After a report by US News & World Report this week that examined volume data and found complex surgeries are performed in small numbers. “Extensive… Read More

Data Shows Declining Opioid Prescriptions

New data from IQVIA Institute for Data Science, a health information company, shows a continued decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed last year. CNBC reported that “the number of prescriptions accelerated its decline in 2017, with an even faster drop for high doses.” In a statement released this week, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, chair of the AMA Opioid… Read More

Orthopaedists Would Do It All Again

Medscape has released its Physician Compensation Report 2018 that breaks out survey responses of over 20,000 physicians in 29 specialties. According to the report, “The average overall physician salary – including primary care and specialties – is $299,000.” One of the survey questions asked specialists if they would “choose the same specialty” if they had a choice to… Read More