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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘In the News’

Head of Medicare and Medicaid Steps Down

The New York Times reported today that Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has resigned. Ms. Tavenner began her position in February 2010 and will serve through February of this year.  CMS has announced that Andrew M. Slavitt will become acting administrator at that time. “Ms. Tavenner, who was partly responsible for the… Read More

Researchers Look to 3D Printing Technology for Implants

Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Led by Susmita Bose, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have received a five-year, $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant… Read More

MD News Breaks Down Orthopedic Data

MD News features a snapshot of survey results from the AAOS, CDC, JAMA IM, JBJS, CORR and the CDC with a focus on orthopedics statistics. Some examples: According to an AAOS survey, Wyoming has the highest density of orthopedic surgeons in the United States, at 14.96 per 100,000 residents; Mississippi has the lowest, at 6.55. The rates of major… Read More

MSN Video Features Operation Walk’s Free Surgery Week

A Long Island patient who received a total knee replacement during Operation Walk USA’s program during the first week of December was featured on MSN this week. A total of 85 surgeons participated in the weeklong program that offered total hip and total knee replacement surgeries at no cost to needy patients. Watch video. Operation Walk USA is… Read More

U.S. News & World Report Covers TKR Recovery

This week’s edition of U.S. News & World Report features an article about a FedEx employee recovering from total knee replacement. The article follows up with Cynthia Phillips one year after her TKR, and covers the benefit of prehabilitation and rehabilitation as part of the process. Full story.

GE Partners with Northwestern Memorial Hospital for TJR

Business Insurance reported the addition of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to General Electric Company’s (GE) “Centers of Excellence.” As part of their health benefit plan, GE employees can go to Northwestern for total hip and total knee replacement surgeries for little or no out-of-pocket costs. This is Northwestern’s first bundled payment partnership. Full story.

Washington Post Reports on Employer Health Benefits Surveys

The Washington Post reported on the findings of two health benefits surveys released this week. The Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management surveyed more than 3,000 employers. The surveys showed that few employers are reducing employee coverage. Some are eliminating coverage for workers’ spouses while others are dropping insurance for part-time employees. Another… Read More

San Francisco Examiner Features Registry Editorial

The San Francisco Examiner published a guest column yesterday, “Inroads made tracking patient progress,” by William J. Maloney, MD, AAHKS Secretary/AJRR Board Chair and AAHKS member Kevin J. Bozic, MD. Dr. Maloney and Dr. Bozic wrote the article in response to another article that ran on November 2 by an orthopaedic surgeon about a lack of registries in… Read More

New TKR Technology in Developed by AAHKS Member

This week, the Billings Gazette featured the story  of AAHKS member, Dean C. Sukin, MD and a patient who received the new Vanguard XP Knee System that Dr. Sukin helped develop. Dr. Sukin is one of two surgeons in Montana who are trained to perform the surgery using the new technology. He has “been performing the procedure about… Read More