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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Practice Management’

Visit the New AAHKS ICD-10 Resource Center

With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementation of ICD-10 starting on October 1, 2015, AAHKS has compiled several resources to help ease the transition. ICD-10 expands the number of codes from 16,000 to 68,000 from the previous iteration, and although claims will not be denied because of miscoding for a period of 12 months, this… Read More

Payment Model for Hip and Knee Replacements Proposed

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed an extensive “pilot” of a new Medicare Part A and B payment model, “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Model” under which acute care hospitals in geographic areas covering about 25% of patients will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for hip and knee replacement surgery. The… Read More

ACR Seeks Letters of Interest for Perioperative Management Guideline Development

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) invites letters of interest from those who wish to partner with ACR and AAHKS to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for perioperative management of rheumatic disease medications in total joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee. The guidelines will be developed primarily for orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists who care for patients undergoing total joint… Read More

AAHKS Expresses Support for ICD-TEN Act

In a letter to US Representative Diane Black and other sponsors, Jay R. Lieberman, MD, AAHKS President, expresses support for H. R. 2247, the “Increasing Clarity for Doctors by Transitioning Effectively Now Act” (“ICD-TEN Act”). Due to the exponential increase in the number of codes in the new ICD-10 coding system and the complexity of the sub-coding framework,… Read More

Call to Action – Ask Congress for ICD-10 Grace Period

AAHKS shares the concern of many health organizations regarding the readiness of all providers, payers, and other participants in the billing chain to implement ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  We encourage you to contact your members of Congress to ask them to provide a grace period during implementation so that potential disruptions do not impact the delivery of care. There… Read More

CMS Announces Last Call to Register for ICD-10 Implementation Call

CMS subject matter experts will present strategies and resources to help physicians prepare for the ICD-10 implementation in an MLN Connects call and slide presentation on June 18, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). They will also present ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which will be used by hospitals. The call will cover testing updates and… Read More

Noridian Announces Review of Major Joint Replacement Claims

On May 18, 2015, Noridian Healthcare Solutions (Noridian) announced that it is initiating a targeted review in Montana and Washington regarding claims for DRG 470 – Major Joint Replacement or Attachment of Lower extremity without MCC. The review, which will apply to claims involving total joint arthroplasty procedures billed on or after May 11, 2015, will validate provider… Read More

We Need Your Help Documenting Risk Variables

For three years, the AAHKS Risk Adjustment Task Force has been working with CMS and the Yale Outcomes Group to improve the risk adjustment models used in TJA performance measures. The goal of performance measures is to give surgeons an accurate assessment of their performance, while controlling for patient factors outside the control of providers. The current TJA… Read More