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Coding and Billing Subject of Next AAHKS Webinar

The AAHKS Webinar, “Coding and Billing: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Practice,” takes place on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The webinar will review clinical and surgical coding, how to maximize reimbursement and further your understanding of the...

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AAHKS Signs on to E/M Code Value Revision Letter

AAHKS, along with 52 other medical organizations, submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH to express opposition to a proposal in the 2020 CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule “not to incorporate into the global codes the adjusted values...

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Symposia, Presentations Announced for AAHKS 2019

Selections have been made for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting General Session. From the record 1,723 abstract and 36 symposium submissions, the Program Committee has selected 59 podium presentations, 350 posters and eight symposia. The symposium topics for the 2019...

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AAHKS Submits CMS RFI on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

This week, AAHKS responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services’ (CMS) Request for Information (RFI): Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork. Our comments included discussion of the “significant confusion among providers and program...

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Overview Shows Impact of TKA IPO Removal

With the release of the CMS 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems proposed rule, CMS has sought input on the removal of total hip arthroplasty from the IPO list. AAHKS member Jeffrey D. Angel, MD,...

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CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the CY 2020 Proposed Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B on July 29, 2019. AAHKS has prepared a summary memo of the issues relating to our members within...

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: PJI

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Targeted Orthopaedics: Genetics, Microbiome, Environment and their Impact on PJI 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Heraeus Medical LLC Attendees of this session should come...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for July 2019

These news items were the most clicked in AAHKS News last month: Study on Approach and PJI Dr. Bozic Describes His TKA JOR Publishes Stem Cell Issue Mini-Debates in AAHKS Team Course Read the AAHKS News...

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AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Filled

The AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course that takes place at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting has filled. Nearly 200 applications were submitted for this popular course that provides residents with the opportunity to learn the latest principles in the field of total joint...

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AMA-RUC Process Advances

The data collection period for the RUC survey of total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty has ended. AAHKS and AAOS will now tabulate the results, prepare an analysis, and present to the RUC in October. We thank the members who participated in the survey....

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Mini-Debates to Take Place in AAHKS Team Course

The AAHKS Team Course held during the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting will include mini-debates between faculty during the program. Mark J. Spangehl, MD will debate whether “Robotics for Knee Replacement is the Future” with Gwo-Chin Lee, MD. “The Anterior Approach is...

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Study on Approach and PJI

A study in The Bone & Joint Journal at a single institution examined the impact of approach on periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). Researchers compared the direct anterior (DA) approach to other surgical approaches (NA) and “found a higher rate of PJI in DA versus...

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: 3D Hip Imaging

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Functional THA Planning and Control with EOS 3D Solutions 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EOS Imaging Surgeons will see how to identify patients at risk and avoid...

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AAOS Seeking Action on Surprise Billing

AAOS is seeking support on grass roots action to “to find a common sense solution to surprise billing.” On Thursday the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee reported out the No Surprises Act, which benchmarks out-of-network payments to median in-network...

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Get Your AAHKS Member Resource Guide!

Download the latest issue of the AAHKS Update newsletter featuring member resources such as: Greetings from AAHKS President, Michael P. Bolognesi, MD A look back from Immediate Past President, Craig J. Della Valle, MD Listing of the AAHKS Board of Directors Listing of...

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JOR Publishes Stem Cell Issue

The Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR), a publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society, has published a special open-access issue, “Stem Cells,” with more than two dozen papers on the topic of stem cell therapy and orthopaedics. Farshid Guilak, PhD, Linda J....

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: Emerging Trends

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Emerging Trends in Orthopedics: Innovation for Better Results 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Microport The long-term survivorship and high patient satisfaction...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for June 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in June 2019: New Issue of Arthroplasty Today Online Now! Opioid Use Before Hip or Knee Surgery Can Mean Trouble Risk Calculator Helps Determine Patient Outcomes Orthopaedic Surgeon Running for US Senate AAHKS...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule

AAHKS submitted comments for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule “Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2020...

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Murray’s Surprise Return to Tennis

Professional British tennis player and former World Number 1, Andy Murray, announced his retirement at the beginning of the year as he faced additional surgery for hip pain. After undergoing resurfacing shortly after the announcement, he recovered and returned to...

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New Issue of Arthroplasty Today Online Now!

The June issue of the AAHKS open-access journal is now online. Here are the Issue Highlights: Editorial Peer review in the reporting of clinical trials in Arthroplasty Today Thomas J. Blumenfeld, Mark J. Spangehl, Gregory J. Golladay, Brett R. Levine, J. Bohannon...

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Critical Arthroplasty Survey on the Way

In the next few weeks, you may be selected to participate in an AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) survey for total hip arthroplasty (27130) and total knee arthroplasty (27447). As you may know, the components of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule...

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Running for US Senate

Manish "Manny" Sethi, MD is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon and associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is running for the seat that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is vacating in 2020 at the end of his current term. He is president and founder of...

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AAHKS Annual Meeting Submission Reviews Underway

Following Monday’s submission deadline for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting, reviewers are busy evaluating the 1,726 abstracts and 36 symposium proposals. The AAHKS Annual Meeting has become one of the most competitive venues for the debut of cutting-edge research in the...

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Featured Industry Symposium: Outpatient Bundles

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn a Bundle from the Experts - Reflexion Health Learn how four orthopaedic surgeons from Greensboro, North Carolina built one of the...

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FDA Authorizes PJI Test

In a news release issued last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced marketing authorization of the Synovasure Lateral Flow Test Kit to CD Diagnostics Inc. The test will allow surgeons to detect “periprosthetic joint infection (infection around a joint...

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Minnesota Clinic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions

Orthopedics Today featured a story about orthopaedic surgeons at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul who implemented a program to reduce opioid prescribing and patient use. Using a three-phase approach, the clinic first established a prescribing protocol....

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for May 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in May 2019: Best Posters Awarded at AAHKS Spring Meeting Trending in JOA: Kneeling Protocol after TKA Residents Match for 2020 Get BPCI Advanced Guidance for Outpatient TKA...

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AAHKS Supports Physician-Owned Hospital Model

AAHKS joined more than 70 state and specialty societies, as well as other interested parties, in writing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma expressing support for a demonstration model that will be submitted to the Center...

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Call for JOA Reviewers!

Would you like to serve as a volunteer reviewer for JOA? Please send your CV to journalofarthroplasty@gmail.com, and indicate the topics you would be most comfortable reviewing from the following list: - Avascular Necrosis - Basic Science - Bearing Surface -...

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Next AAHKS Webinar: A Look into AJRR

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 8:00 p.m. (EDT) The next AAHKS webinar, “A Look into the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR)” is intended to introduce AJRR to members of AAHKS. While reviewing the history of AJRR, we will focus on current activities, future plans, ways...

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Get BPCI Advanced Guidance for Outpatient TKA

If you’re not sure where to start with the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) second application period for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced) Model Year 3, AAHKS is providing a summary from our legislative firm...

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Best Posters Awarded at AAHKS Spring Meeting

The 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting included a poster exhibition of submissions by international attendees. This was the first year the poster program was in place. The posters were judged, and three awards were presented by AAHKS President Michael P. Bolognesi, MD:        ...

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ISHKS Launches National Indian Joint Registry

The Indian Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons (ISHKS) launched the new Indian Joint Registry (IJR) at the recent 13th National Congress of ISHKS. Partnering with Northgate Public Services (NPS), the same group who supported delivery of the National Joint Registry in the...

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CMS Issues New Primary Care Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced five value-based transformation models for primary care services. The Department of Health and Human Services and CMS believe this new Primary Cares Initiative “will transform primary care to deliver better...

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Spring Meeting 2019 Underway!

The sold-out 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting kicked off on Thursday with a robust debate between surgeons from the US and Europe. “At this year’s AAHKS Spring Meeting, a very capable US side debated a formidable European squad on the hottest topics in joint replacement. I...

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PJI Reduction Trial Receives Spring FARE Grant Award

The 2019 spring cycle grant from the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) was awarded to the study: Vancomycin Powder and Dilute Povidone Iodine Lavage for Infection Prophylaxis in High Risk Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Randomized Prospective...

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Earn CME from AAHKS 2018 Videos

AAHKS is pleased to offer a new, online CME opportunity centered around presentations from the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Watch cutting edge research in primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, the hip-spine relationship, infection, complications,...

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Residents Match for 2020

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery Fellowship Match took place on April 30 with 109 programs offering 207 total positions. The number of applicants, positions available and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 194 positions...

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Top News Clicks for April 2019

The following articles were the most clicked in the AAHKS News last month: Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health Hip Replacement Can’t Keep Alabama’s Nick Saban Down AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Opens for Applications AAHKS Patient Education: Choosing the...

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Earn CME from AAHKS 2018 Videos

AAHKS is pleased to offer a new, online CME opportunity centered around presentations from the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Watch cutting edge research in primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, the hip-spine relationship, infection, complications,...

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Residents Match for 2020

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery Fellowship Match took place on April 30 with 109 programs offering 207 total positions. The number of applicants, positions available and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 194 positions...

read more

Top News Clicks for April 2019

The following articles were the most clicked in the AAHKS News last month: Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health Hip Replacement Can’t Keep Alabama’s Nick Saban Down AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Opens for Applications AAHKS Patient Education: Choosing the...

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Report: New CMS Value-Based Models for Primary Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced five value-based transformation models for primary care services. The Department of Health and Human Services and CMS believe this new Primary Cares Initiative “will transform primary care to deliver better...

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BPCI Advanced Opens Second Application Period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the second application period for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced). Participants selected for the second cohort will start Model Year 3, beginning on January 1, 2020....

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Humanitarian Award Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the 2019 AAHKS Humanitarian Award has been extended until May 15. The award recipient will be recognized at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November, and a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the organization. Last year, Gerard “Jerry” A....

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What Patients are Watching: Opioid Alternative Plan

ABC affiliate, KRDV 12 in Oregon, featured an interview with AAHKS member, James R. Van Horne, MD, who has created a treatment plan for patients to stop using narcotics for pain control within the first week after hip or knee replacement surgery. Part of the plan is...

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AAHKS Spring Meeting Sold Out!

Attendance at the AAHKS Spring Meeting has grown each year since the first one in 2016, and we are pleased to announce that we have reached the attendance cap for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting. The AAHKS Spring Meeting concept was intentionally designed to be a small,...

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FARE Finalists Announced for Spring Award

Research proposals from the following applicants for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) Grant Award have been selected as finalists: Matthew S. Austin, MD, Rothman Institute The Impact of Preoperative Opioid Cessation on Post-Operative...

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New Part D Policies Address Opioid Epidemic

New Part D policies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can be reviewed in a roadmap published in a recent blog by Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Kimberly Brandt, “Early last year, the published a roadmap outlining our efforts to...

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Participate in Documentation Burden Survey

The not-for-profit Health Level Seven (HL7) Da Vinci Project aims to develop content standards that help providers and others to positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes. The Da Vinci Project is working with CMS on a survey where the...

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Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health

Here are some highlights from the latest issue of the AAHKS open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today: Patients, pictures, and privacy: managing clinical photographs in the smartphone era John F. Nettrour, M. Benjamin Burch, B. Sonny Bal Changes in prospectively...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Prescription Drug Proposed Rule

AAHKS commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule to modify requirements for use of the HIPAA National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard. The proposed rule “would adopt a modification to the requirements for the use...

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CMS Announces New Enrollment Period for BPCI, TKA Bundle

The CMS Innovation Center will open a new enrollment period for Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced, which started on October 1, 2018 and runs through December 31, 2023. The new application period will open this month for participation in Model Year...

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Watch Recording of AAHKS Webinar on Dysplastic Hips

AAHKS hosted a lively webinar this week, “Total Hip Arthroplasty in Highly Dysplastic Hips,” with distinguished faculty members from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Greece and the US. Discussion included these topics: Anatomical references in both low and high dislocated hips...

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