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Annual Meeting Presentation Videos Premiere!

AAHKS is pleased to announce that 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting video content is now available to all meeting participants. Review the Annual Meeting scientific sessions, symposia and award presentations in high-quality, on-demand videos. Please note that this is intended...

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CMS Releases Draft MIPS THA/TKA Complication Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), has developed claims-based hospital measures to assess the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by...

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Support Your PAC

by David A. Halsey, MD, AAOS President As you know, in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, CMS identified several potentially current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as “misvalued”, including 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for November 2018

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News items in November: Apply to Open Positions on AAHKS Committees Home Based PT Videos Added to Patient Education Library 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting Highlights CMS Surveys High-Volume Medicare Participants on THA...

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Registration Open for 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting

You can register and reserve your hotel room now for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place May 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan in New York. Unique to the AAHKS Spring Meeting are the breakouts with faculty in small-group case discussions. Nowhere else will you...

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AAHKS and AAOS Meet with CMS

Leaders from AAHKS and AAOS engaged with representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week to address the designation of hip and knee arthroplasty codes as “potentially misvalued” in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule,...

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Prior Authorization Burdens Add Up

A 2017 survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) showed that physicians report an increase in prior authorization (PA) burdens imposed by insurance companies and other payers. In the survey, 84% of physicians responded that the burden associated with PAs is...

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What Patients are Reading: Reps in the OR

The topic of whether industry representatives should be allowed in surgical operating rooms was recently discussed on the National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program. The accompanying article weighs the pros and cons of having representatives of hip and knee...

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CMS Surveys High Volume Medicare Participants on THA

AAHKS members may have received an email from Kathy Bryant, Senior Technical Advisor, Hospital and Ambulatory Payment Group, and accompanying letter from Carol Blackford, Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposal to Revalue THA and TKA Codes

CMS recently released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and identified seven high volume current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as potentially misvalued, among which were 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty). CMS...

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Claiming CME Credit for AAHKS 2018

If you attended the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting, you have received an email with a link to the evaluation survey. AAHKS uses the data collected from this survey to improve the Annual Meeting experience each year. Once you have completed the survey, you will be directed...

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2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting Highlights

“The Most Important Meeting on Adult Reconstruction in the World” AAHKS members and others gathered in Dallas this past weekend to learn about the latest research and techniques in adult reconstruction and bring actionable insights back to their practices. The size...

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Seema Verma to Open Physician Fee Schedule Call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a call on Monday, November 19 from 2:00 -3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss key topics of the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, will provide opening remarks on the call....

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Annual Meeting Breaks Attendance Record

The 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting kicked off on Thursday with the most attendees in history. More than 3,500 surgeons, clinical and non-clinical professionals, industry representatives and guests are registered for the Meeting, which runs through Sunday. Today’s agenda...

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DEA Alert: Extortion Scam

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued an alert regarding registrants receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for October 2018

The following AAHKS News articles were the most clicked in October: AAHKS Releases Position Statement on Outpatient Joint Replacement In Memoriam: Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD Download the AAHKS Annual Meeting App TXA Focus of October JOA Read these and other AAHKS...

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Your Checklist for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting

Registrations for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting have already surpassed last year’s – making it the most attended in our history. If you are planning on joining us in Dallas, we would like to remind you of some key points: Download the meeting app by searching “AAHKS”...

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In Memoriam: Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD

The orthopaedic community this week was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD. Dr. Rothman was a founding member of AAHKS and served as President from 1998-1999. He had a resounding impact in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty and a...

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Download the AAHKS Annual Meeting App

AAHKS has launched a new app for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. The app puts the schedule, speaker information, abstracts, exhibitors, floor plan and the Fun Run/Walk at your fingertips. You can download the app now in the Google Play and Apple stores. Search “AAHKS,”...

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Welcome to the 4,000th AAHKS Member!

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved the newest members to join AAHKS in a meeting on Wednesday. Included in the group is Herrick J. Siegel, MD of Birmingham, Alabama, who is the 4,000th member to join AAHKS. Dr. Siegel is the only orthopaedic oncologist in Alabama....

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Call to Join Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis Study

Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD, FARE Grant recipient, is seeking more institutions to join the Duke University prospective, randomized study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty.” The study’s goal is to establish...

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CMS MIPS Field Testing Commences

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, will conduct field testing in October 2018 for 13 cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

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High School Health Care Club Checks Out Orthopaedics

The Chicago Tribune reported this week about Lyons Township High School students who observed a robotic surgery demonstration at La Grange Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago. The students, who belong to the Future Healthcare Professionals Club, were hosted by AAHKS...

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TXA Focus of October JOA

This month’s issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) features the AAHKS-initiated clinical practice guidelines for the use of tranexamic acid in total joint arthroplasty along with accompanying articles that “clarify how and when tranexamic acid should be used with...

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Lab-Grown Knee Cartilage Trial in Canada

The Canadian television network, CTV, in Toronto reported on an international clinical trial for knee cartilage injuries taking place at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario. Surgeons collect a cartilage sample from the patient and send it to a clinic in...

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Top AAHKS News Stories for September 2018

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News items in September 2018: What Are Joint Replacements Made Of? AAHKS 2018 Schedule Posted Online Tumor, Trauma Societies Endorse TXA Guideline Applications due for AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship To read the AAHKS...

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What are Joint Replacements Made Of?

The newest article added to the AAHKS patient education website explains in detail the parts of both hip and knee replacement implants. Here is the introduction: Hip and knee replacement surgery involve replacing the worn-out bone and cartilage lining your hip or knee...

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AAHKS in Uruguay This Week

AAHKS was represented this week at the co-branded meeting with the 20th Congress of the Uruguayan Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Montevideo, Uruguay. AAHKS International Committee Chair Rafael J. Sierra, MD provided the AAHKS 2017 Annual Meeting...

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Call for JOA Reviewers

The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) is seeking volunteers to become reviewers. If you would like to be a part of the JOA, please email your statement of interest to Managing Editor, Taylor Bowen, at journalofarthroplasty@gmail.com. He will then send you instructions on...

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Important Dates Coming Up

Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Join the UKA Webinar at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Deadline to apply to the Women in Arthroplasty Committee Monday, October 1, 2018: Deadline to apply for the AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship Friday, October 12, 2018:...

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AAHKS Conducts Round of Senate Hill Visits

As Hurricane Florence bore down on the East Coast, former Health Policy Fellow and AAHKS Advocacy Committee member P. Maxwell Courtney, MD made the rounds on Capitol Hill Thursday. Accompanied by AAHKS lobbyists, the offices of 10 Senators from both sides of the aisle...

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2018 AAHKS Award Papers Selected

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has announced three outstanding papers that will be presented with the AAHKS Awards at the Annual Meeting: The James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award “Large Opioid Prescriptions Are Unnecessary After Total Joint Arthroplasty: A...

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Register for AAHKS Webinar on UKA Success

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Time: 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Moderator: Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD Partial knee arthroplasty (UKA) has experienced increased growth in the last several years. Patient selection along with an understanding of which ancillary tests are...

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OREF Grant Deadline Approaching

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) is accepting applications for various funding opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $225,000. Letters of Intent (LOI) must be completed as required. All properly submitted LOIs will be reviewed by the OREF...

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AAHKS 2018 Schedule Posted Online

The preliminary program schedule for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting is now available on the AAHKS website. View paper and symposia titles and authors in the order that they will present during the General Session November 2-4, 2018. Also available are the preliminary...

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Don’t Forget Your Running Shoes!

This year’s Fun Run and 5K walk are sponsored by Smith & Nephew and Elsevier, publisher of The Journal of Arthroplasty and Arthroplasty Today. Check in for the event begins at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and the race begins at 5:55 a.m. The course is the...

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Arthroplasty Today September Issue

The September issue of Arthroplasty Today is published online and in the new app. This issue features an editorial by Rafael J. Sierra, MD focusing on the growing international membership of AAHKS. “Arthroplasty Today continues its commitment to support our...

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Tumor, Trauma Societies Endorse TXA Guideline

The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) have granted AAHKS their official endorsement of the Tranexamic Acid in Total Joint Arthroplasty Clinical Practice Guidelines. AAHKS, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and...

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We Need Your TKA Patient Stories!

AAHKS is seeking additional examples of patient care problems related to the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient Only list (IPO). As a compelling example, a member recently reported on the negative...

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AAHKS Signs on to AMA Letter to CMS Administrator Verma

AAHKS, along with more than 150 other medical specialty and state societies, signed on to a letter to the CMS Administrator Seema Verma to thank CMS for continued dialogue related to reducing administrative burdens, particularly through their “Patients Over Paperwork”...

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Apply to be an OMeGA Review Committee Member

OMeGA is accepting applications for its 2019 Review Committee (RC) in the Adult Reconstruction, Oncology, Pediatrics and Trauma subspecialties. RC members evaluate fellowship program applications in OMeGA’s merit-based grant process. All RC applicants must be...

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What Patients are Viewing: Hypnotherapy for Pain

NBC5-Chicago featured a knee replacement patient in a story on the use of hypnotherapy to help manage pain following surgery. The focus of the piece was how hypnosis therapy could help some patients reduce their use of opioids for pain management. In conjunction with...

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New Arthroplasty Today App Launches!

AAHKS and Elsevier are pleased to announce the launch of the Arthroplasty Today mobile app. Read the current issue, search the archives of PubMed-indexed articles, take notes and create your own reading list. Download the free app from the Apple App Store for iPhone...

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AMA Expresses Concern over Walmart Opioid Policy

In the wake of Walmart’s policy of restricting opioid prescriptions in all US Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to a seven-day supply, the American Medical Association issued a letter to Walmart, Inc. president, Doug McMillon. The letter outlines three main concerns with...

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AAHKS Welcomes 300th International Member

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved new members for the month of July, and included in the group is Jesse James F. Exaltacion, MD, FPOA, FPCS from Cebu City, Philippines. Dr. Exaltacion is the 300th member of AAHKS with International status and represents the first...

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New Arthroplasty Today App Launches!

AAHKS and Elsevier are pleased to announce the launch of the Arthroplasty Today mobile app. Read the current issue, search the archives of PubMed-indexed articles, take notes and create your own reading list. Download the free app from the Apple App Store for iPhone...

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AMA Offers Half-Year Dues Rate

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced a half-priced membership for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year. With an AMA membership, you'll have access to world-class research and resources that benefit your patients and your practice. You’ll also help to...

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Download the ONN Implant Pricing Guide 2018

The “2018 Hip and Knee Implant Review” published by Orthopedic Network News (ONN) is now available for downloading. Click here to log in to AAHKS. The issue also features: Top 10 Hip and Knee Hospitals Hospital Resources and Implant Cost Management OrthoTrends Q1/2009...

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AMA Urges DOJ to Challenge CVS-Aetna Merger

The American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed acquisition of Aetna, Inc. by CVS Health Corporation, and shared with federal regulators an exhaustive AMA analysis indicating the proposed merger would likely...

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AAHKS Back in Washington Discussing E/M Codes

AAHKS Advocacy Committee member, Eric A. Levicoff, MD met with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Eric D. Hargan and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Principal Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas on Friday...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for July 2018

The following news items were the most clicked from the July 2018 AAHKS News: Tranexamic Guideline Released Will My Artificial Joint Set Off Airport Security Metal Detectors? Perspective Given on Study of Low Does Aspirin for VTE What Patients are Reading: Inequity in...

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FARE Grant Deadline This Week!

Applications for the fall cycle FARE Grant are due Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The application, which serves as the letter-of-intent, will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee and decisions will be announced in two weeks. Those invited to move forward will then...

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Tranexamic Acid Guideline Released

A new clinical practice guideline, “Tranexamic Acid in Total Joint Arthroplasty,” has been developed and is now available for download on the AAHKS website. AAHKS, The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), The American Academy of...

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Case Study: Decreasing Complications using AJRR Data

The July issue of AAOS Now features a case study by Mark A. Snyder, MD, about how TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) in Cincinnati has decreased complications using AJRR data, evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical pathways (ICP). According to the study,...

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ABOS Offers Option to Bypass Multiple Choice Exam

In addition to streamlined Application and Case List entry functions, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) is adding a web-based option as an alternative to the multiple-choice examination required for MOC. The new ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment...

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AJRR Steering Committee Meets

AAHKS leaders were among the key collaborators in the American Joint Replacement Registry’s (AJRR) Steering Committee meeting today at the AAOS Headquarters. Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, Chair, Bryan D. Springer, MD, Vice Chair, Scott M. Sporer, MD, Secretary, Daniel J....

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Discussing Health Policy in DC This Week

AAHKS Health Policy Chair James “Hutch” I. Huddleston, MD and AAOS First Vice President Kristy L. Weber, MD met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Adam Boehler this week to introduce the societies to the new director as well as to...

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Live Webcast July 20 of Rosemont Hip Course

If you are unable to attend the AAOS/AAHKS/The Hip Society course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill. next week, you can view the live webcast instead. Meeting the Challenges of Total Hip Arthroplasty takes place on Friday, July 20 from 12:10 – 1:25...

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