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Earn CME and LEARN Online

AAHKS launched a new online learning platform this week to provide a more streamlined, enhanced and customizable virtual learning experience for AAHKS members. AAHKS LEARN is a one-stop shop for the live and enduring educational materials that hip and knee surgeons...

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Declining Rates of Pre-Op Stress Tests

An article published Sept 30 in MedPage Today examined why the practice of conducting stress tests before joint replacement surgery has decreased since 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, the number of stress tests increased, but after 2006 the number has been steadily...

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Attend 2020 Annual Meeting – On Your Terms

After weighing all options, AAHKS is hosting the 2020 Annual Meeting as a hybrid format November 5-8 in Dallas. To ensure safety onsite, an infectious disease specialist helped develop safety protocols on the level of clinic and hospital settings. View the protocols...

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Connect With Peers on AAHKS App

Since launching earlier this year, the new AAHKS mobile app has attracted more than 350 active users. It’s easy to download this new member resource and connect with your peers. Just follow these three easy steps: Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google...

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A Letter from Dr. Barnes and Dr. Huddleston

AAHKS Submits Comments to CMS on OPPS and PFS Proposed Rules Dear AAHKS Members, As you know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule earlier this year. The proposal significantly...

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Next FOCAL Webinar: Knee Fractures

The next FOCAL webinar for fellows and senior residents, “Management of Periprosthetic Fractures Around the Knee and the Role of TKA for Acute Geriatric Knee Fractures,” takes place on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Central). Faculty will present reviews of...

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Fracture, Trauma Now Part of AAOS Registry

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) will now include fracture and trauma data in its AAOS Registry Program. Announced on September 28, the new Fracture & Trauma Registry (FTR) will collect data from orthopaedic surgeons on five of the most common...

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Congratulations to AAHKS Award Recipients!

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has announced three outstanding papers that will be presented with the AAHKS Awards at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting. Congratulations to these authors: James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award Are Intraoperative Cultures Necessary...

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FARE Announces Fall 2020 Grant Finalists

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced the finalists for the fall FARE grant that will be awarded to one applicant at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting: DIFFIR: Geriatric Distal Femur Fixation versus Replacement – A Randomized...

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Fellowship Programs to Conduct Virtual Interviews

The AAHKS Fellowship Match Oversight Committee and AAHKS Board of Directors reached a consensus that interviews must be conducted virtually for the 2021 Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee/Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Match. This decision follows the same...

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Featured Industry Symposium: Local Anesthetics

The Need for Longer-Acting Local Anesthetics for Postoperative Pain Management Thursday, November 5 12:30-2:30 p.m. Avanos While the anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty (THA) has excellent clinical outcomes, there are compromises associated with this...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for September 2020

These were the most clicked articles in the AAHKS News in September: Join Arthroplasty Leaders in the Next AAHKS Webinar Review State Travel Restrictions Ahead of AAHKS 2020 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting to Proceed as Hybrid Healthline Writer Journals TKR Read the AAHKS...

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Call for Fall 2020 Survey Proposals

If you are interested in submitting a research survey for distribution to current AAHKS members, we invite you to share your study with the AAHKS Research Committee. Proposals must include the names of survey investigators, a brief abstract and a draft of the...

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Featured Industry Symposium: PJI Advances

Controversies in PJI: What Advances Have We Made Since the Consensus Meeting? Friday, November 6, 2020 7:30-9:00 a.m. Heraeus We’ll explore some of the current debates and emerging research surrounding infection control and management. Topics will be debated by...

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30th AAHKS Annual Meeting to Proceed as Hybrid

Earlier this week, the AAHKS Board of Directors voted affirmatively that the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting will take place as a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual options for registrants. This year’s Program Committee Chair, R. Michael Meneghini, MD,...

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THA Challenges Focus of Next FOCAL Webinar

As part of the monthly series of interactive webinars for adult reconstruction fellows and senior residents, the AAHKS FOCAL Committee presents, “Management of Intraoperative Complications in Total Hip Arthroplasty.” Scott M. Sporer, MD, MS, Erik N. Hansen, MD and...

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Featured Industry Symposium: Opioid-Free

Anesthesia Protocols for Opioid-Free Total Joints Friday, November 6, 2020 7:30-9:00 a.m. Medtronic This symposium will highlight the anesthesiologist-surgeon team approach for opioid-free total joint arthroplasty. Review the Industry Symposia...

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Abstracts in the AAHKS App

AAHKS members can now view the abstracts for podium presentations and symposia that will be presented at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting. There is an early preview of the abstracts in the new AAHKS app. Exclusive to all AAHKS Members and Annual Meeting attendees, the...

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JOA Mentor Program Underway

Not sure how to get started as a journal reviewer? Or not exactly sure how to properly review a journal article? If you are a current adult reconstruction fellow or recent graduate, please consider joining more than two dozen of your peers in the new Journal of...

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Spine Surgery and TJR: Comparing Apples and Oranges

An article in OrthoSpine News, “Quality of Life: What Happens When Spine, Adult Reconstructive Surgery Square Off?” breaks down a study published in Spine this month that compared baseline and postoperative outcomes in spine patients and total joint arthroplasty...

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Featured Industry Symposium: Anterior Hips

AA Hip Technology and ASC Friday, November 6, 2020 7:30-9:00 a.m. DePuy Synthes This symposium will feature presentations on anterior approach hips in an ASC setting, the impact of technology and surgeon satisfaction. Discussions will include operational, financial,...

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Healthline Writer Journals TKR

Moira McCarthy, a Healthline.com writer and recent total knee replacement (TKR) patient, journaled her perioperative experience at Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth. She provides a first-hand account as well as information about having outpatient TKR surgery. Interviews...

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Trending in JOA: Timing Preoperative Work

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed payment policy changes last month that significantly impact hip and knee surgeons by devaluing procedures by 5.4% work RVUs. Authors of the article, “Substantial Preoperative Work Is Unaccounted for in...

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Journal Editors Sign Diversity Pledge

“As a surgery journal editor, I pledge to strive for diversity in the peer review process and among the editorial boards and editorial leaders.” A call from Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, FAHA, Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery Editor in Chief, to fellow...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for August 2020

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News articles last month: AAHKS Members Can Download Implant Comparison CMS Needs to Hear from You on Proposed TJA Cuts! Fellowship Year Starts with New FOCAL Webinar CMS Proposed Rule Adds Hip Replacement to ASC List...

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The Impact of COVID-19 on AAHKS Members

Latest Survey Results AAHKS is sending a new, refreshed and more focused survey to members by email shortly. Please watch for it in your Inbox and help us by providing your input. This data compares data from the July 2020 survey to the June 2020 survey. Hospitals...

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Join the JOA Reviewer Mentorship Program

by William G. Hamilton, MD, AAHKS FOCAL Chair and Michael A. Mont, MD, JOA Assistant Editor in Chief Not sure how to get started as a journal reviewer? Or not exactly sure how to properly review a journal article? If you are a current adult reconstruction fellow or...

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Fellowship Year Starts with New FOCAL Webinar

The Fellows Orthopaedic Continued AAHKS Learning (FOCAL) Committee will kick off the first webinar in a series of free, interactive webinars for arthroplasty fellows and senior residents on August 31, 2020. “How to Review Manuscripts: From Randomized Studies to...

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FDA Holds Inaugural Infection Workshop

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled the first virtual Public Workshop, “Orthopedic Device-Related Infections” for November 13, 2020. AAHKS Research Committee Chair, Javad Parvizi, MD, worked with colleagues on the agenda and selecting faculty for...

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Orthopaedic Specialist Visits Down 18%

The Commonwealth Fund published findings on research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic showing the impact on patient visits. With the first report issued in April and followed up in May, June, the latest report issued this month shows many specialties have...

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Thank You, Journal Reviewers!

AAHKS wishes to thank the peer reviewers who dedicate their time to the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) and Arthroplasty Today (AT). Both journals have seen a substantial increase in submissions so far this year. Reviewers have met the challenge and continue to keep...

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CMS Needs to Hear From You on Proposed TJA Cuts!

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule. The proposal significantly impacts hip and knee surgeons by devaluing the primary procedures you perform by 5.4% work RVUs....

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CMS Proposes Cuts to Total Joint Arthroplasty

On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for the 2021 calendar year. The proposal significantly impacts hip and knee surgeons and their health care professional teams by devaluing the procedures...

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CMS Proposed Rule Adds Hip Replacement to ASC List

CMS also released the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule for 2021. Here CMS has proposed the elimination of the inpatient only list (IPO), which would mean removal of nearly...

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AAHKS Members Can Download Implant Comparison

The “2020 Hip and Knee Implant Review” published by Orthopedic Network News (ONN) is now available for downloading. This annual issue includes a side-by-side comparison of implant pricing among the various manufacturers. The 2020 issue also features: The 2020 WW Hip...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for July 2020

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in July: Download Exercise Guides from AAHKS We Have a New App! AJRR Offers Pathway to Advanced Joint Commission Certification AAHKS Comments on Hip Fracture DRGs Follow AAHKS Health & Safety Updates Read the AAHKS...

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Download Exercise Guides from AAHKS

To accompany the videos that demonstrate physical therapy exercises to do after hip and knee replacement surgery, the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published printable guides. The exercises in the guides are represented with photos and step-by-step...

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Last Day to Submit for FARE Grant

The deadline to submit a letter of intent (LOI) for the next Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) grant is 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2020. The LOIs will be reviewed by the Research Committee, and they will make their decisions within two weeks....

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Featured Industry Symposium: IV NSAID

Potential Role of a Once-Daily Intravenous Non-Opioid Option Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:30-2:30 p.m. Baudax Bio, Inc. Despite advances in surgical techniques over the past several decades, moderate to severe postoperative pain continues to be a widespread and...

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We Have a New App!

Exclusive to AAHKS Members and Annual Meeting attendees, the new AAHKS app will allow you to engage with the AAHKS community not only at AAHKS meetings and events, but also year-round no matter where you are in the world! Create your profile to connect with colleagues...

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CARES Act Relief Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for application by eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) physicians and organizations for funds from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund has been extended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to August 3....

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AAHKS Signs CMS Emergency Waivers Letter

This week AAHKS joined the AMA and more than 100 other specialty and state medical societies in writing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of temporary waivers for health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The...

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Knee Osteoarthritis Foot Pain Relieved with Vitamin D

A study published in Arthritis Care & Research found that patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who took vitamin D supplements experienced significant relief from disabling foot pain. The two-year study, as reported by Orthopedics Today, found “the mean MFPDI...

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We Need Your Photos!

Advancing patient care is our mission, and we are creating an image library of AAHKS members with their patients doing just that. Photos may be included in AAHKS member publications, Annual Meeting publications, AAHKS websites and social media. If you have photos you...

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AAHKS Comments on Hip Fracture DRGs

AAHKS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their proposed rule for FY2021 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS). Within the proposed rule, CMS delineated development of two new proposed DRGs for...

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Clarivate Releases JOA Impact Factor

by John J. Callaghan, MD, JOA Editor in Chief Clarivate Web of Science has released their Journal Citation Reports 2020. Although there are a number of companies that rate the impact of scientific journals, Clarivate’s impact factor has received the most notoriety....

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Arthroplasty Today Adds New Social Media Editor

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved a new Social Media Editor position for the Arthroplasty Today Editorial Board. LTC Jaime L. Bellamy, DO, MS started her new position on July 1, 2020. Dr. Bellamy is Chief of the Orthopaedics Service at Womack Army Medical Center...

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AAHKS Signs Scope of Practice Letter to VA

On June 24, AAHKS joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 85 other specialty and state societies expressing concerns about the Health Care Practice in Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Memorandum published by the Under Secretary of Health on April 21, 2020....

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AJRR Surpasses 2M Procedures

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Registry Program announced that it surpassed its two millionth hip and knee procedure with the input of data from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. David D. Lewallen, MD,...

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AAHKS Comments on CJR Extension Proposed Rule

This week AAHKS submitted comments regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule to extend the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing. The proposed rule seeks to...

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Dear AAHKS Members, Thank You for Your Advocacy!

Last week, AAHKS sought assistance from members in circulating a letter authored by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) urging CMS to maintain current reimbursement for total hip and knee arthroplasty....

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Making the Anterior Approach More Approachable

MicroPort While the anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty (THA) has excellent clinical outcomes, there are compromises associated with this approach, including the need for short femoral stems and offset instrumentation. In this session, surgeon faculty will...

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Higher Percentage of Members Report Back to Work

AAHKS has completed the fourth member survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of hip and knee replacement surgery. This survey focused on continued change and re-opening plans and processes. Here are some of the data we have collected: 61% all...

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June Issue Marks Arthroplasty Today Milestone

Arthroplasty Today Editor-in-Chief Gregory J. Golladay, MD, notes a milestone in the AAHKS publication now in its sixth year, “The June 2020 issue marks the first in the history of Arthroplasty Today to be published with article-based publishing. This means that the...

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Knee Replacement Surgery: A Patient Journey

The newest educational video from AAHKS follows the journey of one patient as she anticipates knee replacement surgery. The video illustrates the sections of the knee and when joint disease indicates whether a patient may need a partial knee replacement or a total...

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Invitation – Dr. Roger Marshall Virtual Event

Fellow physician and Congressman Roger Marshall, MD currently serves in the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. As a physician and leader for hip and knee surgeons, we wanted to provide a unique opportunity to support one of our own and put more doctors in the U.S....

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AJRR Collecting COVID-19 Data

Effective immediately, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Registry Program is collecting COVID-19 data through the capture of the ICD-10 code for COVID-19 confirmed diagnosis: U07.1. The new code is enabled across each of the AAOS registries,...

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DAA Study in JOA Sparks Discussion

The article, “A Comparison of Risk of Dislocation and Cause-Specific Revision Between Direct Anterior and Posterior Approach Following Elective Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty,” published in the June issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) compares the...

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What is my hip replacement made of?

AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Chair, Brett R. Levine, MD, narrates the first in a series of videos for patients that provide clear explanation of topics in hip and knee replacement surgery. The video, “What is my hip replacement made of?” explains and shows the...

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This Year’s Abstract Submissions Top 2019

In a year that saw elective surgeries suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and bring arthroplasty practice to all but a halt, research prevailed. By the deadline on Monday night, more abstracts were submitted for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting than ever before. It’s...

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The Next AAHKS Webinar: Tips to Modernize Your Practice

Moderator Anna R. Cohen-Rosenblum, MD invites AAHKS members to the next webinar, “Practice Made Perfect: Tips to Modernize Your Practice.” Attendees will learn: Effective ways to use social media, videos and podcasts to enhance your practice. How to implement and...

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AAHKS Comments on CJR Final Rule

This week AAHKS submitted comment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its interim final rule with comment period (IFC) to give Medicare providers needed flexibilities to respond effectively to the serious public health threats posed by the spread...

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AAHKS Representatives Attend Virtual BOS Meeting

The AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) was supposed to be held this week in Washington, DC, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has gone virtual. AAHKS Third Vice President David A. Halsey, MD and AAHKS Board of Orthopaedic Specialties...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for May 2020

The following articles were the most clicked last month: Arthroplasty Practice Resumes Arthroplasty During the COVID-19 Pandemic Removal of TKA from IPO Foreshadows THA and Spine Surgery CMS Reevaluates Accelerated and Advanced Payment Programs Visit the AAHKS News...

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Last Weekend to Submit Abstracts for AAHKS 2020

This is the last call to submit abstracts for consideration by the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee. Abstracts will be selected for podium and poster content to be presented at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting taking place in Dallas. Abstracts are due by 11:59...

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AAHKS is On

Plans for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting are proceeding in an unprecedented way this year as the AAHKS Program Committee adjusts for a safe, socially responsible gathering. R. Michael Meneghini, MD, Program Chair, invites you on behalf of AAHKS President C. Lowry...

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