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2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting Highlights

Two sessions have concluded of the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting, bringing practicing orthopaedic surgeon experts together for innovative research, small-group breakout sessions and cutting-edge strategies to enhance overall surgeon competence. It’s not too late to join...

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CMS Releases 2022 Medicare Inpatient Proposed Rule

On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their CY2022 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule. Within the proposed rule, there is a request for comment on potentially adding TJA PROMs to the Inpatient Quality...

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CJR Final Rule Released

CMS last week released the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Final Rule, which extends the model for an additional three performance years, through December 2024. CMS previously issued a proposed rule on the CJR Model on February 24, 2020, and...

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Don’t Miss May 11 SmartRobotics™ Webinar

May 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Central Time): AAHKS Spring Meeting Industry Webinar, “Know more with 3D CT-based planning and Mako SmartRobotics™.” Join experts Cory Calendine, MD, and Russell Cohen, MD, as they discuss 3D CT-based planning with Mako SmartRobotics™, walking...

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Most-Read AAHKS News Articles in April

Stay up to date on what your colleagues are reading! Here are the most-read articles from the AAHKS Weekly News in April: Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed! AAHKS Member survey on payors using PROM scores as part of their prior authorization for total knee...

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Last Call for Future JOA Reviewers

Applications for the JOA Reviewer Program are due on April 30! The program trains residents, fellows and physicians early in practice on how to effectively review a journal article. Participants are matched with a current JOA Elite Reviewer who help them complete...

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AAHKS Signs CDC Arthritis Funding Letter to Congress

This week AAHKS joined the Arthritis Foundation and many other medical and public organizations in writing to the Congressional Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, Committee on Appropriations, urging them to provide funding for the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Reminder: Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed!

If you have not already done so, please take two minutes to complete this very brief poll to provide your input on recent prior authorization and patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) activity. As previously reported, AAHKS leadership has been made aware that a...

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FARE Finalists Announced

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced five finalists for the Spring FARE Grant! Two recipients will be selected for awards of up to $50,000 that will be awarded during the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting: Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA,...

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Your Prior Authorization Feedback Needed!

It has been reported to AAHKS leadership that a commercial payor is starting, in some cases, to require patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) scores as part of their prior authorization for total knee arthroplasty. To help AAHKS better advocate for you and your...

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Call for Membership Research Surveys

If you are interested in submitting a research survey to current AAHKS membership, you are invited to share your study with the Research Committee by submitting your proposal online. Proposals must include survey investigators, a brief abstract, and a draft of the...

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Seeking Future JOA Reviewers

Residents, fellows and physicians early in practice are encouraged to participate in the JOA Reviewer Program. Now in its second round, the program will help you get started as a journal reviewer and train you on how to effectively review a journal article....

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Reminder: We Need Your Input!

The 2021 AAHKS Member Needs Survey is still open. Thank you to all who have completed the survey to provide us input on your AAHKS membership, including which benefits are important to you and which may not be, what more you would like to see from the AAHKS website,...

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View the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting faculty, agenda and more in the AAHKS mobile or web-based app! Download the app – also used for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting last year – here. Your username is the email address associated with your AAHKS membership. Note: If you...

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New JOA Website Launches

An improved website for The Journal of Arthroplasty launched today with a new responsive design, optimized to give a better experience for readers using a mobile device and replaces the discontinued mobile app. The April 2021 issue of JOA has been published online as...

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Access Popular Webinar on LEARN

Recorded on March 23, this webinar focuses on business and legal considerations of arthroplasty in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Using real-world models from surgeons in varying positions of ownership and leadership in the ASC space, combined with a litigator...

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New Amplified Podcast Released!

The second episode in this 3-part podcast series on “Preoperative Optimization and Management of the Joint Replacement Patient,” is now available. Patient and Public Relations Committee Chair Brett R. Levine, MD, and members Jonathan R. Danoff, MD, and Matthew W....

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Most-Read Articles in March

Stay up-to-date on popular news items. Below are the most popular stories from AAHKS News in March: Extended Antibiotics Effective in Reducing PJI. The original research was reported by Healio. Registration Now Open for All-Virtual AAHKS Spring Meeting. AAHKS Leader...

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AAHKS Leader in the News

James I. Huddleston III, MD, chair of the AAHKS Health Policy Council, is quoted in a March 21 Washington Post article, “New cost-cutting Medicare rule may add costs to patients.” The story examines a recent Medicare change to remove 266 musculoskeletal surgeries from...

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Patient Advocacy Program

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is seeking participants for its Patient Advocacy Program. The program is designed to capture patient stories on key policy issues impacting the musculoskeletal community to support AAOS efforts on Capitol Hill. Did...

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We Need Your Membership Feedback!

The 2021 AAHKS Member Needs Survey is now available. We ask that you take 5 minutes out of your day to provide us input on your AAHKS membership, including which benefits are important to you and which may not be, what more you would like to see from the AAHKS...

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Most-Read Articles in February

Stay up to date on popular news items. Below are the most popular stories from the AAHKS News in February: CMS Seeking Your Input on Outcomes Measures. CMS was seeking surgeon input on their Measuring Outcomes in Orthopedics Routinely (MOOR) program. The comment...

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Winter 2021 AAHKS Update Published

Appropriately titled “Building 2021,” the Winter 2021 AAHKS Update opens with a 2020 year-in-review as well as a look ahead at the coming year. It includes information on awards presented at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting, expansion of the FARE grants program, launch...

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Patient Education Website Updated

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has added new content to the Patient Education Website! New article published on Revision Knee Replacement. Share this with your patients to ease their worries before surgery or to help them understand why a revision is...

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Staff Developments

AAHKS welcomes Kenneth Robinson, Jr as our new Communications Manager. Ken has 13 years of experience in healthcare communications and marketing. He most recently worked as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Rush University Medical Center. Ken is responsible...

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Reminder: CMS Seeking Your Input on Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice are requesting surgeon input on their Measuring Outcomes in Orthopedics Routinely (MOOR) program. MOOR consists of four measures related...

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Register for CME Webinar on Arthroplasty in the ASC

Topic: Business and Legal Considerations of Arthroplasty in the ASC Date: March 23, 2021 (Tuesday) Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST) / 8:00 p.m. (EST) Join this webinar to learn more about the business and legal aspects of arthroplasty in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC)....

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Participate in AAHKS Research Survey

AAHKS is conducting a survey of members regarding routine pathologic examination of the femoral head. Occult diagnoses such as malignancy or infection discovered during primary THA may have significant implications for postoperative management, patient and implant...

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Reminder for FOCAL Webinar on February 22

Remember to register for Monday night’s FOCAL Webinar: Management of Intraoperative Complications During Total Knee Replacement. The webinar will be taking place Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Please note: FOCAL Session participation is free to all and...

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January’s Most-Read AAHKS News Stories

See what your colleagues are reading! These were the most clicked articles in the AAHKS News in January 2021: Deadline to Apply for AAHKS Committee Extended E-Posters from 2020 Annual Meeting Now Searchable Online AAOS Releases Value-Based Payment Guide New AAHKS...

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Reminder: Provide Your COVID-19 Input

AAHKS continues to track the impact of COVID-19 for members in practice in order to inform you, assist with your overall understanding of what your peers are experiencing and to help us advocate for you. Your continued participation in the survey is essential and...

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Registration Open for All-Virtual Spring Meeting

Reserve your spot today for the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting, being held as an all-virtual event over three consecutive Tuesday evenings: April 27, May 4 and May 11, 2021. Registration is now open, and attendance will be capped at 200 participants each night, creating an...

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The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days Projected

AAHKS advocacy partner Epstein Becker & Green has provided AAHKS members with a breakdown of the important issues and hot topics for the Biden Administration. This includes key appointments within the Administration, responses to late rulemaking from the previous...

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Latest FOCAL Recording Available

Watch the recording of the latest FOCAL webinar, Understanding the Spinopelvic Relationship, held on January 25. Presented by Colorado Joint Replacement, it was led by Douglas A. Dennis, MD—a past president of both AAHKS and The Knee Society—and colleagues Lindsay...

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Save the Date for DePuy Synthes Industry Symposium

Topic:                   Unleashing the Power of the ATTUNE Portfolio Date:                    February 17, 2021 Time:                     6:00-8:00 p.m. CST Faculty:                David Dalury, MD, Bo Mason, MD and Timothy Alton, MD The ATTUNE® Primary Total Knee...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Orthopaedic Practices

AAHKS has been surveying members over the last year to assess the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the practice of hip and knee replacement surgery. The latest survey results were released this month. While 31% report they are continuing to return to normal...

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Dr. Mont selected as Next JOA Editor

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved a Publications Committee recommendation to designate Michael Mont, MD as the next Editor in Chief of the Journal of Arthroplasty. Dr. Mont, who is currently Assistant Editor in Chief, has had editorial involvement in the JOA for...

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Becker’s Releases Top Surgeons List

Becker’s Healthcare has released a listing of “65 total knee replacement surgeons to know in 2020”. Did you make the list? Do you agree with their choices or think they overlooked someone important? Read the full list...

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Remembering Dr. Dorr

Pioneer in the field of arthroplasty Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, passed away earlier this month, and the orthopaedic and medical community is sharing memories of this legendary humanitarian surgeon. AAHKS member Chad Krueger, MD, put together this graphic commemorating Dr....

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Download New AAHKS Exercise Guides

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 exercise guides, which have been peer-reviewed by the Evidence Based Medicine...

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AAHKS Staff Member A “Game Changer”

Chiara Rogers, MPH, Director of Research and Humanitarian Activities for AAHKS, has been named one of Chicago’s “40 Under 40 Game Changers.” Ariel Investments and WVON Radio sponsor the 2020 Game Changers honor, which recognizes Chicago’s top African-American business...

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Memorial Service for Dr. Dorr

All AAHKS members are invited to attend an online memorial service for Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, via Zoom.  In addition to being a pioneer in the field of arthroplasty, Dr. Dorr was a founder of AAHKS, served as the 1995 AAHKS President and was recognized for his work as...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS CJR Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released the interim final rule (IFR), Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID– 19 Public Health Emergency - Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model and accepted comments through last...

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New Online Education Now Available on LEARN

Several new educational webinars have been published on LEARN, the AAHKS online education platform. The not-for-CME webinars are available to members free-of-charge to access at their convenience: Periprosthetic Joint Infection: A Practical Case-based Approach A...

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In Memoriam—Lawrence D. Dorr, MD

We regret to report that Dr. Larry Dorr passed this week. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of arthroplasty, Dr. Dorr was a founder of AAHKS, served as the 1995 AAHKS President and was recognized for his work as founder of Operation Walk with the AAHKS...

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AAHKS Member Receives ATSM International Award

AAHKS member A. Seth Greenwald, MD, and his three co-authors have received the Charles B. Dudley Award for a selection of technical papers (STP) specific to metal-on-metal total hip devices and modularity in tapers utilized in total joint replacement. The 29 papers...

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$425,000 Grant Funding Available From OREF

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) is accepting applications for grants to fund research on injectable biologics for knee osteoarthritis (OA), hip OA etiology, and OA treatment, as well as several opportunities for residents. Grants from $5,000...

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