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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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    November 5-8, 2015 | DallasVisit the Annual Meeting site
  • Orthopaedic Risk Stratification and Comorbidity Coding
    For three years, the AAHKS Risk Adjustment Task Force has been working with CMS and the Yale Outcomes Group to improve the risk adjustment ...Read More
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    Membership in AAHKS provides valuable interaction with a collegial community centered around the latest innovation, challenges and opportunities to improve the overall quality of your practice...Read More
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    If you’re suffering from pain and loss of function in your hips or knees, we have the resources you need to learn more about symptoms... Read More

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Missed the Rapid Recovery/Short Stay Webinar?

If you missed the webinar, “Rapid Recovery/Short Stay Total Joint Arthroplasty: Making it Successful at your Hospital,” that took place on Monday, July 27, 2015, you can download the audio or the slide presentation here. As the demand for total joint arthroplasty continues to escalate, there is a push to increase quality, decrease cost and minimize risk. US healthcare reforms are currently being implemented in an attempt to reduce cost and improve the care of patients. This webinar, moderated by Ryan M. Nunley, MD, focused on rapid recovery and short stay total joint replacement.

CMS Proposes Payment Model for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that proposes to implement a new Medicare Part A and B payment model, “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR)” Model – under which acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for hip and knee replacement surgery, called “lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR)” or reattachment of a lower extremity. The initiative, being tested by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), is designed to test “whether bundled payments to acute care hospitals for LEJR episodes of care will reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”  Full details.

Call for 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 arthroplasty, but may also be used by primary care providers and others who care for these patients. Letters of interest must be submitted via e-mail by Friday, August 21, 2015. Visit the ACR website for detailed information and to apply.

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