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Researchers Look to 3D Printing Technology for Implants

Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Led by Susmita Bose, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have received a five-year, $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant… Read More

MD News Breaks Down Orthopedic Data

MD News features a snapshot of survey results from the AAOS, CDC, JAMA IM, JBJS, CORR and the CDC with a focus on orthopedics statistics. Some examples: According to an AAOS survey, Wyoming has the highest density of orthopedic surgeons in the United States, at 14.96 per 100,000 residents; Mississippi has the lowest, at 6.55. The rates of major… Read More

Happy Holidays from AAHKS

No matter what you celebrate at the end of this year, we wish you and your families peace, joy and light as the winter season is upon us. The AAHKS office will close December 24-25, December 31 and January 1. This is the last issue of AAHKS News for 2014. Look for the first issue of the new year on Friday,… Read More

Congress Adjourns, No Movement on SGR Reform

Last week AAHKS members sent 415 letters to Congress via the AAHKS website. As of this post, the 113th Congress adjourned without taking action on critical Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform legislation. Physicians are facing a 21.2% Medicare rate reduction on April 1, 2015 if Congress does not act. The medical community is united in the view… Read More

Membership Dues Invoices Emailed

Dues invoices for the 2015 membership year have been sent via email to members and their staff. Members can log in to www.AAHKS.org or call (847) 698-1200 to pay dues with a credit card. To pay by check, send payment to AAHKS at 9300 Higgins Rd., Suite 230, Rosemont, IL 60018-4976. Contact aahksstaff@aahks.org with any questions. Benefits of Membership Annual… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Submissions Coming In

Responses to the first call for papers for AAHKS’ new open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today, have been coming in and going through review. Manuscript submissions are still being accepted for the initial issues, and articles will be published on the website soon. If you would like to receive an email when new content is available, visit the ArthroplastyToday.org website… Read More

MSN Video Features Operation Walk’s Free Surgery Week

A Long Island patient who received a total knee replacement during Operation Walk USA’s program during the first week of December was featured on MSN this week. A total of 85 surgeons participated in the weeklong program that offered total hip and total knee replacement surgeries at no cost to needy patients. Watch video. Operation Walk USA is… Read More

U.S. News & World Report Covers TKR Recovery

This week’s edition of U.S. News & World Report features an article about a FedEx employee recovering from total knee replacement. The article follows up with Cynthia Phillips one year after her TKR, and covers the benefit of prehabilitation and rehabilitation as part of the process. Full story.

Contact Congress Now Regarding SGR

Hip and knee surgeons should contact Congress now to express support for the repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Congress will adjourn around December 14, 2014. It’s important to use the engagement tool on the AAHKS website to contact your Senate and House representatives. There is a sample letter that you can customize or send as written to your representative… Read More