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AAHKS President on Guatemalan Mission

Dr. Parsley in Guatamala

Brian S. Parsley, MD, AAHKS President spent his birthday in Guatemala during a Faith in Practice mission trip with his team #426. With a full week of surgeries planned in Antigua, the team spent their time organizing equipment in the operating room, screening patients, and performing surgery. The majority of the Guatemalan population lives in extreme poverty and… Read More

AAHKS Leaders Attend Opening of Orthopaedic Headquarters

Cutting the ribbon

On February 21, 2015 the new Orthopaedic Headquarters officially opened with a ribbon cutting hosted by the AAOS and its equity partners. The mayor of Rosemont and many stakeholders involved in the project attended the event. AAHKS Second Vice President and Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) President, William A. Jiranek, MD helped cut the ribbon. “This beautiful new building, with its… Read More

Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) Ready for House Floor

On February 26, the House Ways and Means Committee passed PIMA, a bill to prevent Medicare fraud that includes a number of reforms that can be beneficial to orthopaedic surgeons. Specifically, it includes increased outreach and education for providers by Medicare contractors and other program integrity efforts and requires that the HHS Secretary issue guidance on the application… Read More

BMC Reports Increase in TJR Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients. The findings are published online in advance of print in the British Medical Journal. The insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts in… Read More

Becker’s Recognizes Surgeon Honors

This week’s issue of Becker’s Orthopedic Review features honors and promotions of 17 orthopedic surgeons including recipients of the 2014 James A. Rand Young Investigators Award, P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, Joshua C. Rozell, MD, Christopher Melnic, MD, and Gwo-Chin Lee, MD. Allen Butler, MD is also recognized as one of the 2015-2016 AAOS national leadership fellows. Full article.

AAHKS Meets with Corporate Partner CeramTEC

Vicki Thomas, Scientific Consultant of CeramTec, Medical Products Division, North America, visited the offices of AAHKS to meet with the AAHKS Executive Director Mike Zarski, and Manager of Corporate Relations, Jean Furlan. Discussions included confirmation of their commitment to the advancement of hip and knee patient care through education and research.

NCHS Releases Hip Replacement Data

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released data this month from the National Hospital Discharge Survey on hip replacements from 2000-2010. The data looks at the total number of hip replacements, the age distribution and rate of hip replacements in patients over 45, and average length of stay. Key findings: – In 2010, 310,800 total hip replacements… Read More

NBC Nightly News Features Hip Replacement Story

Anne Thompson of NBC Nightly News reported this week on the growing number of individuals between the ages of 55-64 who are having hip replacement surgery. The story cites the recently released data from the CDC and covers the advancements in implant design as well as the variation in the cost of the surgery. AAHKS member, Robert M.… Read More

New Cases Added to DocSpera

After the first weeks of the new program where leaders in hip and knee arthroplasty are “on call” to respond to case sharing posts on the AAHKS DocSpera website portal, AAHKS members have posted many new cases. Topics include giant cell tumor, multiple revision TKA, highly cross linked osteolysis, fungal infection and more. Visit www.DocSpera.com to log in… Read More

JOA Editors Hold Strategic Planning Retreat

Under the leadership of The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) Editor-in Chief William J. Hozack, MD, the editorial team participated in a strategic planning retreat at the publisher’s offices in Philadelphia this week. Participants in the retreat included Assistant Editor-in-Chief John J. Callaghan, MD, Associate Editors Viktor E. Krebs, MD, J. “Bo” Mason, MD, Michael A. Mont, MD, Javad… Read More