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CMS Issues Final Rule for Pilot Payment Model

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program (CJR). Seven changes were published with the final rule including a new start date of April 1, 2016, and a reduction of the number of trial geographical areas from 75 to 67. “It will also scrap… Read More

AAHKS Replies to CMS RFI for new CMS Payment Systems

AAHKS Executive Director, Michael J. Zarski, JD filed a letter commenting on CMS’s Request for Information regarding development of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). AAHKS offered the comments as the first step in anticipation of close collaboration with CMS to… Read More

Delegation to AMA Reports on Activities

AMA Delegate Chris J. Dangles, MD and Alternate Delegate Edward C. Tanner, MD, attended the AMA Interim Meeting in Atlanta November 14-17, 2015. Dr. Dangles and Dr. Tanner attended the presentation of over 100 resolutions and committee reports including Resolution 917 “Equity in Graduate Medical Education Funding.” The delegates attended various caucuses and reference committee meetings as well. Read… Read More

AJRR Offers Speaker Support Materials to AAHKS Members

Daniel J. Berry, MD

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is providing speaker support materials for use in talks, presentations, and lectures. There are two PowerPoint slide presentations that feature 2014 AJRR Annual Report findings and figures:   AJRR 2014 Annual Report – This slideshow contains all the tables and figures included in the report. Please cite AJRR as the reference. Daniel… Read More

2015 Thanksgiving Wishes

In this season, we reflect with gratitude for what gives us satisfaction and joy in our lives. Whether you’re spending time with family, friends, colleagues or patients, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. The AAHKS office will close at Noon on November 25 through November 29 and reopen on November 30. The AAHKS News will resume on December… Read More

Historic 25th Annual Meeting

When a record of 1,253 abstracts were submitted for the AAHKS 25th Annual Meeting, it was a good indication that this year’s meeting would be great. The meeting, which took place in Dallas November 5-8, 2015, had a record 2,434 total attendees – up 25% from the 2014 Annual Meeting. Clinicians, non-clinicians, faculty, exhibitors and guests attended symposia,… Read More

Preliminary Agenda Available for Spring Meeting

Limited in size to a maximum of 200 attendees, the First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting aims to provide small, case-based breakout sessions for hip and knee surgeons. AAHKS members have priority access to registration through December 1, 2015. Members can review the agenda and register online now. Open registration for nonmembers will begin after that date if space… Read More

Poster Awards Presented at Annual Meeting

AAHKS presented eight poster authors with awards during the 25th Annual Meeting. Member volunteers reviewed and selected one poster from each category. In addition to the award recognition, the awardees will receive $500: Primary Hip Anatomic Hip Center Decreases 20-Year Acetabular Component Loosening in Cemented Crowe-II THAs Chad D. Watts, MD; Matthew P. Abdel, MD; Arlen D. Hanssen,… Read More

Annual Meeting Breaks Attendance Record

Over 2,300 attendees are joining AAHKS in celebrating the 25th Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, USA. The meeting kicked off with industry-sponsored symposia on Thursday and continues with the general scientific session today. On Saturday, the 25th Anniversary Celebration takes place with a special presentation by AAHKS President, Jay R. Lieberman, MD. Visit the Annual Meeting website and… Read More

CMS Reports Fraction of ICD-10 Claims Rejected

Healthcare Finance News reports that of the 10 percent of claims filed under ICD-10, only a fraction have been rejected by CMS due to coding errors. Rejections were DUE to incorrectly submitted ICD-9 codes and incomplete or incorrect information. The article points out, “Since the transition, claims are processing normally. Medicare claims take several days to be processed… Read More