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Notice of Open Positions on AAHKS Committees

AAHKS members are invited to apply online for open positions on the following AAHKS committees: Education, Evidence Based Medicine, International, Leadership Development, Patient and Public Relations, Practice Management, Publications, Quality Measures, Research and Web/Social Media. Some open positions are currently held by volunteers who qualify to apply for a second term. To view the complete list, visit http://submit.aahks.net,… Read More

Arthroplasty Today December Issue Focuses on Metal

Arthroplasty Today marks its first year in publication as the open-access, online journal from AAHKS with an issue focusing on complexities of adverse local tissue reactions associated with metal debris. Douglas W. Van Citters, PhD, Retrieval Lab Director and Assistant Professor of Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth provides the guest editorial. With the December… Read More

Congress Votes to Delay Medical Device Tax

As part of a massive government funding omnibus bill passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress today, a freeze is in place on the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax for 2016 and 2017. The tax has been in place since 2013. The President is expected to sign the bill. Learn more.

Joint Replacement Topic of Fox News Segment

“The Doctor is In” segment of the Fox 2 Detroit news recently featured total joint replacement. In a discussion with AAHKS member, Michael A. Charters, MD, they covered the mechanics of a knee and hip implant, how to prevent joint wear and how to identify when a total joint replacement is necessary. View the video.

Meeting with Cigna on Precertification

On December 10, AAHKS President Jay R. Lieberman, MD and Executive Director Mike Zarski met with representatives of Cigna and eviCore, the utilization review company that is managing Cigna’s new precertification program for THA and TKA. Also in attendance were David S. Jevsevar, MD who represented AAOS, along with AAOS staff. Dr. Jevsevar presented the Academy’s CPG and… Read More

Claim Annual Meeting CME Credit

If you attended the 25th AAHKS Annual Meeting last month, you can log in to the Membership tab on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ website at www.AAOS.org to claim your CME credits. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through… Read More

Attend Specialty Day 2016

AAHKS co-sponsors programs with The Hip Society and The Knee Society during Specialty Day at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Annual Meeting. Specialty Day takes place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. View the preliminary program and register on the AAOS website.

CMS Releases 2014 National Health Expenditures

The new National Health Expenditures data shows that health care spending grew 1.2 percentage points faster than the overall economy in 2014, resulting in a 0.2 percentage-point increase in the health spending share of gross domestic product – from 17.3 percent to 17.5 percent. In the decade prior to the Affordable Care Act (2000-2009), health care spending grew… Read More

The Hip Society Fellowship Deadline Extended

The Hip Society has extended the deadline for the British Hip Society Traveling Fellowship to February 10, 2016. Successful candidates will travel throughout the United Kingdom for a period of three to four weeks and will be hosted by world-renowned experts in adult hip reconstruction. The program will include opportunities for scientific exchange, OR observations, close interaction with… Read More

Changes in AAHKS Office

Krista Stewart, Manager of Member Services, has accepted a position at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Krista was one of our longest-serving employees. She was instrumental in achieving significant membership growth for AAHKS, as well as staffing the Health Policy Committee during a very challenging period and was responsible for developing our international efforts. Sigita Wolfe… Read More