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Knee Replacement Pioneer Dies at 82

Frank Gunston, MD of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada passed away on February 16, 2016. He is credited with inventing the first artificial knee in 1963. Dr. Gunston worked as an associate of Sir John Charnley, MD through a traveling hip arthroplasty fellowship at Wrightington in Lancashire, England. He became interested in arthritis of the knee after observing hip patients also… Read More

Watch Replay of Bundled Payments Webinar

AAHKS hosted the webinar “Navigating Bundled Payments and CJR in Total Joint Arthroplasty” on February 24, 2016. Jay R. Lieberman, MD served as moderator, and Richard Iorio, MD; Stephen J. Zabinski, MD; and Gabrielle White, RN served as faculty . If you missed the live presentation, you can replay it or download it for offline use here. This interactive one… Read More

CMS Releases Orthopaedic Quality Measures

On February 16, CMS and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), as part of a broad Core Quality Measures Collaborative of health care system participants, released seven sets of clinical quality measures. These measures support multi-payer alignment on core measures primarily for physician quality programs. Physicians and other clinicians must currently report multiple quality measures to different entities. Measure… Read More

What You Need to Know about CJR

In about one month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) will kick off. This five-year program begins on April 1, 2016. Under the CJR model, acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will take on quality and payment accountability for retrospectively calculated bundled payments for LEJR episodes. CMS… Read More

See Demo of AJRR PRO Dashboard

AAHKS members have been receiving informational packets from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) in the mail this week. If you have further questions or would like to view a demonstration of the new AJRR Level III patient-reported outcome (PRO) dashboard system, AJRR staff will be available at the in Academy Hall WC at the AAOS Annual Meeting… Read More

FDA Approves Stem Options for Hip System

The FDA has granted 510(k) approval for an additional range of stem options for the “MetaFix” hip stem system by Corin. This range includes collared hydroxyapatite-coated stems and short neck variants. View the FDA 501 (k) premarket notification and summary for more information.

Meet Meaningful Use Requirement with AJRR

Total joint surgeons can meet the CMS’s public health reporting objective by submitting data to the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR).  The hip and knee replacement registry provides the easiest and most cost-effective way to meet the objective in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. Visit the AJRR’s Meaningful Use page for complete details. AJRR is the official registry of AAHKS.

Dr. Fehring Awarded OREF Research Grant

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) announced today it has awarded a $500,000 research grant to Thomas K. Fehring, MD of the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center and OrthoCarolina Research Institute, Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Fehring served as AAHKS president from 2013-2014. The OREF Clinical Research Grant in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Infection provides funding for clinical research… Read More

Spring Meeting Hotel Reservation Deadline Approaching

The discounted rate for the AAHKS room block at the First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting will end soon. The meeting will be centered around a case-based discussion format in small groups with a maximum of 10 participants per faculty member and symposia on important topics ranging from the business of orthopaedics to perioperative optimization and management. The meeting… Read More

NEJM Publishes Joint AAHKS and AAOS Letter to the Editor

Yesterday, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter to the editor drafted by AAHKS President, Jay R. Lieberman, MD and AAOS President, David D. Teuscher, MD in response to the study, “A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Total Knee Replacement” published in the October 22 issue. In the letter, Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Teuscher pointed out factors in… Read More