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Rep. Price Introduces HIP Act to Delay CJR

This week, Representative Tom Price, MD (R-GA) introduced H.R. 4848, the Healthy Inpatient Procedures Act of 2016 (HIP Act) that aims to suspend operation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model until at least January 1, 2018. The CJR establishes episode-based Medicare payment for total joint replacement procedures.… Read More

Symposia Due May 2 for AAHKS 2016

AAHKS Symposium Panel

Attendees of the AAHKS Annual Meeting look forward to the Symposia as the most informative and compelling segments of the conference. The AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee is looking for symposia topics that are cutting edge, controversial, or innovative. Symposia should include three to four speakers and a moderator. The goal is to have multiple participants present their… Read More

Spring Meeting Cherry Blossom Forecast

The century-old cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC reached peak bloom on March 24. Depending on weather, the blossoms can remain on the trees for days after as the leaves come in. The Tidal Basin is in walking distance of the Grand Hyatt Washington where the First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting takes place March 31-April… Read More

Peripheral Nerve Blocks Linked to Improved Outcomes

The use of peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) is associated with better medical and economic outcomes in patients receiving hip and knee replacement, according to research being presented at the 41st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting later this month. A team of researchers looked at more than 1 million cases of hip and knee arthroplasty over… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Combating Chronic Knee Pain

The Chicago Tribune featured an article this week on knee replacement surgery and its effectiveness in treating knee pain. The article looked at osteoarthritis and other conservative therapies and cites a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Interviews with AAHKS member, Ravi K. Bashyal, MD, and his patients underscored the idea that once free of pain,… Read More

AAHKS Receives Accreditation from ACCME

ACCME certificate

This week, AAHKS received Provisional Accreditation as a CME provider from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). We will now accredit our own CME activities such as the Annual Meeting, the Spring Meeting, webinars and co-branded meetings. In the past, we relied on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other organizations to sponsor our… Read More

Still Time for Spring Meeting

There is some space available for the First Annual AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place March 31-April 2, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. This ICL-format meeting will engage attendees in small-group discussions with faculty members. Attendance is capped at 200. As a side note, we have learned that cherry blossom peak season will happen early this year,… Read More

Call for Nominations – Total Hip and Knee Replacement eCQM Task Force

The Joint Commission (TJC) is seeking nominations for volunteers to participate on a Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) eCQM Task Force. The THKR eCQM Task Force is part of a new approach to incorporate implementer input and identify potential feasibility issues early in the measure specification process. TJC is specifically seeking individuals with expertise in health IT,… Read More

Register for AAHKS/AAOS/TKS Knee Course

“Innovative Surgical Techniques: Partial, Total and Revision Knee Arthroplasty” takes place May 12-14 at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois – sponsored by AAHKS, the AAOS and The Knee Society. If you complete 10 or 200 TKAs annually, this course is for you! UKA, TKA, and revision TKA are demanding procedures requiring precise bone cuts and ligament… Read More

CMS Announces New Calls

The CMS Medical Learning Network (MLN) has announced new, educational conference calls for those interested in the Shared Savings Program, Open Payments System and the IMPACT Act. Learn more and register on the CMS MLN website.