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Last Weekend to Submit Proposals for Symposia and Videos!

Watching surgical technique video

Symposium and Surgical Technique Video proposals for the AAHKS 26th Annual Meeting are due at 11:59 p.m. this Monday, May 2, 2016. The AAHKS Program Committee is looking for symposia topics that are cutting edge, controversial, or innovative and surgical technique videos that are high quality, clinically relevant and of high overall educational value. Selection of surgical technique videos… Read More

2017 Placement Match Results are In

The Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee/Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Match took place on April 21, 2016 with 84 programs offering 166 total positions. The number of participating applicants, positions offered and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 160 positions filled – leaving six open positions. The SF Match lists the open positions on their website (click… Read More

Review Open Payment Data by May 15

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to the 2013 and 2014 data on June 30, 2016. In order for any disputes to be addressed before the June 30th publication, physicians and teaching hospitals must initiate their disputes during the review period which ends on May 15. Industry must… Read More

CMS Files MACRA Proposed Rule

On Wednesday, April 27, CMS released a 962-page proposed rule to revamp Medicare’s physician pay system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) replaces the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that can increase or decrease pay based on performance. Physicians may also choose instead to participate in Alternative Payment… Read More

AAHKS Leadership Participating in LAN Summit

The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and private, public and non-profit organizations, are holding their 2016 Spring Summit next week in Tysons Corner, VA. AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD will participate in a panel on “Accelerating and Aligning Clinical Episode Payment Models: Opportunities… Read More

AJRR Debuts Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center QCDR

AAHKS is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), our official registry, to align quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR’s Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center in 2016. The AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)… Read More

Research Published On Hip Fracture Risk Following TKR

A fracture risk study of 3221 patients has been conducted in Sweden, showing that patients who had total knee replacement (TKR) because of osteoarthritis, led to a 4% rise in hip fracture risk and a 19% rise in vertebral fracture risk. The study, reported by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis… Read More

2016 Spring Meeting Presentations Posted and 2017 Date Announced

Following our successful first Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, the presentations that have been authorized for sharing are now available on the website. Another thank you to the attendees, faculty and sponsors who made this meeting possible. Mark your calendars for the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting, which will take place May 5-7. Location information forthcoming!