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Task Force Created to Consider New Entity

At last week’s Board retreat, the AAHKS Board of Directors voted to proceed with the formation of a task force to examine the feasibility of forming a subsidiary to convene and manage a bundled payment program for interested members. The Board’s concern is that some members lack the organization and resources to benefit from new Medicare payment models, and… Read More

CMS Modifies CJR

Proposed rule includes modification to CJR and Cardiac Care Bundled Payment Model A new CMS Proposed Rule revises the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) to potentially qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) if participants meet requirements: Establish a new episode payment model (EPM) for hip/femur fracture treatment excluding lower extremity joint replacement (SHFFT) Establish… Read More

Refinements to the BPCI Initiative Models

CMS intends to implement a new voluntary bundled payment model for CY 2018, based upon BPCI, where the model(s) would be designed to meet the criteria to be an Advanced APM. The BPCI initiative Models 2, 3, and 4 would not currently qualify as Advanced APMs based on the two of the Advanced APM criteria: payment based on… Read More

Upcoming Quality Payment Program Call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting the Quality Payment Program National Stakeholder Call on Monday, August 1, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. The number to call is 1-800-837-1935, and conference ID is 43116806. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the hearing or speech- impaired.  For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications… Read More

AAHKS Signs on to VA Letter

AAHKS signed on to a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs along with the American Medical Association and other medical societies that opposes the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) Proposed Rule which, if finalized, would permit all VHA-employed APRNs to practice without the clinical supervision of physicians and without regard to state law. Read the letter.

AAHKS Board to Discuss APMs

The Annual AAHKS Board of Directors Retreat begins today and continues through Saturday in Rosemont, Ill. Board members and Committee Chairs will meet on effective leadership, review the results of a member needs assessment and define the role of AAHKS in enabling all members to participate effectively in new Medicare and private alternative payment models. The Board will… Read More

Video Proposal Deadline Extended

The AAHKS Program Committee set a new deadline of August 1, 2016 for surgical technique video submissions for the 26th AAHKS Annual Meeting. Please take the opportunity to showcase your outstanding work! The AAHKS Program Committee is looking for surgical technique videos that are of high quality, clinically relevant and of high overall educational value. Specific guidelines can be… Read More

AJRR Launches User Group Forum

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the official Registry of AAHKS, has launched the User Group Network (Unet) Web-based forum to provide all of AJRR’s users and participants the opportunity to interact and engage with each other about the hip and knee arthroplasty procedural data in this national registry. Unet is a private forum for AJRR users to… Read More

Hip Cartilage Grown from Stem Cells

Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cytex Therapeutics in Durham, N.C. have published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that describe a technique they’ve developed to grow cartilage from stem cells in the shape of a hip joint. According to the Washington University news release, “The discovery… Read More

New Annual Meeting Location

This year’s AAHKS Annual Meeting takes place in a new location at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas. After outgrowing our previous location, we set out to find a facility that offers not only more space, but also more options for meeting attendees. The large airy atriums, extraordinary art collection, resort-like setting and well-appointed rooms provide an outstanding… Read More