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New York Times Cites AAHKS Study

An article in The New York Times this week cites a study and poll on obesity conducted by the AAHKS Evidence Based Medicine Committee. “The group concluded that heavy patients should first be counseled to lose weight because a lower weight reduces stress on the joints and can alleviate pain without surgery,” the article states. The Committee Chair,… Read More

View Recording of Functional Cup Position Webinar

AAHKS hosted the “Functional Cup Position to Avoid Instability in Total Hip Arthroplasty – the Hip/Spine Relationship” webinar on September 28, 2016 moderated by Dr. Douglas Padgett, MD. Be sure to check out a great topic and great faculty: Jonathan M. Vigdorchik, MD, Seth A. Jerabek, MD and Erik N. Hansen, MD! Save the date for the next… Read More

Learning Objectives Added to Annual Meeting

The 26th AAHKS Annual Meeting inaugurates the enhancement of the traditional Exhibit Hall and introduces the AAHKS Industry Learning Center. Designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and focused discussion around specific learning objectives, each industry participant was offered the opportunity to submit specific learning objectives to highlight unique patient and problem-oriented industry solutions to the issues encountered in everyday… Read More

In Memoriam: Robert W. Bucholz, MD

As we prepare to head to Dallas for the Annual Meeting, we note the passing earlier this year of Dallas-based AAHKS member and past AAOS President, Robert W. Bucholz, MD. The prominent surgeon and medical educator will be missed. Read Dr. Bucholz’s memorial in AAOS Now.

Symposia Featured this Week

The following symposia take place during the 2016 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Protecting Your Patients:  Incision management following complex primary and revision joint arthroplasty Acelity™/KCI™ Why be concerned about surgical incisions? Hear from a panel of your peers – H. John Cooper, MD of Lenox Hill in New York and Denis… Read More

AAOS CEO to Retire

Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, announced that she will retire from her position as chief executive officer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Karen has held the position for 14 years and will retire on April 14, 2017. OrthoSpineNews reports that a search for a new CEO has begun. Full story.

Have You Seen the New Proceedings?

The premier issue of the “Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons” published this month. This name change from the former “supplement” issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty was made under the direction of the AAHKS Publications Committee. The 25th Annual Meeting Program Chair, Gregory G. Polkowski, MD, explains in the… Read More

South Carolina Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Integrated Care

A recent decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court supports integration of physical therapy (PT) and physician services. In Joseph v. South Carolina Department of Labor, the court overturned a previous ruling and agreed with arguments that physician practices should be able to employ physical therapists. This result, after a decade long fight, could have national implications on… Read More

JAMA Study of BPCI

The largest study to date of Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) program, “Association Between Hospital Participation in a Medicare Bundled Payment Initiative and Payments and Quality Outcomes for Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Episodes,” was published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Politico reports that while the program is seeing savings, it may… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Active Sports after THR

Healthline featured a story about patients receiving hip replacements at a younger age and highlights the importance of setting realistic expectations about activity levels post-surgery. AAHKS members were interviewed and commented on the big picture of total joint replacement and what patients can expect when they wish to return to sports they enjoy. Full story.