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Articles in the December Issue of Arthroplasty Today

The management of complex periprosthetic fractures Christopher M. Melnic, Wayne G. Paprosky Proximal femoral reconstruction for failed internal fixation of a bisphosphonate-related femur fracture Rishabh G. Jethanandani, Chima Nwankwo, Philip R. Wolinsky, Mauro Giordani, Derek F. Amanatullah Bilateral atypical femoral fracture and end-stage arthritis of the hip, treated with total hip arthroplasty Scott M. Sandilands, Jesus M. Villa,… Read More

AAHKS Calls for Repeal of IPAB

AAHKS joined medical specialty societies in a letter to the U.S. Congress asking to repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). “The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), not only poses a threat to that access but also, once activated, will shift healthcare costs to consumers in… Read More

CMS Announces More APMs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced more new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to improve care and earn additional incentive payments under the Quality Payment Program, which implements the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a payment alternative to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Beginning in… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement?

The New York Times featured the article, “Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement? Doctors are Deeply Split” this week. It tells the story of Ira H. Kirschenbaum, MD, an AAHKS member, who underwent an outpatient TKA as a patient this year. The article explores the debate about patient safety, cost and Medicare’s rules. Full story.

Final AAHKS News for 2016

This issue of AAHKS news will mark the final one for 2016. The AAHKS office will close at Noon on Thursday, December 22 and re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27. Happy Holidays to you!

AAHKS Membership Update

Welcome New Members At the December Board of Directors meeting on Monday, the last round of new members will be submitted for approval – bringing the total to 567 new AAHKS members for 2016. International membership has increased by 16% including our first member from New Zealand. Renew Membership The new year begins the new membership year, and… Read More

Arthroplasty Today Call for Submissions

Arthroplasty Today is calling for “Arthroplasty in Patients with Rare Conditions” submissions. This section of the AAHKS open-access journal is used to highlight joint replacement in patients with a rare underlying condition – usually one percent or less of joint replacement patients. This type of case report is a narrative that describes the unusual treatment challenge of performing… Read More

VAs Given Direct Access to APRNs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule this week that permits advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), who are VA employees, full practice authority in all states. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, three types of APRNs are included in the rule; however, certified registered nurse anesthetists were excluded. AAHKS signed on to a letter with… Read More

AAOS Call for Committee Applications

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) currently has 12 vacancies on its Adult Reconstruction Hip Program Committee and seven vacancies on its Adult Reconstruction Knee Program Committee. Committee members are responsible for grading abstracts and symposium applications and serving as paper session moderators and critical evaluators at the Annual Meeting. Applicants must be AAOS fellows and submit… Read More