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AAHKS Leaders Meet with Congress

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More than 40 Members of the AAHKS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and staff are in Washington, D. C. to communicate AAHKS’ advocacy agenda to Congress. After hearing from Danielle Steele, Health Policy Counsel to the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgress (R-TX) and Philo Hall of Epstein Becker & Green about CMMI, they headed to Capitol Hill.… Read More

View the Spring Meeting Preliminary Program

The preliminary agenda and faculty roster for the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting is now posted on the AAHKS website. There will be six symposia lead by moderators and panelists followed by breakout sessions in small groups where attendees have direct contact with leaders in hip and knee arthroplasty. Symposium I: Perioperative Optimization, R. Michael Meneghini, MD, moderator Symposium… Read More

Come to the Re-Designed Specialty Day

Specialty Day 2017 presented by The Hip Society, The Knee Society and AAHKS is re-designed for 2017. The  program, which takes place March 18 after the AAOS Annual Meeting, is divided into 10 sessions focusing on a wide range of contemporary topics relevant to today’s surgeon and practice such as: Hip Implant Wear and Complications Prevention and Management… Read More

Is Your Member Profile Up-to-Date?

Check off one of your New Year’s Resolutions and log in to the AAHKS member portal to be sure your member profile is in order. Here are four things to check: Is your contact information correct? Did you opt in to the Find a Doctor directory? Are your dues paid for 2017? Log in to www.AAHKS.org and click… Read More

Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger

Citing anti-trust laws, a U.S. Federal judge blocked the proposed merger between insurance companies Aetna and Humana. Concerns over reducing competition were expressed last year by the Justice Department. In an interview with The Washington Post, “Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder, current head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement the decision is a… Read More

2017 Invitation to Serve on AAHKS Committees

Have you been planning to get more involved in AAHKS? Now is the time! AAHKS fellow members are invited to apply online for open positions (some are currently held by volunteers who qualify to apply for a second term) on the following AAHKS committees: Advocacy Evidence-Based Medicine Industry Relations International Leadership Development Committee Patient and Public Relations Committee… Read More

First Webinar in MOC Series Begins Tuesday

The first webinar held in conjunction with the “MOC Recon 60-day Study Plan” takes place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. AAHKS is collaborating with AAOS, The Hip Society, The Knee Society and  Orthobullets.com on this course that focuses only on reconstruction in a unique format that includes daily emails navigating the learner through adult reconstruction topics on Orthobullets.com. A… Read More

CMS Announces ICD-10 Code Update Error

An error with some ICD-10 code updates impacted quality data reported at the end of last year, and CMS will not penalize physicians and group practices who were affected. CMS reports that the majority of the changes that impacted the data “were related to diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular, oncology, mental health and eye disease.” CMS advises physicians and group… Read More

Study Shows TJA Cost Reduction

An observational study of Baptist Health System published in JAMA Internal Medicine, “Cost of Joint Replacement Using Bundled Payment Models,” found cost savings under the Medicare bundled payments program. Most of the hospital savings came from implants and supplies and most of the postacute care savings came from decreased use of institutional care,” according to the findings. Read the… Read More

AAHKS Collaborates on New MOC Study Plan and Webinars

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AAHKS, The Hip Society, The Knee Society and AAOS are pleased to collaborate with Orthobullets.com on a high-quality, innovative Maintenance of Certification (MOC) adult reconstruction study plan. The new “MOC Recon 60-day Study Plan” will prepare practicing orthopaedic surgeons for the new format of the ABOS MOC Exam that now contains 150 questions focused on adult reconstruction. The… Read More