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Welcome New Board Members

New AAHKS Board Members took office at the AAHKS Board Meeting on March 15. Michael P. Bolognesi, MD is Second Vice President, and C. Lowry Barnes, MD is Third Vice president. Gregory G. Polkowski, MD is serving as Secretary; Ryan M. Nunley, MD is serving as Treasurer; J. Bohannon Mason, MD and R. Michael Meneghini, MD join the… Read More

Three-Month Delay for CJR Expansion

CMS announced this week that the effective date of the final rule for the Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) has been pushed back again to October 1, 2017. This includes delaying implementation of the CJR model, which could make it… Read More

AAHKS Signs Letter Urging Reduction in Regulatory Burdens

In a letter to CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, AAHKS joined numerous medical societies and subspecialty organizations urging the CMS to ease regulatory burdens. “We urge the Administration to take a series of steps to address these same challenges in MU, PQRS, and VM prior to their replacement by MACRA and minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried… Read More

What Patients are Reading: Discharge to Home after TJR

Every Day Health featured an article for patients that highlighted research presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting. “Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery,” explains that the study by past President William J. Hozack, MD and colleagues concluded that “patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as,… Read More

Nominate a Member for the 2017 Humanitarian Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the AAHKS Humanitarian Award to be given at the 2017 Annual Meeting in November. AAHKS membership is required to nominate and to be nominated. The Humanitarian Award was established to recognize AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves through providing humanitarian medical services and programs with a significant focus on musculoskeletal diseases and… Read More

Mark I. Froimson, MD Takes Office as AAHKS President

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On March 15, 2017, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA took office as the 27th President of AAHKS during the Board of Directors meeting in San Diego. Dr. Froimson is Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Trinity Health – a nationwide, non-profit health care system. He formerly served as President and CEO of Euclid Hospital, a Cleveland… Read More

Health Care Economics Focus of March Arthroplasty Today

Five articles focusing on various aspects of health economics comprise the March issue of the AAHKS open-access journal Arthroplasty Today. Mark J. Spangehl, MD, Associate Editor, references the increase in research papers and symposia presented at orthopaedic meetings. “The United States has the most expensive health care per capita in the world without necessarily delivering the highest quality… Read More

AJRR Launches TJR Risk Factor Data

Becker’s ASC Review covered the AJRR’s announcement at the AAOS Annual Meeting that they have released new specifications concerning collecting data on total joint replacement patients. The article highlights five key takeaways including, “Daniel J. Berry, MD, AJRR board of directors’ chair, said the Level II data allows surgeons spanning the nation to consider variables for surgical procedures… Read More

Seema Verma to Head CMS

Indiana health care consultant, Seema Verma, was confirmed this week as the new director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma has stated that she does not support turning Medicare into a voucher program and has defended her work on Medicaid expansion in Indiana. USA Today reported, “Some state officials are welcoming Verma’s arrival as… Read More

Spring Meeting Brings Together Multidisciplinary Approach

Several of the symposia at the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting will include experts from fields outside of hip and knee arthroplasty to discuss many of the challenges we all face in arthroplasty. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) will take part in a co-branded symposium moderated by AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS. This symposium will… Read More