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Arthroplasty Today Fully Indexed in PubMed

After obtaining acceptance in PubMed Central within its first two years of publication, Arthroplasty Today is now fully indexed in the archive. Articles in the current issue and all prior issues are included in the free, full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Visit… Read More

Calling All Residents to AAHKS Membership!

If you have colleagues who are residents, please extend an invitation to them to join AAHKS. At an annual dues rate of only $95, residents who join AAHKS as Arthroplasty Surgeons in Training enjoy all the benefits of membership including an annual subscription to The Journal of Arthroplasty, opportunity for a scholarship waiver to publish in Arthroplasty Today,… Read More

Interact with 2017 Spring Meeting Faculty

The 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting takes place May 5-6 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco. The line up of faculty is not to be missed! Small group breakouts using a case-based, ICL format will allow one-on-one interaction with these leaders in the field and hip and knee arthroplasty. Register and reserve your hotel… Read More

Nova Scotia TJR Wait Times Below National Average

The CBC/Radio-Canada News reports that despite wait times for total joint replacement in Nova Scotia improving since 2012, the wait times are still below the national average. The Canadian Institute for Health Information released their wait time report this week. “About 90 per cent of Nova Scotia patients receive their hip replacements within 750 days and knee replacements… Read More

MIPS Call for Measures and Activities

The Annual Call for Measures and Activities for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) will be open through June 30. CMS encourages clinicians, measure stewards, organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and submit measures and activities to be considered for three performance categories of MIPS in future years. Full details.

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