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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 on this course that focuses only on reconstruction in a unique format that includes daily emails navigating the learner through adult reconstruction topics on 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

AAHKS, The Hip Society, The Knee Society and AAOS are pleased to collaborate with 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

AAHKS Comments on CMS Patient Relationship Codes

As part of their Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS is developing categories of patient relationship codes for use in episodes of care. While AAHKS believes that these codes can ultimately be useful for patient care, some changes do need to be made before utilization. This will be an evolving process but initial comments can be found in… Read More

Submit Your Study for Research Award

AAHKS is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative that allows the organization to support hip and knee arthroplasty research conducted by its members. We invite you to participate by sharing a research idea. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a few outstanding applicants will be invited to submit a full grant… Read More

AAHKS Nominee Selected for Dr. Nathan Davis Award

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer, has been selected for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD, nominated Dr. Conway for his career in public service in the federal government. Dr. Jiranek stated that Dr. Conway “uses… Read More

Top AAHKS News Clicks for December 2016

The following articles from the weekly AAHKS News were the most clicked in December 2016: Dental Prophylaxis Patient Education Updated What Patients are Reading: Should Medicare Allow Outpatient Knee Replacement? Adult Hip and Knee/Tumor Match Report Published Hall of Fame Jockey to Receive Hip Replacement Senate Finance Committee Releases Report on Concurrent Surgeries

Valuable New Member Benefit Begins

AAHKS members now have access to free premium accounts with OrthoEvidence – an online summary of published orthopaedic research from around the world. “AAHKS partnered with OrthoEvidence to make this service available to all members as part of our education mission,” said AAHKS Executive Director, Mike Zarski. Access to OrthoEvidence has already begun, and members received custom login… Read More