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Spend an Extra Day in San Francisco!

Plan to attend the 2017 AAHKS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, and take advantage of our great hotel rate to stay a day to enjoy the numerous festivals and events taking place in the city. For example, “Uncorked – the San Francisco Wine Festival” takes place on the waterfront on Saturday, May 6 in Ghirardelli Square featuring tastings… Read More

Cellphone Use in the OR

An article in the Orthopedic Medical Legal Advisor column of Orthopedics Today by AAHKS member, B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD and his partner Lawrence H. Brenner, JD examines the new sources of legal liability and related pitfalls that can be created when cellphones are used in the operating room. Full story.

AAHKS Influencing the AMA

As AAHKS continues to make great strides in membership growth, in order to best serve the arthroplasty subspecialty, we must continue to be represented in all facets of the house of medicine – including the AMA. Through our orthopaedic representation, we make the AMA a better organization. Currently AAHKS maintains our influence in the AMA through: A delegate and… Read More

Becker’s Publishes ACS Stats on Outpatient TJR

An article in Becker’s ASC Review lists 16 statistical points about outpatient total joint replacement. The article looks at the rise in outpatient procedures from 2012 to 2015 and projects the numbers into 2026. It also covers length of stay, hospital and Medicare costs, pain management and patient selection. Full story.

Analysis of BPCI Shows No Increase in Volume

The Altarum Institute published a study last week stating that BPCI did not lead to a statistically significant rise in volume of total joint replacement procedures at participating hospitals. Referencing a recent BPCI study published in JAMA, the study’s authors stated, “Our analysis of Medicare fee-for-service data from 2010 through 2015 by hospital, for all lower extremity joint… Read More

CMS Reconsideration Deadline Nears

The deadline for Eligible Professionals to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. If you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in… Read More

Tom Price Confirmed to Lead HHS

Sen Barrasso, Dr Santore and Dr Price in 2010

Congressman, Tom Price, MD, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early Friday. Dr. Price’s experience as an orthopaedic surgeon gives him a critically important perspective on the real-world impact of health policy including the importance of access, coverage, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical decision making and challenges of navigating… Read More

Stem Cell Technology Added to Patient Library

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published a new article, “Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My Joint Pain?” to the AAHKS library of patient education articles. The article has been written and peer reviewed by members of the Patient and Public Relations Committee and the Evidence-Based Medicine Committee. Articles in the library are regularly updated and… Read More

BHS Meeting in Center of London

Join AAHKS at the British Hip Society’s (BHS) Annual Meeting, March 1-3, 2017. AAHKS members receive discounted registration rates as a Guest Society of the BHS, by invitation of President Fares S. Haddad. The conference topics include trends in practice, developing surgical research, getting acclimated as a new surgeon in private practice, and the presentation of many scientific… Read More

AJRR Inviting All to Working Lunch in San Diego

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is hosting a User Group Network (Unet) meeting on Wednesday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (PST). The meeting will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in conjunction with the AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The meeting agenda will focus on sharing best practices and viewing the… Read More

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