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Studies Document Change in Arthroplasty Care

Two recent studies show that hip and knee surgeons are performing more work prior to the procedure to optimize patients and achieve better outcomes. Team Approach: Perioperative Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty Perioperative Orthopedic Surgical Home:...

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Annual Meeting App is Live!

If you haven’t already, download the AAHKS Annual Meeting app to your mobile phone from the Apple or Google Play stores. Information posted includes: Daily schedule with links to abstracts List of speakers with links to presentations Exhibit hall map and list of...

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Countdown to AAHKS 2019: 33 Days!

With the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting about a month away, here are some important reminders: Register now! Prices increase by $50 on November 7. Make hotel reservations. The Hilton Anatole is full, but we have secured the “A Room With a View” booking service to find you...

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Motivating Patients to Quit Smoking

The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published an article for patients that addresses the importance of quitting smoking prior to surgery. The article explains the risk of complications patients may have while using tobacco products such as poor scar...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS OPPS and PFS Proposed Rules

Last week, AAHKS sent our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on two proposed rules for calendar year 2020. The proposed changes to the CMS Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Systems included...

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Top News Clicks for September 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked last month: Read Arthroplasty Today September 2019 Issue OrthoCarolina Implements Opioid Protocol AAHKS Signs Prior Authorization Letter to CMS Airport Security Video Getting Press Coverage Read the AAHKS News blog...

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AAHKS Awards Announced for Outstanding Papers

The Annual Meeting Program Committee has announced three outstanding papers that will be presented with the AAHKS Awards at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Congratulations to these authors: James A. Rand Young Investigator’s Award Traditional Intravenous Fluid vs. Oral...

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Finalists Selected for 2019 Fall FARE Grant

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced the finalists for the fall FARE grant that will be awarded to one applicant at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Michael P. Ast, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery Comparison of Nebulized...

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Second AAOS Member Runs for US Senate

The Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Orthopaedic PAC) formally endorsed fellow member and Alaskan orthopaedic surgeon Al Gross, MD, FAAOS, for the U.S. Senate. Dr. Gross, who is running as an Independent, is a lifelong...

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AAHKS Signs Prior Authorization Letter to CMS

AAHKS joined more than 100 specialty, state and other health care organizations in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, regarding the use of prior authorization (PA). The letter shares our concerns with...

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Exciting Changes for AAHKS Poster Exhibition

The AAHKS Poster Exhibition at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting is one of the most popular components of the Meeting, and this year, many new features will upgrade the experience. The number of posters displayed has increased to 350 so more of the exceptional research...

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Call For Membership Research Surveys

If you are interested in submitting a research survey to current AAHKS members, we invite you to share your study with the AAHKS Research Committee. Proposals must include survey investigators, a brief abstract and a draft of the specific questionnaire. Survey topics...

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In Memoriam: John R. Tongue, MD

On August 25, 2019, John R. Tongue, MD died at his home on Oswego Lake in Oregon. Dr. Tongue served as the 80th President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2012, and served as faculty at AAHKS Annual Meetings. He was a clinical associate professor of...

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Medicare Spending vs. Private Insurance

Healthcare Finance reported on a University of Michigan study that concluded “the Medicare system spends far more than it probably needs to on post-hospital care.” Looking at post-hospital care provided at home, in skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and...

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AAHKS Supports MA Prior Authorization Standardization

AAHKS joined more than 360 specialty and state societies, as well as other patient, physician and health care professional associations and stakeholders, to write to Congress in support of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107). The Act,...

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Read Arthroplasty Today September 2019 Issue

The September issue of Arthroplasty Today highlights the new “Viewpoint” editorial category with the article, “Total joint arthroplasty in the public hospitals of Port-au-Prince, Haiti: our experience,” by Jessica Hooper, MD, Ronald H. Israelski, MD, Ran Schwarzkopf,...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for August 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in August: AAHKS Video Shows No Hassle Getting through Airport Security CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020 Overview Shows Impact of TKA IPO Removal Coding and Billing Subject of Next AAHKS...

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AAHKS Members Surveyed on Opioid Prescribing

A survey of AAHKS members on opioid prescribing has been published as a study in Orthopedics. According to Charles P. Hannon, MD, who is the lead on the AAHKS opioid awareness task force, the study “demonstrates the significant variability in opioid prescribing after...

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Analyzing JOA Catheter Study

HealthLeaders Media published an analysis of a catheter study published in-press in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA), “Indwelling Urinary Catheter for Total Joint Arthroplasty Using Epidural Anesthesia.” Key takeaways from the analysis are: The researchers compared...

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Apply to OREF Grants by September 5

Applications for two Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) grants are due by Thursday, September 5, 2019. The Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD provides up to $75,000 in...

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This Week’s Featured Industry Symposium: ASCs

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Friday, November 8 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting:  Lowering the Cost of Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Throughout the Episode of Care 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Zimmer Biomet Everyone is well aware total joints...

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Coding and Billing Subject of Next AAHKS Webinar

The AAHKS Webinar, “Coding and Billing: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Practice,” takes place on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The webinar will review clinical and surgical coding, how to maximize reimbursement and further your understanding of the...

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AAHKS Signs on to E/M Code Value Revision Letter

AAHKS, along with 52 other medical organizations, submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH to express opposition to a proposal in the 2020 CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule “not to incorporate into the global codes the adjusted values...

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Symposia, Presentations Announced for AAHKS 2019

Selections have been made for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting General Session. From the record 1,723 abstract and 36 symposium submissions, the Program Committee has selected 59 podium presentations, 350 posters and eight symposia. The symposium topics for the 2019...

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AAHKS Submits CMS RFI on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

This week, AAHKS responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services’ (CMS) Request for Information (RFI): Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork. Our comments included discussion of the “significant confusion among providers and program...

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Overview Shows Impact of TKA IPO Removal

With the release of the CMS 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems proposed rule, CMS has sought input on the removal of total hip arthroplasty from the IPO list. AAHKS member Jeffrey D. Angel, MD,...

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CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the CY 2020 Proposed Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B on July 29, 2019. AAHKS has prepared a summary memo of the issues relating to our members within...

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: PJI

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Targeted Orthopaedics: Genetics, Microbiome, Environment and their Impact on PJI 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Heraeus Medical LLC Attendees of this session should come...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for July 2019

These news items were the most clicked in AAHKS News last month: Study on Approach and PJI Dr. Bozic Describes His TKA JOR Publishes Stem Cell Issue Mini-Debates in AAHKS Team Course Read the AAHKS News...

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AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Filled

The AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course that takes place at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting has filled. Nearly 200 applications were submitted for this popular course that provides residents with the opportunity to learn the latest principles in the field of total joint...

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AMA-RUC Process Advances

The data collection period for the RUC survey of total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty has ended. AAHKS and AAOS will now tabulate the results, prepare an analysis, and present to the RUC in October. We thank the members who participated in the survey....

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Mini-Debates to Take Place in AAHKS Team Course

The AAHKS Team Course held during the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting will include mini-debates between faculty during the program. Mark J. Spangehl, MD will debate whether “Robotics for Knee Replacement is the Future” with Gwo-Chin Lee, MD. “The Anterior Approach is...

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Study on Approach and PJI

A study in The Bone & Joint Journal at a single institution examined the impact of approach on periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). Researchers compared the direct anterior (DA) approach to other surgical approaches (NA) and “found a higher rate of PJI in DA versus...

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: 3D Hip Imaging

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Functional THA Planning and Control with EOS 3D Solutions 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EOS Imaging Surgeons will see how to identify patients at risk and avoid...

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AAOS Seeking Action on Surprise Billing

AAOS is seeking support on grass roots action to “to find a common sense solution to surprise billing.” On Thursday the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee reported out the No Surprises Act, which benchmarks out-of-network payments to median in-network...

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Get Your AAHKS Member Resource Guide!

Download the latest issue of the AAHKS Update newsletter featuring member resources such as: Greetings from AAHKS President, Michael P. Bolognesi, MD A look back from Immediate Past President, Craig J. Della Valle, MD Listing of the AAHKS Board of Directors Listing of...

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JOR Publishes Stem Cell Issue

The Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR), a publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society, has published a special open-access issue, “Stem Cells,” with more than two dozen papers on the topic of stem cell therapy and orthopaedics. Farshid Guilak, PhD, Linda J....

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This Week’s Featured Symposium: Emerging Trends

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: Emerging Trends in Orthopedics: Innovation for Better Results 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Microport The long-term survivorship and high patient satisfaction...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for June 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in June 2019: New Issue of Arthroplasty Today Online Now! Opioid Use Before Hip or Knee Surgery Can Mean Trouble Risk Calculator Helps Determine Patient Outcomes Orthopaedic Surgeon Running for US Senate AAHKS...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule

AAHKS submitted comments for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule “Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2020...

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Murray’s Surprise Return to Tennis

Professional British tennis player and former World Number 1, Andy Murray, announced his retirement at the beginning of the year as he faced additional surgery for hip pain. After undergoing resurfacing shortly after the announcement, he recovered and returned to...

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New Issue of Arthroplasty Today Online Now!

The June issue of the AAHKS open-access journal is now online. Here are the Issue Highlights: Editorial Peer review in the reporting of clinical trials in Arthroplasty Today Thomas J. Blumenfeld, Mark J. Spangehl, Gregory J. Golladay, Brett R. Levine, J. Bohannon...

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Critical Arthroplasty Survey on the Way

In the next few weeks, you may be selected to participate in an AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) survey for total hip arthroplasty (27130) and total knee arthroplasty (27447). As you may know, the components of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule...

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Running for US Senate

Manish "Manny" Sethi, MD is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon and associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is running for the seat that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is vacating in 2020 at the end of his current term. He is president and founder of...

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AAHKS Annual Meeting Submission Reviews Underway

Following Monday’s submission deadline for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting, reviewers are busy evaluating the 1,726 abstracts and 36 symposium proposals. The AAHKS Annual Meeting has become one of the most competitive venues for the debut of cutting-edge research in the...

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Featured Industry Symposium: Outpatient Bundles

The following industry-sponsored symposium takes place on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn a Bundle from the Experts - Reflexion Health Learn how four orthopaedic surgeons from Greensboro, North Carolina built one of the...

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FDA Authorizes PJI Test

In a news release issued last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced marketing authorization of the Synovasure Lateral Flow Test Kit to CD Diagnostics Inc. The test will allow surgeons to detect “periprosthetic joint infection (infection around a joint...

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Minnesota Clinic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions

Orthopedics Today featured a story about orthopaedic surgeons at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul who implemented a program to reduce opioid prescribing and patient use. Using a three-phase approach, the clinic first established a prescribing protocol....

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for May 2019

The following AAHKS News items were the most clicked in May 2019: Best Posters Awarded at AAHKS Spring Meeting Trending in JOA: Kneeling Protocol after TKA Residents Match for 2020 Get BPCI Advanced Guidance for Outpatient TKA...

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AAHKS Supports Physician-Owned Hospital Model

AAHKS joined more than 70 state and specialty societies, as well as other interested parties, in writing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma expressing support for a demonstration model that will be submitted to the Center...

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Call for JOA Reviewers!

Would you like to serve as a volunteer reviewer for JOA? Please send your CV to journalofarthroplasty@gmail.com, and indicate the topics you would be most comfortable reviewing from the following list: - Avascular Necrosis - Basic Science - Bearing Surface -...

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