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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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Next AAHKS Webinar: A Look into AJRR

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 8:00 p.m. (EDT) The next AAHKS webinar, “A Look into the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR)” is intended to introduce AJRR to members of AAHKS. While reviewing the history of AJRR, we will focus on current activities, future plans, ways...

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Get BPCI Advanced Guidance for Outpatient TKA

If you’re not sure where to start with the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) second application period for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced) Model Year 3, AAHKS is providing a summary from our legislative firm...

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Best Posters Awarded at AAHKS Spring Meeting

The 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting included a poster exhibition of submissions by international attendees. This was the first year the poster program was in place. The posters were judged, and three awards were presented by AAHKS President Michael P. Bolognesi, MD:        ...

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ISHKS Launches National Indian Joint Registry

The Indian Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons (ISHKS) launched the new Indian Joint Registry (IJR) at the recent 13th National Congress of ISHKS. Partnering with Northgate Public Services (NPS), the same group who supported delivery of the National Joint Registry in the...

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CMS Issues New Primary Care Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced five value-based transformation models for primary care services. The Department of Health and Human Services and CMS believe this new Primary Cares Initiative “will transform primary care to deliver better...

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Spring Meeting 2019 Underway!

The sold-out 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting kicked off on Thursday with a robust debate between surgeons from the US and Europe. “At this year’s AAHKS Spring Meeting, a very capable US side debated a formidable European squad on the hottest topics in joint replacement. I...

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PJI Reduction Trial Receives Spring FARE Grant Award

The 2019 spring cycle grant from the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) was awarded to the study: Vancomycin Powder and Dilute Povidone Iodine Lavage for Infection Prophylaxis in High Risk Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Randomized Prospective...

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Earn CME from AAHKS 2018 Videos

AAHKS is pleased to offer a new, online CME opportunity centered around presentations from the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Watch cutting edge research in primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, the hip-spine relationship, infection, complications,...

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Residents Match for 2020

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery Fellowship Match took place on April 30 with 109 programs offering 207 total positions. The number of applicants, positions available and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 194 positions...

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Top News Clicks for April 2019

The following articles were the most clicked in the AAHKS News last month: Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health Hip Replacement Can’t Keep Alabama’s Nick Saban Down AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Opens for Applications AAHKS Patient Education: Choosing the...

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Earn CME from AAHKS 2018 Videos

AAHKS is pleased to offer a new, online CME opportunity centered around presentations from the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Watch cutting edge research in primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, the hip-spine relationship, infection, complications,...

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Residents Match for 2020

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery Fellowship Match took place on April 30 with 109 programs offering 207 total positions. The number of applicants, positions available and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 194 positions...

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Top News Clicks for April 2019

The following articles were the most clicked in the AAHKS News last month: Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health Hip Replacement Can’t Keep Alabama’s Nick Saban Down AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course Opens for Applications AAHKS Patient Education: Choosing the...

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Report: New CMS Value-Based Models for Primary Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced five value-based transformation models for primary care services. The Department of Health and Human Services and CMS believe this new Primary Cares Initiative “will transform primary care to deliver better...

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BPCI Advanced Opens Second Application Period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the second application period for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced). Participants selected for the second cohort will start Model Year 3, beginning on January 1, 2020....

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Humanitarian Award Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the 2019 AAHKS Humanitarian Award has been extended until May 15. The award recipient will be recognized at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November, and a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the organization. Last year, Gerard “Jerry” A....

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What Patients are Watching: Opioid Alternative Plan

ABC affiliate, KRDV 12 in Oregon, featured an interview with AAHKS member, James R. Van Horne, MD, who has created a treatment plan for patients to stop using narcotics for pain control within the first week after hip or knee replacement surgery. Part of the plan is...

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AAHKS Spring Meeting Sold Out!

Attendance at the AAHKS Spring Meeting has grown each year since the first one in 2016, and we are pleased to announce that we have reached the attendance cap for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting. The AAHKS Spring Meeting concept was intentionally designed to be a small,...

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FARE Finalists Announced for Spring Award

Research proposals from the following applicants for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) Grant Award have been selected as finalists: Matthew S. Austin, MD, Rothman Institute The Impact of Preoperative Opioid Cessation on Post-Operative...

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New Part D Policies Address Opioid Epidemic

New Part D policies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can be reviewed in a roadmap published in a recent blog by Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Kimberly Brandt, “Early last year, the published a roadmap outlining our efforts to...

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Participate in Documentation Burden Survey

The not-for-profit Health Level Seven (HL7) Da Vinci Project aims to develop content standards that help providers and others to positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes. The Da Vinci Project is working with CMS on a survey where the...

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Arthroplasty Today Features Digital Health

Here are some highlights from the latest issue of the AAHKS open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today: Patients, pictures, and privacy: managing clinical photographs in the smartphone era John F. Nettrour, M. Benjamin Burch, B. Sonny Bal Changes in prospectively...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Prescription Drug Proposed Rule

AAHKS commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule to modify requirements for use of the HIPAA National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard. The proposed rule “would adopt a modification to the requirements for the use...

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CMS Announces New Enrollment Period for BPCI, TKA Bundle

The CMS Innovation Center will open a new enrollment period for Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced, which started on October 1, 2018 and runs through December 31, 2023. The new application period will open this month for participation in Model Year...

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Watch Recording of AAHKS Webinar on Dysplastic Hips

AAHKS hosted a lively webinar this week, “Total Hip Arthroplasty in Highly Dysplastic Hips,” with distinguished faculty members from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Greece and the US. Discussion included these topics: Anatomical references in both low and high dislocated hips...

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Call for AAHKS 2019 Abstract Reviewers

Take advantage of the opportunity to be involved in the review process of high-quality, cutting-edge presentations and posters for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. The AAHKS Program Committee is calling for volunteers to blind-review abstracts starting in early June. A...

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Global Experience Comes to Next AAHKS Webinar

Presentations in the next AAHKS Webinar, “Total Hip Arthroplasty in Dysplastic Hips,” will be given by a faculty of international surgeons who are practicing surgeons, editors, professors and leaders in the field: Klaus-Peter Günther, MD (Germany), Editor Orthopädie...

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How to Ask Older Adults About Opioids

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a webinar, “Improving Opioid Misuse Prevention Literacy between Older Adults and Health Care Providers,” on March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)....

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New AAHKS Leaders Take Office

Michael “Bolo” P. Bolognesi, MD took office as the 29th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting on March 13, 2019 in Las Vegas. Dr. Bolognesi is Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Adult...

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Dr. Parks Receives AAOS Diversity Award

In recognition of his dedication to advancing diversity in orthopaedics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented its 2019 Diversity Award to Michael L. Parks, MD, clinical director of Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in...

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Contribute to AMA-RAND Research

The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association (AMA) are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements have integrated behavioral health care into the range of services they...

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In Memoriam: David S. Hungerford, MD

One of the founding members of AAHKS, David S. Hungerford, MD, passed away on March 2, 2019 at his home near Baltimore. Dr. Hungerford, along with Merrill A. Ritter, MD, represented The Knee Society in the 1990 meetings that led to the founding of AAHKS – known then...

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Register for the AAHKS Webinar on Dysplastic Hips

The next AAHKS webinar, “AAHKS 2019 Total Hip Arthroplasty in Dysplastic Hips,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT). This webinar will begin with the important anatomical references in both low and high dislocated hips, how to plan the surgery...

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CMS Reaches Out on Opioid Misuse

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently mailed letters to all Medicare fee-for-service providers about work to reduce opioid misuse by people covered by Medicare. The letter touches on three initiatives including a “roadmap” to help frame the...

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AAHKS 2019 Call for Submissions

The AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee and James A. Browne, MD, Program Chair, invite abstract submissions and symposium proposals for the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting. All submissions are due by June 3, 2019. Submit high-quality scientific and socioeconomic...

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British Study Extends Implant Life

A study published in The Lancet by authors at the University of Bristol Medical School in the United Kingdom shows hip and knee implants “last as long as 25 years,” according to BBC News. Using data from joint replacement registries in six countries, researchers...

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AI and TJR – A Perfect Match

"Hip and knee replacement surgeons for over a decade have serendipitously been stockpiling troves of data in patient-centered registries primed for machine learning analysis and algorithm development," said AAHKS member, Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, in a Forbes article...

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AAHKS and AAOS Leaders Meet with CMS

Representatives from AAHKS and AAOS met with CMS staff this week to discuss the previously reported Medicare Learning Network (MLN) newsletter, that was released in order to help clarify how the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list...

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Tranexamic Acid Regimen Study Receives Coventry Award

A paper presented at the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting has won The Knee Society’s Mark Coventry, MD Award. Authors Yale A. Fillingham, MD, Brian Darrith, MD, Tyler E. Calkins, BS, Matthew P. Abdel, MD, Arthur L. Malkani, MD, Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, Douglas E. Padgett, MD,...

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AAHKS to Host Scholar from Nicaragua

In partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AAHKS will host Dr. Mario Cuadra from Managua, Nicaragua at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting in November. Dr. Cuadra is the recipient of the 2019 International Scholars Program scholarship. He...

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Learn Essential Elements of Outpatient TJR

A symposium on the essential elements for an outpatient total hip and knee arthroplasty will be presented by veteran experts in the field at the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting in New York. The faculty will detail the critical components, such as patient selection, surgical...

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The Debate is On: Europe vs North America

The International Session at the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting will feature a debate on contemporary topics in hip and knee arthroplasty pitting members from Europe against members from North America. Douglas E. Padgett, MD will moderate this session which kicks off on...

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Call for Research Surveys

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

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FARE-Funded Study Receives Insall Award

The Knee Society notified Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS of the selection of the paper, “Fructosamine is a Better Glycemic Marker Compared to Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1C) in Predicting Adverse Outcomes Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Multicenter Study,” for...

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CMS Reaches Out to Clarify TKA Removal from IPO List

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) newsletter to help clarify a final rule that removes total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient only list. AAHKS and AAOS will be meeting with CMS later this month to...

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FDA Cracks Down on Stem Cell Clinics

The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued letters to clinics offering stem cell injections in a clinic setting. The FDA is giving the cited clinics until November 2020 to contact federal regulators. Patients with arthritis pain...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: AAHKS MEMBER PORTAL MAINTENANCE

AAHKS is upgrading the member website portal from Friday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 6, 2019. During this time, you will not be able to log in. If you need immediate assistance with dues payment or meeting registration, please call 847-698-1200 Monday...

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Call for International Poster Submissions

For the first time, the AAHKS Spring Meeting will include presentation of 10 posters selected from international submissions as part of the educational program. A call for posters from authors practicing in countries outside of North America is open now through April...

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Hip, Knee Societies Acquire CCJR

A joint statement by The Hip Society and The Knee Society announced the acquisition of the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement course started in 1983 by A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil (Oxon) of the Current Concepts Institute. The program takes place twice a year and will...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for January 2019

The following articles were the most clicked last month: AAHKS Issues Two Positions: Opioids and Biologics Watch AAHKS TKA Webinar Recording We Need Your TKA Input on Quality Audits Stay for Specialty...

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We Need Your TKA Input on Quality Audits

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only list, it committed to suspending audits by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) for two years. The suspension was to serve as a grace period...

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BCBS Claims-Based Study Issued on TJR

According to a review just released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, medical claims data from 2010-2017 show an increase in volume and cost of planned total joint replacements. The review also looked at data for inpatient vs. outpatient surgeries....

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AAHKS Represented at the AMA RUC Meeting

AAHKS was represented by Adam Sassoon, MD, MS, at this week’s AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Meeting. The RUC is the AMA body that describes the resources and time required to provide physician services in developing RVUs and makes recommendations to the...

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