AAHKS News

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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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Andy Murray Announces Retirement from Tennis

Britain’s former number one ranked professional tennis player, Andy Murray, has announced that he will retire from tennis at the end of the year “due to severe pain in his hip,” according to the New Scientist. After two hip surgeries, Murray is considering resurfacing...

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Watch AAHKS TKA Webinar Recording

If you missed the live webinar held last month moderated by Adolph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS and co-moderated by Jeremy M. Gililland, MD, you can watch the recording online now. Total Knee Arthroplasty in End Stages of Degenerative Disease: The Articulation in Primary...

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Impact of CJR Bundled-Payments Assessed

The New England Journal of Medicine published a two-year evaluation of cases from hospitals covered by the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program. The study compared 280,161 hip and knee replacement procedures in 803 hospitals in...

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Renew Your 2019 Membership

It only takes a few minutes to renew your AAHKS membership online. Simply log in at www.aahks.org, and click the RENEW button on the right side. Don’t let any of your membership benefits expire such as your journal access and reduced rates at upcoming educational...

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Grant Deadlines Approaching

In addition to the February 1st deadline for the Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education Grant (FARE) from AAHKS, there are two other grant-related deadlines approaching from other sources: Due January 15: USBJI Grant Mentoring and Career Development...

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Stay for Specialty Day 2019

AAHKS, The Hip Society and The Knee Society will present concurrent hip and knee programs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas following the AAOS Annual Meeting. These day-long programs will cover a wide range of contemporary...

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Invitation to Comment on CMS Draft Measure

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), has developed claims-based hospital measures to assess the quality of care provided to...

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Final Month to Submit FARE Grant LOI

Initial applications for the spring cycle Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) Grant are due Tuesday, February 1, 2019. The application, which serves as the Letter of Intent (LOI), will be reviewed by the AAHKS Research Committee, and a decision...

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Tired of Forgetting to Renew?

The end of 2018 marks the end of the AAHKS membership year. Members received dues renewals by email today and can renew online by logging in to the AAHKS website. While you’re there, please take a moment to review your Profile information including current address,...

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Think Spring in New York

The 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting takes place May 2-4 in New York City, and registration is open now. Unique to the AAHKS Spring Meeting are the breakouts with faculty in small-group case discussions. Nowhere else will you experience the didactic one-on-one interaction...

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Top Video Views from AAHKS 2018

Attendees of the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting have been viewing videos of the presentations made at the podium. Available for the first time, these videos have been very popular. Here are the top clicks: Why Worry about the Pelvis, Symposium I: Simplifying the Concepts...

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Register for the next 1-hour webinar from AAHKS!

Total Knee Arthroplasty in End Stages of Degenerative Disease: The Articulation in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 8:00 p.m. (Central) Moderator: Adolph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS - Moderator Co-Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD...

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AAHKS Leadership Addressing Potentially Misvalued Codes

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified seven high volume current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as potentially misvalued, among which were 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty),...

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How Anthem Letter Triggered CPT Review

Orthopedics This Week published an article, “Anthem Lobbying Hard to Slash TKA, THA Pay,” which provides in-depth insight on the previously reported CMS call for review of seven potentially misvalued CPT codes. The article explains that the call for review was...

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New Articles Added to Patient Library

Four new articles have been added to the AAHKS patient education library. The AAHKS Patient and Publications Committee has published these to the AAHKS patient website. Please share with your patients. Going Home after Joint Replacement Surgery Traveling after Joint...

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Fast Facts from AAOS on TKR Projected Growth

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has developed a fact sheet and downloadable infographic of TKR projected growth statistics recently published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Some of the items highlighted include: By 2030, total knee replacement...

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Annual Meeting Presentation Videos Premiere!

AAHKS is pleased to announce that 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting video content is now available to all meeting participants. Review the Annual Meeting scientific sessions, symposia and award presentations in high-quality, on-demand videos. Please note that this is intended...

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CMS Releases Draft MIPS THA/TKA Complication Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), has developed claims-based hospital measures to assess the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by...

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Support Your PAC

by David A. Halsey, MD, AAOS President As you know, in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, CMS identified several potentially current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as “misvalued”, including 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for November 2018

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News items in November: Apply to Open Positions on AAHKS Committees Home Based PT Videos Added to Patient Education Library 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting Highlights CMS Surveys High-Volume Medicare Participants on THA...

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Registration Open for 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting

You can register and reserve your hotel room now for the 2019 AAHKS Spring Meeting taking place May 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan in New York. Unique to the AAHKS Spring Meeting are the breakouts with faculty in small-group case discussions. Nowhere else will you...

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AAHKS and AAOS Meet with CMS

Leaders from AAHKS and AAOS engaged with representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week to address the designation of hip and knee arthroplasty codes as “potentially misvalued” in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule,...

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Prior Authorization Burdens Add Up

A 2017 survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) showed that physicians report an increase in prior authorization (PA) burdens imposed by insurance companies and other payers. In the survey, 84% of physicians responded that the burden associated with PAs is...

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What Patients are Reading: Reps in the OR

The topic of whether industry representatives should be allowed in surgical operating rooms was recently discussed on the National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program. The accompanying article weighs the pros and cons of having representatives of hip and knee...

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CMS Surveys High Volume Medicare Participants on THA

AAHKS members may have received an email from Kathy Bryant, Senior Technical Advisor, Hospital and Ambulatory Payment Group, and accompanying letter from Carol Blackford, Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposal to Revalue THA and TKA Codes

CMS recently released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and identified seven high volume current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as potentially misvalued, among which were 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty). CMS...

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Claiming CME Credit for AAHKS 2018

If you attended the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting, you have received an email with a link to the evaluation survey. AAHKS uses the data collected from this survey to improve the Annual Meeting experience each year. Once you have completed the survey, you will be directed...

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2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting Highlights

“The Most Important Meeting on Adult Reconstruction in the World” AAHKS members and others gathered in Dallas this past weekend to learn about the latest research and techniques in adult reconstruction and bring actionable insights back to their practices. The size...

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Seema Verma to Open Physician Fee Schedule Call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a call on Monday, November 19 from 2:00 -3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss key topics of the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, will provide opening remarks on the call....

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Annual Meeting Breaks Attendance Record

The 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting kicked off on Thursday with the most attendees in history. More than 3,500 surgeons, clinical and non-clinical professionals, industry representatives and guests are registered for the Meeting, which runs through Sunday. Today’s agenda...

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DEA Alert: Extortion Scam

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued an alert regarding registrants receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for October 2018

The following AAHKS News articles were the most clicked in October: AAHKS Releases Position Statement on Outpatient Joint Replacement In Memoriam: Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD Download the AAHKS Annual Meeting App TXA Focus of October JOA Read these and other AAHKS...

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Your Checklist for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting

Registrations for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting have already surpassed last year’s – making it the most attended in our history. If you are planning on joining us in Dallas, we would like to remind you of some key points: Download the meeting app by searching “AAHKS”...

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In Memoriam: Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD

The orthopaedic community this week was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD. Dr. Rothman was a founding member of AAHKS and served as President from 1998-1999. He had a resounding impact in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty and a...

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Download the AAHKS Annual Meeting App

AAHKS has launched a new app for the 2018 AAHKS Annual Meeting. The app puts the schedule, speaker information, abstracts, exhibitors, floor plan and the Fun Run/Walk at your fingertips. You can download the app now in the Google Play and Apple stores. Search “AAHKS,”...

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Welcome to the 4,000th AAHKS Member!

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved the newest members to join AAHKS in a meeting on Wednesday. Included in the group is Herrick J. Siegel, MD of Birmingham, Alabama, who is the 4,000th member to join AAHKS. Dr. Siegel is the only orthopaedic oncologist in Alabama....

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Call to Join Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis Study

Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD, FARE Grant recipient, is seeking more institutions to join the Duke University prospective, randomized study, “Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty.” The study’s goal is to establish...

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CMS MIPS Field Testing Commences

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, will conduct field testing in October 2018 for 13 cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

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High School Health Care Club Checks Out Orthopaedics

The Chicago Tribune reported this week about Lyons Township High School students who observed a robotic surgery demonstration at La Grange Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago. The students, who belong to the Future Healthcare Professionals Club, were hosted by AAHKS...

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TXA Focus of October JOA

This month’s issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) features the AAHKS-initiated clinical practice guidelines for the use of tranexamic acid in total joint arthroplasty along with accompanying articles that “clarify how and when tranexamic acid should be used with...

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Lab-Grown Knee Cartilage Trial in Canada

The Canadian television network, CTV, in Toronto reported on an international clinical trial for knee cartilage injuries taking place at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario. Surgeons collect a cartilage sample from the patient and send it to a clinic in...

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Top AAHKS News Stories for September 2018

The following articles were the most clicked AAHKS News items in September 2018: What Are Joint Replacements Made Of? AAHKS 2018 Schedule Posted Online Tumor, Trauma Societies Endorse TXA Guideline Applications due for AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship To read the AAHKS...

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What are Joint Replacements Made Of?

The newest article added to the AAHKS patient education website explains in detail the parts of both hip and knee replacement implants. Here is the introduction: Hip and knee replacement surgery involve replacing the worn-out bone and cartilage lining your hip or knee...

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AAHKS in Uruguay This Week

AAHKS was represented this week at the co-branded meeting with the 20th Congress of the Uruguayan Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Montevideo, Uruguay. AAHKS International Committee Chair Rafael J. Sierra, MD provided the AAHKS 2017 Annual Meeting...

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Call for JOA Reviewers

The Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) is seeking volunteers to become reviewers. If you would like to be a part of the JOA, please email your statement of interest to Managing Editor, Taylor Bowen, at journalofarthroplasty@gmail.com. He will then send you instructions on...

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Important Dates Coming Up

Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Join the UKA Webinar at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Deadline to apply to the Women in Arthroplasty Committee Monday, October 1, 2018: Deadline to apply for the AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship Friday, October 12, 2018:...

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AAHKS Conducts Round of Senate Hill Visits

As Hurricane Florence bore down on the East Coast, former Health Policy Fellow and AAHKS Advocacy Committee member P. Maxwell Courtney, MD made the rounds on Capitol Hill Thursday. Accompanied by AAHKS lobbyists, the offices of 10 Senators from both sides of the aisle...

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