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Arthroplasty Today Adds New Social Media Editor

The AAHKS Board of Directors approved a new Social Media Editor position for the Arthroplasty Today Editorial Board. LTC Jaime L. Bellamy, DO, MS started her new position on July 1, 2020. Dr. Bellamy is Chief of the Orthopaedics Service at Womack Army Medical Center...

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AAHKS Signs Scope of Practice Letter to VA

On June 24, AAHKS joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 85 other specialty and state societies expressing concerns about the Health Care Practice in Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Memorandum published by the Under Secretary of Health on April 21, 2020....

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AJRR Surpasses 2M Procedures

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Registry Program announced that it surpassed its two millionth hip and knee procedure with the input of data from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. David D. Lewallen, MD,...

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AAHKS Comments on CJR Extension Proposed Rule

This week AAHKS submitted comments regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule to extend the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing. The proposed rule seeks to...

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Dear AAHKS Members, Thank You for Your Advocacy!

Last week, AAHKS sought assistance from members in circulating a letter authored by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) urging CMS to maintain current reimbursement for total hip and knee arthroplasty....

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Making the Anterior Approach More Approachable

MicroPort While the anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty (THA) has excellent clinical outcomes, there are compromises associated with this approach, including the need for short femoral stems and offset instrumentation. In this session, surgeon faculty will...

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Higher Percentage of Members Report Back to Work

AAHKS has completed the fourth member survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of hip and knee replacement surgery. This survey focused on continued change and re-opening plans and processes. Here are some of the data we have collected: 61% all...

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June Issue Marks Arthroplasty Today Milestone

Arthroplasty Today Editor-in-Chief Gregory J. Golladay, MD, notes a milestone in the AAHKS publication now in its sixth year, “The June 2020 issue marks the first in the history of Arthroplasty Today to be published with article-based publishing. This means that the...

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Knee Replacement Surgery: A Patient Journey

The newest educational video from AAHKS follows the journey of one patient as she anticipates knee replacement surgery. The video illustrates the sections of the knee and when joint disease indicates whether a patient may need a partial knee replacement or a total...

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Invitation – Dr. Roger Marshall Virtual Event

Fellow physician and Congressman Roger Marshall, MD currently serves in the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. As a physician and leader for hip and knee surgeons, we wanted to provide a unique opportunity to support one of our own and put more doctors in the U.S....

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AJRR Collecting COVID-19 Data

Effective immediately, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Registry Program is collecting COVID-19 data through the capture of the ICD-10 code for COVID-19 confirmed diagnosis: U07.1. The new code is enabled across each of the AAOS registries,...

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DAA Study in JOA Sparks Discussion

The article, “A Comparison of Risk of Dislocation and Cause-Specific Revision Between Direct Anterior and Posterior Approach Following Elective Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty,” published in the June issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) compares the...

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What is my hip replacement made of?

AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Chair, Brett R. Levine, MD, narrates the first in a series of videos for patients that provide clear explanation of topics in hip and knee replacement surgery. The video, “What is my hip replacement made of?” explains and shows the...

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This Year’s Abstract Submissions Top 2019

In a year that saw elective surgeries suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and bring arthroplasty practice to all but a halt, research prevailed. By the deadline on Monday night, more abstracts were submitted for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting than ever before. It’s...

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The Next AAHKS Webinar: Tips to Modernize Your Practice

Moderator Anna R. Cohen-Rosenblum, MD invites AAHKS members to the next webinar, “Practice Made Perfect: Tips to Modernize Your Practice.” Attendees will learn: Effective ways to use social media, videos and podcasts to enhance your practice. How to implement and...

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AAHKS Comments on CJR Final Rule

This week AAHKS submitted comment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its interim final rule with comment period (IFC) to give Medicare providers needed flexibilities to respond effectively to the serious public health threats posed by the spread...

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AAHKS Representatives Attend Virtual BOS Meeting

The AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) was supposed to be held this week in Washington, DC, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has gone virtual. AAHKS Third Vice President David A. Halsey, MD and AAHKS Board of Orthopaedic Specialties...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for May 2020

The following articles were the most clicked last month: Arthroplasty Practice Resumes Arthroplasty During the COVID-19 Pandemic Removal of TKA from IPO Foreshadows THA and Spine Surgery CMS Reevaluates Accelerated and Advanced Payment Programs Visit the AAHKS News...

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Last Weekend to Submit Abstracts for AAHKS 2020

This is the last call to submit abstracts for consideration by the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Committee. Abstracts will be selected for podium and poster content to be presented at the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting taking place in Dallas. Abstracts are due by 11:59...

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AAHKS is On

Plans for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting are proceeding in an unprecedented way this year as the AAHKS Program Committee adjusts for a safe, socially responsible gathering. R. Michael Meneghini, MD, Program Chair, invites you on behalf of AAHKS President C. Lowry...

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CMS Releases IPPS Proposed Rule

On May 11, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for service furnished under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for acute and...

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Watch Replay of Return to Practice Webinar

The recording of the AAHKS webinar, “The Effects of COVID-19 on Arthroplasty Practice: Where do we go from here?,” is now available here. Moderators Jeffrey B. Stambough, MD and C. Lowry Barnes, MD covered arthroplasty practice transformations due to the COVID-19...

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New AAHKS Podcast: Value-Based Care

AAHKS leaders in the value-based care space discuss their work with CMS and how they address value-based care in their institutions. Topics How value-based care came about Challenges in arthroplasty practice Removal of total hip and total knee arthroplasty from the...

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Arthroplasty Research Featured from AAOS 2020

Orthopedics Today covers research submitted to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2020 Annual Meeting in a channel dedicated to the event that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Articles include interviews with authors and editorial perspectives. The...

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Majority of Patients Tested for COVID-19 Prior to TJA

The latest survey of AAHKS members taken during the COVID-19 pandemic includes feedback on the return to elective total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Members reported on surgical safeguards, new protocols and financial relief. These are a few highlights: 11% performing...

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CAS 101 for Patients

This excerpt from a new article in the patient education library that covers the basics of computer assisted surgery: Historically, the majority of patients have been satisfied with their joint replacements using conventional methods. Technology is another tool that...

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Arthroplasty Practice Resumes

With many statewide executive orders allowing elective surgeries to resume in phases, hip and knee arthroplasty is resuming at many institutions. Ten surgeon leaders shared their strategies for ramping back up in a conversation with Becker’s Spine Review. Also this...

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CMS Raises Reimbursement for Telephone Visits

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued another round of regulatory waivers, which included raising reimbursement for physicians and other health care providers for audio-only Medicare telephone visits. CMS is “increasing payments for these...

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CARES Act Paperwork Submission Deadline Extended

CMS announced this week that they have extended the deadline for acceptance of terms and conditions for receiving CARES Act relief funding from 30 to 45 days. Per CMS, “As an example, the initial 30-day deadline for providers who received payment on April 10, 2020, is...

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Establishing Telemedicine in TJA Practice

The article, “Establishing Telemedicine in an Academic Total Joint Arthroplasty Practice: Needs and Opportunities Highlighted by the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published in Arthroplasty Today provides practical guidance for introducing telemedicine into total joint...

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Spring FARE Grant Awards Two Studies

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced the recipients of two FARE grants for the spring 2020 cycle. “Metal Artifact Reduction Sequence MRI Abnormalities in Asymptomatic Patients with Dual Mobility Hip Prostheses,” submitted by Jay...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for April 2020

These articles were the most clicked in April 2020: AAHKS Letter to HHS Details COVID-19 Impact on Surgeons AAHKS Publishes CPGs on Perioperative Anesthesia and Analgesia JOA Special COVID-19 Supplement The COVID-19 Effect on Arthroplasty Practice: Where do we go from...

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JOA Special COVID-19 Supplement

Articles on the COVID-19 pandemic are published online as part of a special Journal of Arthroplasty supplement. Articles covering resuming practice, outpatient hip and knee arthroplasty, first-hand experiences, effect on practices, educating patients, digital...

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2020 AAHKS Match Fills 208 Positions

The Adult Reconstruction/Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Match took place on April 21, 2020 with 275 applicants. A total of 116 programs offered 219 positions for 2021 placement. A record number of 208 positions were filled with 11 remaining open – four positions...

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AAHKS Surveys Members on COVID-19 Impact

AAHKS has surveyed members on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of hip and knee replacement surgery. Here are some of the data we have collected: 92% of hospitals have stopped elective inpatient surgery 35% are doing more non-surgical orthopaedic...

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FOCAL Sessions Engaging Trainees

For the third week and counting, AAHKS members are presenting daily lessons in an interactive classroom for arthroplasty fellows and senior residents. In the 12th session of the Fellows Online COVID-19 AAHKS Learning (FOCAL) initiative, Christopher E. Pelt, MD and...

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AAHKS Meets with HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan

Following our letter last week to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, leadership was meet with HHS Deputy Secretary via conference call. The call included a briefing to the officials on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our...

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CMS COVID-19 Action to Date

CMS published a summary of actions taken to ensure clinicians have maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to providing patient care during the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits,...

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OrthoEvidence Covers Orthopaedics during COVID-19

ACE reports from OrthoEvidence provide short summaries of original research published in leading journals like the Journal of Arthroplasty. The new COVID-19 Resource Centre provides evidence-based best practices and full-text articles in open-access. In addition,...

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Help for AAHKS Members During COVID-19

These latest resources are posted in the COVID-19 resource center on the AAHKS website: CMS Eligibility and Steps for Accelerated and Advanced Payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a fact sheet on eligibility and steps for accelerated...

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AAHKS Signs on to CMS Letter for E/M Surgical Codes

AAHKS joined more than 35 other state and specialty societies in signing on to an AAOS letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma this week. The letter expresses concern that CMS did not accept the AMA Relative Value Update...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for March 2020

The following articles were the most clicked last month: Read the March Issue of Arthroplasty Today Joint Care at Home During COVID-19 Surgeons Raise Awareness of Gender Bias in New AAHKS Video COVID-19 Resources You Can Use...

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AAHKS Submission Period Opens April 1

30th AAHKS Annual Meeting Program Chair, R. Michael Meneghini, MD, and the Program Committee invite abstract submissions and symposium proposals for the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting. The submission period will open on the AAHKS website on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Please...

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Finalists Selected for 2020 Spring FARE Grant

The Foundation for Arthroplasty Research and Education (FARE) has announced the finalists for the 2020 Spring FARE Grants: Nicholas A. Bedard, MD, University of Iowa Antibiotic Prophylaxis in High-Risk Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients Antonia F. Chen, MD,...

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In Memoriam: William G. DeLong Jr., MD

AAHKS member William G. DeLong Jr., MD died on March 13, 2020 in Camden, New Jersey at the age of 71. Dr. DeLong was the Network Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Penn. He was also a former team physician for the...

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Read the March 2020 Issue of Arthroplasty Today

Here are the highlighted articles from the open-access journal from AAHKS: A tribute to Brian J. McGrory, MD Gregory J. Golladay Early failure of sequentially annealed polyethylene in total knee arthroplasty Kevin A. Sonn and R. Michael Meneghini Polyethylene liner...

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Save the Date for AAOS Business Meetings

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced that members will be able to participate in the Open Hearings and Business Meetings through a virtual platform. This will be in place of the in-person meetings that were to be held at the AAOS Annual...

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ACGME, ABOS Call for Nominations

The AMA Council on Medical Education is currently soliciting candidates for AMA nomination opportunities with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Board of Directors....

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EBG Brief: Supreme Court to Review ACA Again

On March 2, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Democratic state attorneys general challenging a lower court ruling that legislative changes to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate rendered the entire law unconstitutional. In 2017, 20...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for February 2020

The following news items were the most clicked in AAHKS News during February: Open Access Highlights from the March Issue of JOA Recognizing and Treating Metal Allergy Abnormal Findings in Majority of Asymptomatic Adult Knees AAHKS Podcast Offers Practical Tips for...

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AAHKS Leaders Advocating for Joint Surgeons

More than 40 AAHKS leaders convened in our nation’s capital this week, along with representatives from AAOS, The Hip Society and The Knee Society, to meet with more than 50 Congressional offices and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). They discussed...

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Next AJRR Webinar: 10-Year Look Back

Date: March 5, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST) Webinar Director: Philip Dwyer, AAOS Registry Engagement Manager 2019 marked the AJRR’s 10th year. With more than 1,800,000 procedures, the AJRR is the largest hip and knee arthroplasty registry in the world by...

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Call For Member Research Surveys

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

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Reminder to Complete 2020 TJA IPO Removal Poll

AAHKS members in current practice should have received a request from AAHKS to complete a new poll regarding consequences of the 2018 removal of total knee arthroplasty and the 2020 removal of total hip arthroplasty from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

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Open Access Highlights from the March Issue of JOA

The March issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) has published online and in the JOA app. Open access highlights with full-text available without a subscription include: Determining and Achieving Target Limb-Length and Offset in Total Hip Arthroplasty using...

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Next AAHKS Webinar: Patient Engagement Platforms

AAHKS is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT), "Patient Engagement Platforms: What are they and what can they offer my patients and practice?" The webinar will provide an overview of current patient engagement platforms utilized perioperatively...

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Arthroplasty Today Call for Reviewers

Gregory J. Golladay, MD, has announced a call for reviewers to join a growing team of volunteers for Arthroplasty Today. The open-access AAHKS case report journal is indexed in PubMed Central and has started 2020 with a record number of submitted manuscripts. Send CV...

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Top AAHKS News Clicks for January 2020

These were the most clicked articles from the AAHKS News in January: Recognizing and Treating Metal Allergy When Same Day Surgery is Right for You JOA Study Says TXA OK for High Risk Patients Literature Review: Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty New Study Shows...

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New Study Shows Underutilization of TKA in OA Patients

A new study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, “Examining Timeliness of Total Knee Replacement Among Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis in the U.S.: Results from the OAI and MOST Longitudinal Cohorts,” looked at utilization for total knee arthroplasty...

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