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What you need to know about shoulder pain — and shoulder surgery

Source: Chicago Tribune The part of the body we call the shoulder consists of several joints that work with tendons and muscles to allow the arm to move in many directions. We can bowl a perfect game or reach the top shelf thanks to this system of joints, muscles and tendons. However, it is possible […]

Imaging identifies cartilage regeneration in long-distance runners

Source: RSNA News Using a mobile MRI truck, researchers followed runners for 4,500 kilometers through Europe to study the physical limits and adaptation of athletes over a 64-day period, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Read more

BLOG: Hardware complications in revision ACL reconstruction take careful consideration

Source: Healio Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is a commonly performed orthopedic procedure with more than 100,000 reconstructions performed annually in the United States. Despite improved surgical techniques and rehabilitation protocols, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction failure rates range from 5% to 25%. Read more

This Week’s Featured Symposia

The following symposia will take place at the 25th AAHKS Annual Meeting. Register and make hotel reservations. ERAS principles in multimodal approach to pain management: Bridge to outpatient total joints, supported by Halyard Health Thursday, November 6, 2015 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Enhanced Recovery after Orthopedic Surgery (ERAS) pathways utilizing perioperative and postoperative multimodal pain […]

Visit to Smith & Nephew

Michael J. Zarski, JD, AAHKS Executive Director and Jean Furlan, Manager of Corporate Relations traveled to Smith & Nephew Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee to meet with Tommy Thompson, Director, Convention Services, John Clausen , PhD Vice President of Reconstruction-Hips and Knee, Lauralan Grisoni, Vice President of Reconstruction-Knees. Discussions focused on common goals through 2016. Mike […]

CMS to Drop CCJR Acronym

CMS officials have promised to drop the acronym “CCJR” from the proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, currently in public comment period. AAHKS affiliate member A. Seth Greenwald, D.Phil.(Oxon), called their attention to his long-standing “Current Concepts in Joint Replacement” trademarked conference. Read the letter from CMS

BMJ Case Report Looks at Flossing and Joint Infection

The case report “Streptococcus gordonii prosthetic joint infection in the setting of vigorous dental flossing” was published this month in the British Medical Journal. The report examines an incident of a 65-year old woman who developed sudden onset knee pain and swelling after her knee replacement five years prior. “She had voluntarily starting a vigorous […]

Vendor Data Errors Discovered in PQRS

The AMA reported that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discovered errors in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data submitted by vendors on behalf of physicians and group practices that reported via electronic health records (EHR) and qualified clinical data registries (QCDR). Physicians who participated and reported in 2014 PQRS through […]

CMS THA/TKA Payment Measure Dry Run

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a confidential hospital reporting period (dry run) for a new claims-based measure from August 24 – September 22, 2015. CMS added the measure to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and subsequent years (see FY 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective […]

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