Practice Management Strategies Among Current Members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

  • Jay R. Lieberman
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Jay R. Lieberman, M.D. Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90033, Tel: 323-442-8117,
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    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
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  • Antonia F. Chen
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    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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  • Richard Iorio
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    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Published:January 10, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arth.2021.12.043

      Abstract

      Background

      A survey was conducted at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) to evaluate current practice management strategies among AAHKS members.

      Methods

      An app was used by AAHKS members to answer both multiple choice and yes or no questions. Specific questions were asked regarding the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on practice patterns.

      Results

      There was a dramatic acceleration in same day total joint arthroplasty (TJA) with 85% of AAHKS members performing same day TJA. More AAHKS members remain in private practice (46%) than other practice types, while fee for service (34%) and RVUs (26%) are the major form of compensation. At the present time, 93% of practices are experiencing staffing shortages and these shortages are having an impact on surgical volume.

      Conclusion

      This survey elucidates the current practice patterns of AAHKS members. The pandemic has had a significant impact on some aspects of practice activity. Future surveys need to monitor changes in practice patterns over time.

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        Practice Management Strategies Among Current Members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
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