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Economics and the Shift to ASCs: SmartTRAK at AAHKS 2022

By Lisa Mahan on 11/29/22 9:30 AM

Highlighting the economic conversation at AAHKS 2022 changing the landscape of joint replacement

At the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 2022 Annual Meeting in Dallas, SmartTRAK identified economics as a leading conversation theme under the guise of other topics. AAHKS 2022 itself was not immune to rising economic pressures as many clinicians were rumored to have backed out of attending the meeting and several exhibiting companies scaled down their participation as well. Surgeons not only attended sessions to enhance their clinical knowledge, but they also discussed facing the challenges of reduced reimbursement. In the exhibit hall, Companies featured products and technologies seemingly geared towards the shift of hip and knee replacement procedures to the more cost-conscious ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.

Among the many topics covered in detail in the complete article, which can be downloaded here, are:

  • Economic Pressures
  • Reimbursement Challenges 
  • The Decline of CMS Physician Primary Hip Replacement Reimbursement
  • Manufacturers Targeting ASCs, including:
    • Smith& Nephew
    • ConFormMIS
    • Exactech
    • Maxx Medical
    • DePuy Synthes
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Could Reverse Hips Change the Total Hip Game?

By Lisa Mahan on 10/24/22 10:02 AM

Hip Innovation Technology is betting on its Reverse HRS Hip to change the practice of total hip replacement

Most recent innovations in hip replacement have focused on the use of new materials, new surgical approaches and new assistive technologies. However, one company, Hip Innovation Technology* (HIT), is betting on its investment to change the practice of total hip replacement with an innovative design resulting in the world’s first reverse hip system. The Company is getting even closer to realizing a payoff on this bet by receiving US FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval in January 2022 to initiate a pivotal multi-center clinical trial to evaluate the HIT Reverse Hip Replacement System (Reverse HRS)*. Most likely, HIT will be ready to submit for FDA approval of the device following the primary completion of the IDE trial slated for July 2026.

Who is Hip Innovation Technology?

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Hip Innovation Technology is a privately held company formed in 2011 with the vision of developing and marketing orthopedic device solutions. The Company got its start through a seed round of funding with an initial raise of $225K. George Diamantoni, chief executive officer, is also the founder and CEO of Joint Innovation Technology, HIT’s parent company. He has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry including positions at The Upjohn Company, Pharmacia Corporation, Pfize, and Schering Plough. Zafer Termanini, MD, FACS, the inventor of the Interlocking Reverse Hip, serves as the president and chief medical officer of HIT. Termanini, an orthopedic surgeon with over 30 years of experience, is also a Diplomate of the American College of Disability Analysts and the American College of Forensic Examiners, with specialties in Orthopedic and Joint Reconstruction, Sports Medicine and Biomechanical Analysis.

What is a Reverse Hip Replacement?

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What's New in the Total Joints Market?

By Lisa Mahan on 10/21/22 11:11 AM

In the market for Total Joint Replacement, companies continue to innovate with assistive technologies and new implants and instruments to advance clinical outcomes and increase efficiency of care. From new hip products optimized for the direct anterior approach to cementless knee solutions, companies are focusing on technologies that provide optimal outcomes whether surgeries are performed in a hospital, hospital outpatient or ASC setting. The following is a sample of SmartTRAK's recent Total Joints news and developments from around the world, compiled, curated and posted in real time by the expert analysts at SmartTRAK.

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New Products:
  • JNJ/DePuy Synthes*

    JNJ/DePuy Synthes did not discuss its new EMPHASYS hip implants during its Q322 earnings call. However, SmartTRAK would not be surprised to see the Company introduce the system at AAHKS 2022 with the EMPHASYS Cup* recently receiving 510(k) clearance to round out the platform.

  • Exactech announced the successful first surgeries and limited launch of the Novel Total Hip Arthroplasty System with the Spartan Stem* and Logical Cup* with full commercial US launch planned for H123. Exactech is a distributor of the implants supplied by Signature Orthopaedics*.

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Positive YoY Growth Despite Stronger Headwinds: Q222 Total Joints Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 9/7/22 9:30 AM

Despite stronger headwinds from slowing elective procedures, supply chain challenges and unfavorable foreign exchange rates, most total joint companies saw positive growth in Q222.

The WW Total Joints Market grew in Q222 despite slowing sequential growth compared to Q122’s growth. A slowdown in elective procedures late in the quarter along with continued supply chain challenges and the effect of foreign exchange rates resulted in stronger headwinds. SmartTRAK notes that several companies reported the carryover of these headwinds into Q3 that could dampen market recovery through year-end.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q222 Total Joints Market Recap* are:

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Procedure Volume Recovery Isn't The Only Trend: Q122 Total Joints Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 6/9/22 9:30 AM

Procedure volume recovery is not the only trend on SmartTRAK’s radar

Procedure volume recovery continues to be a trend on everyone’s radar from industry execs to healthcare providers. In Q122, the Knee Replacement Market in the US seemed to experience a much stronger recovery than Hips based on YoY growth rates, according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. However, Knees faced a much easier YoY comp as more knee procedures were postponed in Q121 compared to hips due to their more elective nature. Putting this into perspective, US Hip Market growth along with Knees reinforced the feeling that 2022 procedures will be closer to “normal” as the Total Joints Market recovers from the downsizing caused by COVID.  And, as the industry’s bandwidth for focusing on the pandemic decreases, the emphasis on other trends grows.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q122 Total Joints Market Recap* are:

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Total Joints: Trends to Watch in 2022

By Lisa Mahan on 5/16/22 10:27 AM

From economics to the ASC shift, SmartTRAK looks at the trends affecting the Total Joints Market

The start of the new year did not play out as so many of us had hoped. Heading into 2022, the next COVID surge reared its ugly head with the Omicron variant storming through countries around the globe. Healthcare facilities once again postponed elective procedures due to capacity issues and/or staff or patients being diagnosed with COVID. Overall inflation rose to a level that hasn’t been seen since the early 1980s. Looking ahead, is there a silver lining in this dark cloud? SmartTRAK believes the forecast is not all doom and gloom. Let’s look at some of the trends affecting the climate of the Total Joints market.

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