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New “Better Care Reconciliation Act” Summarized

US Senate Republicans released the Better Care Reconciliation Act on June 22, which proposes to undo core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while leaving many of that law’s lesser known features intact. It also picks up the US House of Representative’s fundamental redesign of the current Medicaid program. Epstein Becker & Green prepared this summary for… Read More

AAHKS Participating in HHS Roundtable and Hill Visits

Tom Price and Mark Froimson

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, MD and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH hosted a trio of roundtable discussions this week to discuss regulatory burdens imposed on physicians by HHS/CMS that interfere or have the potential to interfere with the physician-patient relationship. AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD and Health Policy Council Chair… Read More

UCLA Residents Sponsored for AAHKS Membership

In the interest of benefiting AAHKS and the orthopaedic training program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Benjamin C. Bengs, MD is serving as a reference and sponsor for residents interested in pursuing a career in arthroplasty. “I believe this will improve their overall orthopaedic surgery education and enhance their arthroplasty experience during training. Most of… Read More

Get Ready for “Pick Your Pace” Week

AAHKS is joining the American Medical Association (AMA) in “Pick Your Pace” week to address questions about the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) administered by CMS. In its first year, physicians can pick their own pace for Medicare reporting. If physicians report only one measure… Read More

AAHKS/ACR Publish New Joint Infection Guideline

New guideline

According to a new guideline released by AAHKS and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), the risk of joint infection resulting from total hip and knee replacements can be reduced with careful management of anti-rheumatic medications during the perioperative process. The guideline represents the first time rheumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons have collaborated to develop recommendations. “Periprosthetic joint infection… Read More

2017 AMA House of Delegates Report

At this week’s American Medical Association Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, over two hundred reports and resolutions were monitored or supported by the Orthopedic Section Council. Topics included: Decreasing the burden of pre-certification Interoperability of the EMR Increased funding for Veterans’ Choice Programs Consistency in MOC Developing model hospital bylaws Supporting the American College of Surgeons’ recommendations… Read More

AAHKS Falls below AMA Threshold

AAHKS has participated in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates for 17 years and through our presence represented the distinct interests of AAHKS members. As we have experienced a period of rapid growth for our association, we have fallen below the AMA’s required 20% threshold of AAHKS members who also belong to the AMA. AAHKS members… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

AAHKS submitted comments to CMS this week regarding the proposed rule, “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates.” Our comments were guided by three principles: Payment reform is most effective when physician-led. The burden of excessive physician… Read More

British Researchers Conducting Joint Infection Trial

The University of Bristol in England has started a randomized trial to investigate why some patients develop infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery, and which type of surgical revision treatment is best. According to Medical Xpress, members of the public are being asked to take part in the trial. “The NIHR-funded INFORM (Infection – Orthopaedic Management)… Read More

What Patients are Viewing: New Hip/Knee Techniques

Dr. Max Gomez of CBS New York featured a story this week that focuses on new technologies in hip and knee replacement surgery that make recovery quicker. Dr. Gomez reports, “Total joint replacements are now being done in younger and much older patients — younger because knees and hips are easily lasting 20, even 30 years and more,… Read More