Guided by the Health Policy Committee, AAHKS provides physicians and their patients comprehensive and timely analysis of health policy issues pertaining to hip and knee surgery. Each year, there are changes in regulations affecting patient care reimbursement for hip and knee surgery. AAHKS develops strategies to keep up with changes and to influence the law-making process. Advocacy is necessary to maintain adequate compensation and reimbursement for services performed by hip and knee surgeons, as well as to ensure the quality of patient care.

CMS Releases CY2020 OPPS and ASC Payment Systems Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule on July 29, 2019.  In the Rule CMS proposes to remove total hip arthroplasty (THA) from the CMS inpatient only list (IPO) and add total knee arthroplasty (TKA) to the Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Covered Surgical Procedures List (CPL) in CY 2020. AAHKS does not believe there has been adequate action to address the issues that arose from the removal of TKA from the IPO to now support the removal of THA. With regard to the proposed addition of TKA to the ASC CPL, it is imperative that standards and procedures are in place as part of this change to ensure patient safety. Full story.

Action Letters

AAHKS sends letters and signs on to letters with other organizations, which are sent to legislators and key health care positions within the administration. Read the letters.

Health Policy Fellowship

The goal of this program is to provide Fellows with the requisite exposure, training, and skills to prepare for the advocacy of health policy efforts of AAHKS. Full Details.

AAHKS Position Statements

AAHKS has issued statements on positions held regarding removal of total knee arthroplasty from the CMS IPO list and the CDC’s guideline on the use of antibiotics for SSI. Read statements.

The OrthoPAC

AAHKS is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) Advisor’s Circle, which allows us to work together to maximize our opportunities to make an impact in Washington, DC for the benefit of our members.

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