American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


AAHKS Back in Washington Discussing E/M Codes

AAHKS Advocacy Committee member, Eric A. Levicoff, MD met with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Eric D. Hargan and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Principal Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas on Friday to offer reaction to proposed changes to E/M coding under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Dr. Levicoff… Read More

Discussing Health Policy in DC This Week


AAHKS Health Policy Chair James “Hutch” I. Huddleston, MD and AAOS First Vice President Kristy L. Weber, MD met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Adam Boehler this week to introduce the societies to the new director as well as to discuss the consequences of recent policies on hip and knee patient care. Dr.… Read More

CMS Seeks Provider Input on Possible Changes to Stark Regulations

On June 20, 2018, CMS released a Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law. The “Stark Law” is intended to disconnect a physician’s health care decision making from his or her financial interests in other providers or suppliers. CMS is aware of the burdensome effect Stark Law regulations can have on parties wishing to participate in integrated… Read More

AAHKS Represented at AMA House of Delegates

by Linda I. Suleiman, MD The American Medical Association’s Annual House of Delegates Meeting took place this past week in Chicago. While AAHKS no longer has a seat in the House, we are represented. AAHKS 2018-2019 Health Policy Fellow Linda Suleiman, MD, a fellow at Rush University Medical Center and AAHKS AMA Delegate Chris Dangles, MD, represented AAHKS… Read More

AAHKS at Top Level of Advisor’s Circle


AAHKS has moved to the top Advisors’ Circle level of the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC), our PAC representing orthopaedic surgeons in Washington. You can help strengthen the AAHKS advocacy efforts by conveniently contributing to OrthoPAC from your phone now. Text “AAHKS” to the number 41444, and follow the link (or visit For just $84 a month… Read More

AAHKS Signs on to Letter Re: APRN Compact

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact (APRN Compact), a product of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), creates a multistate license for all four types of APRNs that threatens to undermine state scope of practice laws. Specifically, the APRN Compact would supersede state laws that require APRNs to practice under physician supervision, collaboration, or oversight,… Read More

Update on Federal Opioid Policy

There are recent developments in federal actions related to prevention, treatment and enforcement related to opioid addiction in the U.S. A report from the AAHKS advocacy partner, Epstein Becker & Green, provides details on: The 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act providing $3.3 billion The White House Plan The March 8th Senate hearing with state leaders The March 21st and… Read More

MedPAC Recommends MIPS Elimination – FAQ

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently published its semiannual report to Congress, which includes a recommendation to eliminate the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). While MedPAC has recommended the elimination of MIPS on more than one occasion, Congress is not likely to take action on repealing MIPS and will leave any changes to the Centers for Medicare… Read More

Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) Advisor’s Circle, which provides participants with a leadership role, met at last week’s AAOS Annual Meeting. AAHKS’s participation in the Advisor’s Circle allows us to work with OrthoPAC to maximize our opportunities to make an impact in Washington, DC for the benefit of our members. You too can help… Read More

Federal Opioid Policy Update

Last week, there were developments in federal actions related to prevention, treatment and enforcement related to opioids. The AAHKS advocacy firm, Epstein Becker & Green, has prepared a synopsis of these activities including the White House Opioid Summit, a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Here is… Read More