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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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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

AAHKS, AAOS Comment to CMS on Pressing Issues

AAHKS signed on to an AAOS comment letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, regarding issues with Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A). While BPCI-A is a welcome new model for bundled payments for many orthopaedic procedures, this letter speaks to some problems with the model, including the fact that Comprehensive Care… Read More

Health Care Provisions in New US Budget Act Explained

On February 9, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Bipartisan Budget of Act of 2018. While the Budget Act primarily provides stopgap funding for the government operations through March 23, the legislation also includes several dozen provisions related to health care – including telehealth. These provisions are largely taken from the Creating… Read More

AAHKS Legislative Retreat Puts Focus on Patient Care

Pat Toomey's office

On Friday, a contingent of the AAHKS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs, Health Policy Fellows, local AAHKS members, AAHKS staff and from The Hip Society met in Washington, D.C. for a day of advocacy action as part of a two-day legislative retreat focused on the care of hip and knee patients. Congressman Roger Marshall, MD… Read More

Senate Confirms New HHS Head

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to The Hill, Azar served previously under George W. Bush as HHS general counsel and also as deputy secretary. Most recently, Azar held the president position at pharmaceutical company, Lilly USA. Full story.

AAHKS Attends AMA RUC

AAHKS was represented at last week’s American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) meeting in order to monitor issues related payment valuation. The RUC is the AMA body that describes the resources and time required to provide physician services in developing RVUs and makes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The RUC… Read More

AAHKS and AAOS Leaders Spend the Day with CMS, on Capitol Hill

Richard Iorio, MD, Chair, AAHKS Health Policy Council, was in Washington, DC on Monday for meetings with CMS and CMMI staff. Dr. Iorio was joined by AAHKS and AAOS staff in discussions about the TJA bundled payment projects and the need to improve them through risk stratification, target pricing methodology, and physician initiation. This comes with the revision… Read More