Studies Document Change in Arthroplasty Care

Two recent studies show that hip and knee surgeons are performing more work prior to the procedure to optimize patients and achieve better outcomes. Team Approach: Perioperative Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty Perioperative Orthopedic Surgical Home:...

AAHKS Comments on CMS OPPS and PFS Proposed Rules

Last week, AAHKS sent our comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on two proposed rules for calendar year 2020. The proposed changes to the CMS Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Systems included...

Medicare Spending vs. Private Insurance

Healthcare Finance reported on a University of Michigan study that concluded “the Medicare system spends far more than it probably needs to on post-hospital care.” Looking at post-hospital care provided at home, in skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and...

AAHKS Signs on to E/M Code Value Revision Letter

AAHKS, along with 52 other medical organizations, submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH to express opposition to a proposal in the 2020 CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule “not to incorporate into the global codes the adjusted values...

AAHKS Submits CMS RFI on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

This week, AAHKS responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services’ (CMS) Request for Information (RFI): Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork. Our comments included discussion of the “significant confusion among providers and...
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