Advertisement

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘CMS’

CMS Delayed in Sending Claims Data

“Hospitals and physician groups that want to participate in the CMS’ new Medicare bundled-payment demonstration are sweating because the agency is behind schedule in giving providers the claims data they need to decide which care bundles to select,” reported Modern Healthcare this week. CMS was due to share claims data with groups who volunteered to participate in the… Read More

AAHKS Meets with CMS on TKA/IPO Removal Issue

AAHKS President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Immediate Past President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Health Policy Council Chair James I. Huddleston, MD and AAHKS staff were joined by AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD and staff at a meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff this week in Washington, DC. Attendees met with more… Read More

CMMI Releases Comments on New Direction for Future Activities

In November, AAHKS provided comments to the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which sent out a New Direction Request for Information (RFI) to help guide CMMI on future activities. This week they released the comments received from more than 1,000 medical societies, physician practices and health systems. According to CMS, comments covered a wide variety… Read More

CMS Looking for Coding Feedback

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for physicians and non-physician practitioners to provide feedback on Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on potential updates to the E/M guidelines to reduce burden and better align coding and documentation with the current practice of medicine. The listening session on March 21, 2018… 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

AHA Asks CMS to Delay BPCI-Advanced Deadline

Modern Healthcare reported that the American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “make available more information by March 1 and then delay the application deadline from March 12 to April 16” for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model. The AHA letter cited the need for more details and… Read More

CMS Makes 2017 Performance Scores Available

Eligible clinicians participating in MIPS as an individual who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for MIPS via claims can view their performance scores through the MIPS data submission feature. Claims-based quality measures are calculated automatically by CMS based on the Quality Data Codes (G-codes) submitted on 2017 claims. March 1, 2018 is the deadline to submit 2017 claims… 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