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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Legislation’

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

AAHKS Comments on MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing for TKA Draft Measure

AAHKS and The Knee Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Acumen, LLC regarding its MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing. Comments involved both the TKA draft cost measure itself and what information it collects, but also the reports that are generated for physicians’ use and the difficulty in accessing and reviewing… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMMI New Direction Request for Information

AAHKS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (“Innovation Center” or CMMI) New Direction Request for Information (RFI). AAHKS is guided by its three principles: payment reform is most effective when physician-led; the burden of excessive physician reporting on metrics detracts from care; and patient access,… Read More

AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule

AAHKS released a statement regarding the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1. CMS finalized their earlier proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list (IPO). This means that Medicare will now reimburse TKA procedures performed on an… Read More

AAHKS Comments on Two CMS Proposed Rules

AAHKS has commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule (HOPPS) and the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (MPFS). In the HOPPS proposed rule, CMS requested input on removing TKA from the inpatient only (IPO) list as well as… Read More

AAHKS Submits Recommendations to House

Following up on our previous report regarding Congress seeking input regarding Medicare burdens, this week AAHKS submitted 10 recommendations for Medicare regulatory and statutory relief to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health. These new recommendations, submitted to the Committee’s “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” highlight some of the recommendations previously submitted… Read More

Health Policy Fellowship: Apply Now

AAHKS Health Policy Fellows report that the experience provides them with the opportunity to engage with legislators on issues important to hip and knee surgeons and also to receive mentoring from AAHKS leaders. This part-time fellowship can be integrated into a full-time practice or training program. If you would like to learn about health policy and actively participate… Read More

US Congress Seeking Input to Reduce Medicare Burdens

The US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Health Subcommittee announced that it is seeking input from healthcare providers to find legislative and regulatory burdens in Medicare that can be eliminated or changed. In June, AAHKS members provided input on this issue in order to present a list of priority burdens to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD. Click… Read More

New “Better Care Reconciliation Act” Summarized

US Senate Republicans released the Better Care Reconciliation Act on June 22, which proposes to undo core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while leaving many of that law’s lesser known features intact. It also picks up the US House of Representative’s fundamental redesign of the current Medicaid program. Epstein Becker & Green prepared this summary for… Read More

AAHKS Participating in HHS Roundtable and Hill Visits

Tom Price and Mark Froimson

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, MD and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH hosted a trio of roundtable discussions this week to discuss regulatory burdens imposed on physicians by HHS/CMS that interfere or have the potential to interfere with the physician-patient relationship. AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD and Health Policy Council Chair… Read More