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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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Discussing Health Policy in DC This Week

CMMI, AAHKS and AAOS

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

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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 www.aaos.org/PAC). For just $84 a month… 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

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

AAHKS Legislative Retreat Puts Focus on Patient Care

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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