American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


AAHKS Comments on CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its fiscal year 2019 proposed rule for hospital inpatient proposed payment systems (IPPS) for comment. The topics covered in our comment letter include support for the proposed new MS-DRG assignments for procedures involving open removal and insertion of spacers into hip and knee joints, the removal of reporting measures… 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

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