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AMA Helps Physicians Save Money and Reduce Administrative Burdens

During the Keynote session at the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting, Andrew W. Gurman, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association (AMA) noted that the AMA recently lobbied to insure that health plans can’t force physicians to accept payment via virtual credit cards, as these cards are associated with exorbitant fees. The AMA offers electronic transaction toolkits for extensive… Read More

CMS Final Rule Alters CJR Participation and Cancels Mandatory Episode Payment Models

On November 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule, “Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR).” This action finalizes policies… Read More

AAHKS Interprets “Two-Midnight Rule” for TKA

Following the announcement that total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is being removed from the inpatient only list in the most recent CMS CY18 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems (HOPPS) rule, AAHKS and our regulatory firm Epstein Becker & Green discussed with CMS Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group staff the interpretation of the “Two-Midnight Rule”… 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

OA Study Shows How Patients Treat Hip/Knee Pain

MedPage Today reported, “Osteoarthritis (OA) patients may be underusing physical therapy, knee joint injections, and topical creams to treat pain and other symptoms, according to the results of a secondary analysis of three clinical trials in North Carolina. Across the three studies, 39% to 52% of patients with symptomatic hip or knee OA ever had used physical therapy,… Read More

Top AAHKS News Clicks for November 2017

The following AAHKS News articles were the most clicked in November: AAHKS Issues Position Statement on CDC Antibiotics Guideline 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting Final Program AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting Gallery