As you know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified current procedural terminology (CPT) codes 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty) as potentially misvalued in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. CMS requested the RUC (Relative Value Update Committee) of the American Medical Association re-evaluate the work for these procedures. As AAHKS President Craig J. Della Valle has stated, “Our members have worked very hard over the past decade to improve the quality of care they provide for patients undergoing hip and knee arthroplasty while simultaneously lowering costs. Given the high societal value that these procedures provide, penalizing the surgeon for improvements in care seems unfair, misguided, and may threaten access to care.” As part of our work to advocate for you, we need your input.
If you have not already done so, please complete this survey about your practice related to Medicare, which will help us learn more about the state of the profession in 2018 and guide our response to CMS and the AMA RUC. The survey should take approximately six minutes to complete and the data received will be invaluable to ensuring we have the best possible practice data for TKA and THA. All responses will remain anonymous.