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GAO Finds No Over-Utilization by PT Self-Referrers

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on physical therapy utilization as part of a series reports examining the effect of the in-office ancillary services (IAOS) exception to the Stark Laws that generally prohibit self-referral. The report examined the utilization of services for physical therapy by physicians who employed physical therapists in their practice (“self-referrers”). The report… Read More

Physicians Can Review, Dispute Open Payments Data

The CMS has announced the opening of their Enterprise Portal where physicians can voluntarily register in order to review Open Payment data online. Record of payments or transfers of value given to physicians by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPO) will be made public later this year. Registered users will be able to dispute information with industry that… Read More

Burwell Appointed Head of HHS

The Washington Post reported this week that the Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Burwell will be sworn in on Monday, and will take on further implementation of the Affordable Care Act among other pressing health care issues. Read the full article from The Washington Post.

More Corporate Sponsor Visits

AAHKS Executive Director Mike Zarski, Director of Meetings and Education, Eileen Lusk, and Meetings and Industry Coordinator Jean Furlan met with representatives from DePuy Synthes and Zimmer at their respective Warsaw, Indiana headquarters this week. As new corporate partners with AAHKS, discussions included mutual commitments to educational support of orthopaedic fellows and residents, the AAHKS Annual Meeting, and… Read More

ConforMIS Joins AAHKS as Corporate Sponsor

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, ConforMIS Inc., is recognized as Bronze Corporate Sponsor. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we face together. About ConforMIS Inc.: They are a “privately held company that… Read More

Survey Sent on Alternative Payment Methods

All members were sent an email with a survey link (Subject: AAHKS Bundled Payment Survey) on Thursday afternoon, May 28, according to Eileen Lusk, Director of Meetings and Education. This survey is an important part of our efforts to learn more about members’ experience with alternate payment methods, as well as their impact on adult reconstruction surgeons. The… Read More

AAHKS Moves to Create Humanitarian Award – Highlight Humanitarian Efforts

The first meeting of the Task Force on Humanitarianism and Medical Mission Involvement met May 29, 2014. The Task Force adopted the following goals: To establish a Humanitarian Award to recognize AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad. To highlight humanitarian efforts of our members and the organizations… Read More

OIG Report Estimates Improper Payments for E/M Services Cost Medicare Billions

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates that Medicare inappropriately paid $6.7 billion for E/M services that were upcoded, downcoded, and/or lacked documentation in 2010. In response, CMS states that it will continue to issue education documents on E/M services and will collaborate with contractors to respond to questions and clarify policies when inconsistencies in billing practices… Read More

Chicago Tribune Reports on Bush Knee Replacement

This week, the Chicago Tribune and NBC-Channel 5 featured news of former President George W. Bush’s partial knee replacement surgery. The surgery took place at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Read the Chicago Tribune article.

International Member Appointed Full Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Pipino

Doctor Gennaro Pipino was appointed to Full Professor of Orthopaedics at LUde.S in Lugano, Switzerland  on May 22, 2014. Professor Pipino, director of the Complex Unit-Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Villa Regina hospital in Bologna,Italy, has considerable professional and classroom experience in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology. AAHKS joins the university in congratulating Professor Pipino and in wishing… Read More