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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Advocacy’

Congress Introduces DXA Test Legislation

AAHKS signed on to a letter with the AAOS thanking Members of Congress for introducing the “Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2017.” The legislation will help “ensure that patients have access to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) testing by creating a reimbursement rate floor for a DXA test administered in a doctor’s office. DXA… Read More

AAHKS Joins OrthoPAC Advisor’s Circle

AAHKS has joined the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) Advisor’s Circle which provides participants with a leadership role. AAHKS’s support allows us to work with OrthoPAC to maximize our opportunities to make an impact in Washington, DC for the benefit of our members. Two AAHKS representatives will join the OrthoPAC leadership as part of the… Read More

AMA Regulatory Relief Activities

The American Medical Association (AMA) has convened workgroups on Quality Payment Programs and on regulatory relief – both topics with which AAHKS is also involved. AMA has made recommendations on issues such as physician-focused Advanced Payment Models (APM), increased APM opportunities for physicians, giving specialty societies more of a say in the importance of relevant measures, revision of… Read More

CMS Finalized Delay of EPMs

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially finalized its plan to delay the start of a bundled payment initiative for episode payment models (EPMs) from October 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018 following a previous three-month delay. Under the EPM initiative, acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will be… Read More

Make Our Voice Heard in the AMA

Hip and knee surgery is a small subspecialty, but the AMA is the country’s largest and most visible physician society. Because we help guide the AMA’s direction through a seat in the AMA HOD, the CPT and RUC, the AMA amplifies our voice at both federal and state levels. Hip and knee surgeons cannot afford to be sidelined… Read More

Tom Price Meets with AAHKS in DC

A leadership delegation from AAHKS met with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD and his health policy counselor in Washington, DC this week to discuss pertinent health care topics. AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Immediate Past President William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS, AAHKS First Vice President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Advocacy Council… Read More

More Capitol Hill Visits During NOLC

AAHKS at NOLC

Concluding a busy week in Washington, AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Past President William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS, AAHKS First Vice President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Advocacy Council Chair Richard Iorio, MD and Evidence Based Medicine Committee Chair Adolph J. Yates, MD were joined by 2016-2017 Health Policy Fellow Chancellor F. Gray, MD to advocate… Read More

AAHKS Signs Letter Urging Reduction in Regulatory Burdens

In a letter to CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, AAHKS joined numerous medical societies and subspecialty organizations urging the CMS to ease regulatory burdens. “We urge the Administration to take a series of steps to address these same challenges in MU, PQRS, and VM prior to their replacement by MACRA and minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried… Read More

AAHKS Signs on to CEHRT Delay

In a letter to CMS this week, AAHKS signed on with the AMA and other medical societies to request the CMS and ONC delay implementation of the 2015 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) until it’s more widely available on the market. The letter details four reasons for the request to delay. Read the letter.

Tom Price Confirmed to Lead HHS

Sen Barrasso, Dr Santore and Dr Price in 2010

Congressman, Tom Price, MD, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early Friday. Dr. Price’s experience as an orthopaedic surgeon gives him a critically important perspective on the real-world impact of health policy including the importance of access, coverage, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical decision making and challenges of navigating… Read More