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House Approves SGR Repeal, Senate Waits

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the bill to repeal the SGR by a vote of 392-37 in a bipartisan effort that did not make it on the Senate’s agenda before they adjourned for a two week break. The Hill reported that “since 2003, lawmakers have put off cuts under the Medicare formula 17 times, perennially punting… Read More

Senate, House Leaders Introduce SGR Replacement Bill

The US House Committee on Ways and Means announced that leaders in Congress have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that seeks to permanently fix the SGR formula. “This bipartisan policy agreement is an important milestone in finally resolving the flawed SGR formula, providing certainty for seniors and their physicians, and creating a system that promotes the highest quality… Read More

Some Movement on SGR

The Hill is reporting that House leaders are closer to a deal that would permanently avert Medicare payment cuts to physicians. “The deal would offset only about $70 billion of the more than $200 billion cost of making the permanent fix,” they report. While there are no specific details, the work this week is a positive sign that… Read More

AAOS Holds Virtual Lobby Day to Help Fix SGR

Virtual Lobby Day

AAOS, together with AAHKS and other medical associations and the physician community, is urging Congress to continue the progress already made toward replacing the flawed SGR formula. On February 4, 2015, physician leaders from across the country and from dozens of medical associations will converge on Washington, DC to stress the importance of passing a permanent SGR fix.… Read More

Vote for AAHKS on AMA Representation Ballot

The AMA has an opportunity for AAHKS members to help shape health care policy and the positions of the AMA. Don’t let your voice and the voice of your specialty go unheard. AMA members are eligible to vote for the national medical specialty society that best represents them  in the AMA House of Delegates (HoD). Every physician member… Read More

This Week’s Featured Health Policy Fellow: Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA

Dr. McLawhorn

Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA is currently completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. He will complete a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement next year at HSS. Dr. McLawhorn has interests in health care delivery and economics, and he earned degrees in medicine and business at Columbia University. During… Read More

Jamie Gregorian Departs AAOS

Jamie A. Gregorian, JD, Senior Manager of Specialty Society Affairs in the AAOS Office of Government Relations has left the AAOS to take on a new opportunity as Director of Federal Relations with a biotechnology industry organization.  Jamie authored the monthly Washington Update on the AAHKS website. We will miss Jamie and wish him well. AAOS has announced… Read More

Health Policy Fellows Chosen for 2015

Dr. Sassoon

The AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship provides young, future leaders with an opportunity to get involved in the policy-making process where they learn to become effective advocates. AAHKS is pleased to announce the following physicians chosen as this year’s fellows: P. Maxwell Courtney, MD, Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA and Adam Sassoon, MD. This week’s featured Health Policy Fellow:… Read More

Congress Adjourns, No Movement on SGR Reform

Last week AAHKS members sent 415 letters to Congress via the AAHKS website. As of this post, the 113th Congress adjourned without taking action on critical Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform legislation. Physicians are facing a 21.2% Medicare rate reduction on April 1, 2015 if Congress does not act. The medical community is united in the view… Read More

Executive Director Meets with Senator

Mike Zarski and senator

AAHKS Executive Director Mike Zarski, along with AAOS Executive Director Karen Hackett, met with U.S. Senator John Barrasso, MD (R-WY) on Wednesday. Senator Barrasso, an orthopaedic surgeon, was passing through Chicago as he campaigned for a number of Senate candidates across the country. Over lunch, the discussion focused on likely election outcomes and how they would affect the… Read More