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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Advocacy’

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

Risk Adjustment Advisory Opinion Approved

Last week during the AAOS’ NOLC meeting in Washington, DC, the BOC/BOS Resolutions Committee, Brian S. Parsley, MD, and AAHKS members reviewed and edited the “Public Performance Measures for Orthopaedic Surgeon” advisory opinion. The following day, this resolution was approved: A. Resolved, that the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will work with the US Centers for Medicare… Read More

AAHKS Members Attend RUC Meeting

On April 24, William Macaulay, MD, Health Policy Committee Vice Chair and Stephen Duncan, MD, Health Policy Fellow, attended the RAW (Relative Activity Workgroup) at the AMA RUC meeting in Chicago to discuss the hip revision code 27134. AAHKS member and AAOS RUC alternate representative, John Heiner, MD, presented an action plan to the workgroup. The workgroup concluded that… Read More

Episode-based Payment Models Submitted

Krista Stewart, Membership & Advocacy Coordinator, submitted AAHKS comments to CMS on Episode-Based Payment Models for Outpatient Specialty Practitioner Services. The comments included details on the total knee quality measures which AAHKS developed.