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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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CMS Releases Data on Open Payments Website

On September 30, 2014, CMS released Open Payments data to the public on a newly designed website www.cms.gov/openpayments. As part of the Physician Sunshine Act, CMS is required to collect information from manufacturers and GPOs in order to report information about their financial relationships with physicians and hospitals. Physicians can register on the Enterprise Portal in order to… Read More

Review Period Started for Open Payments Data

Before CMS posts information on payments and other transfers of value it receives from manufacturers on their public website, physicians have the opportunity to review the information to determine that it is accurate. To review information submitted by a manufacturer about you, the first step is to register on CMS’ Open Payments website. After you have registered, you… 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.

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 at NOLC

AAHKS representatives led by Brian S. Parsley, MD, participated in the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) in Washington, DC this week. Dr. Parsley guided policy discussions on GME accreditation and risk adjustment of performance measures for physician ranking and payment.

AAHKS Visits Capitol Hill

AAHKS representatives in town for the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC), took the opportunity to call on senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. Talks centered on issues affecting patient access as well as specific legislation such as SGR repeal.

AAHKS, AAOS Visit CMS

Following up on an earlier meeting, Past President Thomas K. Fehring, MD discussed risk adjustment and quality measures with CMS staff led by Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS. Joining Dr. Fehring were Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA representing AAOS, and David Ayers, MD along with AAHKS Executive Director, Mike Zarski and AAOS staff.

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.