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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

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