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Health Care Provisions in New US Budget Act Explained

On February 9, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Bipartisan Budget of Act of 2018. While the Budget Act primarily provides stopgap funding for the government operations through March 23, the legislation also includes several dozen provisions related to health care – including telehealth. These provisions are largely taken from the Creating… Read More

AAHKS Legislative Retreat Puts Focus on Patient Care

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On Friday, a contingent of the AAHKS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs, Health Policy Fellows, local AAHKS members, AAHKS staff and from The Hip Society met in Washington, D.C. for a day of advocacy action as part of a two-day legislative retreat focused on the care of hip and knee patients. Congressman Roger Marshall, MD… Read More

Senate Confirms New HHS Head

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to The Hill, Azar served previously under George W. Bush as HHS general counsel and also as deputy secretary. Most recently, Azar held the president position at pharmaceutical company, Lilly USA. Full story.

AAHKS Attends AMA RUC

AAHKS was represented at last week’s American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) meeting in order to monitor issues related payment valuation. The RUC is the AMA body that describes the resources and time required to provide physician services in developing RVUs and makes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The RUC… Read More

AAHKS and AAOS Leaders Spend the Day with CMS, on Capitol Hill

Richard Iorio, MD, Chair, AAHKS Health Policy Council, was in Washington, DC on Monday for meetings with CMS and CMMI staff. Dr. Iorio was joined by AAHKS and AAOS staff in discussions about the TJA bundled payment projects and the need to improve them through risk stratification, target pricing methodology, and physician initiation. This comes with the revision… Read More

AAHKS Comments on MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing for TKA Draft Measure

AAHKS and The Knee Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Acumen, LLC regarding its MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Field Testing. Comments involved both the TKA draft cost measure itself and what information it collects, but also the reports that are generated for physicians’ use and the difficulty in accessing and reviewing… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMMI New Direction Request for Information

AAHKS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (“Innovation Center” or CMMI) New Direction Request for Information (RFI). AAHKS is guided by its three principles: payment reform is most effective when physician-led; the burden of excessive physician reporting on metrics detracts from care; and patient access,… Read More

AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule

AAHKS released a statement regarding the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1. CMS finalized their earlier proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list (IPO). This means that Medicare will now reimburse TKA procedures performed on an… Read More

AAHKS Comments on Two CMS Proposed Rules

AAHKS has commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule (HOPPS) and the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (MPFS). In the HOPPS proposed rule, CMS requested input on removing TKA from the inpatient only (IPO) list as well as… Read More

AAHKS Submits Recommendations to House

Following up on our previous report regarding Congress seeking input regarding Medicare burdens, this week AAHKS submitted 10 recommendations for Medicare regulatory and statutory relief to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health. These new recommendations, submitted to the Committee’s “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” highlight some of the recommendations previously submitted… Read More