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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Legislation’

Health Policy Fellowship: Apply Now

AAHKS Health Policy Fellows report that the experience provides them with the opportunity to engage with legislators on issues important to hip and knee surgeons and also to receive mentoring from AAHKS leaders. This part-time fellowship can be integrated into a full-time practice or training program. If you would like to learn about health policy and actively participate… Read More

US Congress Seeking Input to Reduce Medicare Burdens

The US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Health Subcommittee announced that it is seeking input from healthcare providers to find legislative and regulatory burdens in Medicare that can be eliminated or changed. In June, AAHKS members provided input on this issue in order to present a list of priority burdens to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD. Click… Read More

New “Better Care Reconciliation Act” Summarized

US Senate Republicans released the Better Care Reconciliation Act on June 22, which proposes to undo core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while leaving many of that law’s lesser known features intact. It also picks up the US House of Representative’s fundamental redesign of the current Medicaid program. Epstein Becker & Green prepared this summary for… Read More

AAHKS Participating in HHS Roundtable and Hill Visits

Tom Price and Mark Froimson

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, MD and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH hosted a trio of roundtable discussions this week to discuss regulatory burdens imposed on physicians by HHS/CMS that interfere or have the potential to interfere with the physician-patient relationship. AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD and Health Policy Council Chair… Read More

2017 AMA House of Delegates Report

At this week’s American Medical Association Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, over two hundred reports and resolutions were monitored or supported by the Orthopedic Section Council. Topics included: Decreasing the burden of pre-certification Interoperability of the EMR Increased funding for Veterans’ Choice Programs Consistency in MOC Developing model hospital bylaws Supporting the American College of Surgeons’ recommendations… Read More

AAHKS Falls below AMA Threshold

AAHKS has participated in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates for 17 years and through our presence represented the distinct interests of AAHKS members. As we have experienced a period of rapid growth for our association, we have fallen below the AMA’s required 20% threshold of AAHKS members who also belong to the AMA. AAHKS members… Read More

We Need Your Input on Regulatory Burdens

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD has invited AAHKS to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Secretary and his senior staff to identify and discuss regulatory burdens imposed on physicians by HHS/CMS that interfere or have the potential to interfere with the physician-patient relationship. In preparation for this meeting, we are expediting a survey of… Read More

Congress Introduces DXA Test Legislation

AAHKS signed on to a letter with the AAOS thanking Members of Congress for introducing the “Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2017.” The legislation will help “ensure that patients have access to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) testing by creating a reimbursement rate floor for a DXA test administered in a doctor’s office. DXA… Read More

AAHKS Joins OrthoPAC Advisor’s Circle

AAHKS has joined the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) Advisor’s Circle which provides participants with a leadership role. AAHKS’s support allows us to work with OrthoPAC to maximize our opportunities to make an impact in Washington, DC for the benefit of our members. Two AAHKS representatives will join the OrthoPAC leadership as part of the… Read More

AMA Regulatory Relief Activities

The American Medical Association (AMA) has convened workgroups on Quality Payment Programs and on regulatory relief – both topics with which AAHKS is also involved. AMA has made recommendations on issues such as physician-focused Advanced Payment Models (APM), increased APM opportunities for physicians, giving specialty societies more of a say in the importance of relevant measures, revision of… Read More