CMS Reaches Out to Clarify TKA Removal from IPO List

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) newsletter to help clarify a final rule that removes total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient only list. AAHKS and AAOS will be meeting with CMS later this month to...

We Need Your TKA Input on Quality Audits

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only list, it committed to suspending audits by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) for two years. The suspension was to serve as a grace period...

AAHKS Represented at the AMA RUC Meeting

AAHKS was represented by Adam Sassoon, MD, MS, at this week’s AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Meeting. 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...

Impact of CJR Bundled-Payments Assessed

The New England Journal of Medicine published a two-year evaluation of cases from hospitals covered by the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program. The study compared 280,161 hip and knee replacement procedures in 803 hospitals in...

Provide Input to AAHKS Survey on Medicare Reimbursement

As you know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified current procedural terminology (CPT) codes 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty) as potentially misvalued in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule...
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