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OrthoPAC Recaps Election Efforts, Predictions, and Key Races

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AAOS Offers Recommendations on Proposed EHR Reporting Program

Advocacy In Action

Bills Introduced to End Surprise Billing for Out-of-Network Care

AAOS Advocates For Anti-Kickback Reform, Reduced Burdens on Care Coordination

Regulatory Experts Provide Insight to Council on Advocacy

AAOS Recognizes National Veterans and Military Families Month

PAC Participation Leader Board by State

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OrthoPAC Recaps Election Efforts, Predictions, and Key Races

 
The AAOS Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) has been actively working to elect and re-elect orthopaedic surgeon friendly-candidates to Congress. With the 2018 midterm elections just one week away, OrthoPAC wants to provide a recap of its efforts to support our legislative efforts and access to key lawmakers. Health care is the number one policy issue this election cycle, and the results of the election will have a significant impact on the future of the health care delivery system. Below is a summary of OrthoPAC’s 2018 cycle work, election predictions, key races we are following, and essential resources to help you prepare for election day.

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New AAOS campaign highlights the diverse
Faces of Orthopaedics

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The Academy officially launched Faces of Orthopaedics, a new multimedia campaign created to inspire and promote conversations around diversity in orthopaedics.

A key component of the campaign is to drive conversation on social media using the hashtag #FacesofOrthopaedics to promote the diverse orthopaedic population across a wide range of demographics including, but not limited to, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and background to our members and the general public.


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AAOS Offers Recommendations on Proposed EHR Reporting Program

 
On August 24, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT released a Request for Information (RFI) on reporting criteria for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

The AAOS recently sent a response to ONC detailing important recommendations to consider when implementing the EHR Reporting Program, which provides a new avenue for ensuring EHRs work to improve clinical care. AAOS wrote that it believes, when properly designed and utilized, health information technology (health IT), such as EHRs, Personal Health Records (PHRs), e-prescribing (eRx), and secure messages can improve patient safety, increase clinical efficiency, reduce costs, provide for the seamless transfer of vital patient information, and allow physicians to better utilize their time and expertise treating patients.

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Advocacy in Action
 
Advocacy in ActionHow the AAOS Office
of Government Relations
is working for you…
  • In a statement from AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD, on the bipartisan opioid legislation becoming law, we applauded Congress for taking a step forward and encouraged it to continue including physician input in healthcare reform.
  • Announced the launch of a new Shoulder and Elbow Registry (SER) as part of the AAOS' Registry Program to establish survivorship curves, track revisions, and improve quality of care for all patients.
  • Recommended that the Office of the National Coordinator make Certified Health IT Product Lists more consumer and physician-centric, and create a comprehensive, continuous process for assessing products.
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Bills Introduced to End Surprise Billing for Out-of-Network Care

 
As the 115th Congress nears an end, several senators have introduced legislation to prevent patients from receiving surprise bills for care that they may not have realized was out-of-network. Surprise bills can happen any time, but they frequently happen during emergency care, when patients and doctors have no way of knowing who is in and out-of-network.

A bipartisan working group in the Senate has produced draft legislation called the Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act. The proposal bans “balance billing,” or the practice of billing a patient for the balance of the bill not covered by insurance, for emergency services and out-of-network care provided at in-network facilities. The legislation’s payment methodology for determining out-of-network reimbursement gives insurers the ability to determine usual and customary rates for emergency care and could create an incentive for insurers to systematically drive physician payments downward.

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AAOS Advocates For Anti-Kickback Reform, Reduced Burdens on Care Coordination

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Request for Information on August 27, asking for stakeholder feedback on the Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducements Civil Monetary Penalties laws. Among the topics that the OIG sought input for were:
  • Potential care coordination arrangements that may implicate the anti-kickback statute or beneficiary inducements CMP;
  • Additional or modified safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute or exceptions to the definition of “remuneration” under the beneficiary inducements CMP;
  • And opportunities for the OIG to clarify its position through guidance as opposed to regulation.
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Regulatory Experts Provide Insight to Council on Advocacy

 
On the second day of AAOS’ recent Council on Advocacy meeting, regulatory agency staff and experts provided insight into regulatory advocacy and reported on new initiatives at both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

The first speaker was Philo D. Hall, JD, an Associate at Epstein, Becker and Green, where he advises clients on legal and regulatory compliance issues within Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party reimbursement programs.  Hall provided a primer and insight on regulatory advocacy, while also discussing the strategic and stylistic differences between legislative and regulatory advocacy. He explained that regulatory advocacy may be a strategic choice when there isn’t a legislative vehicle or opportunity to resolve an issue. Additionally, regulatory agencies are required by statute to issue some annual regulatory updates and clarifying guidance can be issued at any time. Hall said it is important to identify the source of an issue or problem and it is often helpful to draft regulatory language and provide a specific ask to the agency staffers.

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AAOS Recognizes National Veterans and Military Families Month

 
In celebration of November being National Veterans and Military Families Month, the AAOS is encouraging members to sign up for its veteran mentorship program. Launched in 2017, the program is a partnership with the American Corporate Partners (ACP) to help transitioning veterans—principally those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan—in their paths from the military to the corporate world. It offers veterans important tools for long-term career development and the chance to create a better post-service life.

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PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Click here, to view the interactive version of the map below, which features each state’s PAC support for 2018.

Participation Leader Board

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  Announcements
  • The AAOS Office of Government Relations is now accepting applications for 2019 Resident Advocacy Fellows through November 15. Learn more here and send applications/questions to jwilliams@aaos.org.
 
     
 
 
 
  AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations

image Did you know? Supporting our Orthopaedic PAC by phone is easy: simply text AAOS to the number 41444, and follow the link, no log-in required. We encourage our supporters to share this technology with your colleagues who have yet to renew or join and to encourage signing up on a recurring basis. For just $84 a month, or $250 a quarter you can become part of our Capitol Club Program. And don’t forget! The Orthopaedic PAC website features an online contribution center, which can accept contributions via credit card by visiting the site and using your AAOS login credentials. Credit card contributions can also be conveniently scheduled for a monthly, quarterly or yearly recurring donation. Visit www.aaos.org/pac and select Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC for more information or to contribute today.

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