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Increased Funding Requested for Orthopaedic Research Program

Advocacy In Action


House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Out-of-Network Billing

State Corner: Florida Certificate-of-Need Repeal Awaits GovernorŐs Signature

OrthoPAC Recaps First Quarter Success

Thank You to Our Current Orthopaedic PAC Advisor’s Circle Members!

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PRORP, Surprise Bills, Stark Reform
 
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Increased Funding Requested for Orthopaedic Research Program

On April 1, 64 members of Congress sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee asking for $35 million from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for the Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP). PRORP is a competitive grant program established to quickly develop focused basic and clinical research pertaining to extremity war injuries through direct grants to research institutions.

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Advocacy in Action
 
Advocacy in ActionHow the AAOS Office
of Government Relations
is working for you…
  • Urged members of Congress to support the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation would provide a responsible increase in Medicare support for graduate medical education to address the impending national physician workforce shortage.
  • Requested that Congress appropriate $35 million of Department of Defense funding for the Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program. The competitive grant program funds basic and clinical research pertaining to extremity war injuries so that military surgeons can better optimize patient recovery and restoration of function.
  • Advocated for the preservation of access to osteoporosis testing for Medicare beneficiaries, and supported legislation to create a floor reimbursement rate under Medicare for the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test administered in a doctor’s office. 
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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Out-of-Network Billing

On April 30, the House Rules Committee held a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (HR 1384). The proposal is intended to establish a single-payer comprehensive national health insurance program for all Americans by expanding Medicare. There were sharp partisan disagreements over the proposal and the future of the U.S. health care system. Democratic members generally supported the legislation, while Republican members stressed the dangers of eliminating private coverage and the difficulty in finding ways to fund the program.

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State Corner: Florida Certificate-of-Need Repeal Awaits GovernorŐs Signature

The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill to repeal the state’s certificate-of-need (CON) laws. Specifically, HB 21 removes a requirement that general hospitals must apply and obtain approval from the state in order to build or expand. The legislation now awaits Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature and, if signed into law, will be a significant win for Florida and for state orthopaedic societies’ ongoing effort to repeal CON laws across the country.

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OrthoPAC Recaps First Quarter Success

The Orthopaedic PAC had a fantastic first quarter and raised nearly $800,000, $128,000 of which came from the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting. Thank you to everyone who took part in the many PAC-related activities in Las Vegas (meeting recap)! We believe this to be a direct result of the momentum coming out of our best election cycle in PAC history as well as our members’ ongoing enthusiasm for shaping the future of health care.

Here’s a recap of what we’ve accomplished this quarter:

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Thank You to Our Current Orthopaedic PAC Advisor’s Circle Members!

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  Announcements
  • The American Orthopaedic Association and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses are jointly hosting the 2019 Own The Bone Symposium on secondary fracture prevention. Register for the June 28 event in San Diego or learn more here.
  • Pre-publication review and dispute for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Year 2018 Open Payments data is available through May 15, 2019. Learn about the Review, Dispute, and Correction process here.
 
     
 
 
 
  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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