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Action Alert: Urge Senators to Oppose Surprise Billing Provisions of Lower
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AAOS Member Michael Suk, MD, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

Advocacy In Action

Survey Out for Potentially Misvalued THA, TKA Codes

AAOS Responds to 2020 Inpatient IPPS Proposed Rule

AAOS Encouraged by New Legislation to Reduce Prior Authorization Burden

AAOS Responds to HHS Interoperability, Information Blocking Rules

OrthoPAC Endorses
Manny Sethi, MD, for U.S. Senate


2019 Orthopaedic PAC State Participation Challenge

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Action Alert: Urge Senators to Oppose Surprise Billing Provisions of Lower Health Care Costs Act

This week, the Senate HELP committee is expected to advance the Lower Health Care Costs Act (S.1895), which includes a provision that would benchmark all out-of-network reimbursements to a median commercial in-network rate for the geographic area. Under the guise of protecting patients from surprise medical bills, Congress is pursuing an unprecedented transfer of market power to insurers by sanctioning government mandated price setting. AAOS strongly opposes this legislation and is working to advance a solution that maintains specialty access and protects patients while preserving your ability to fairly negotiate with insurers.

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Sharing content with your audience is a great way to grow relationships, increase exposure, and even drive revenue. But creating share-worthy content can be a challenge. Our communications team wants to help. To kick off the summer, we’re offering this infographic with tips for safe diving. Feel free to download it for use on social platforms, your email outreach, your website and beyond. We’ll share more injury prevention content like this in future issues. Have a topic you want us to cover? Shoot us an email. We’re here to help.

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AAOS Member Michael Suk, MD, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

On June 11, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) member Michael Suk, MD, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Dr. Suk has been involved with the AMA for almost 30 years, having served as an AAOS delegate and current chair of the newly-formed Mobility Caucus, and will further help to represent the orthopaedic specialty in his new role on the board.  

“Dr. Suk’s election to this prestigious position is a testament to his decades of leadership and outstanding advocacy for the medical profession. Especially for those early career physicians just starting to engage in the policy-making process and understand the impact those decisions have on their ability to provide care,” said AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD. “We’re proud to have a dedicated, experienced orthopaedic surgeon in AMA leadership and congratulate Dr. Suk on this high honor.”

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Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in ActionHow the AAOS Office
of Government Relations
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  • In coordination with other specialty groups representing over 148,000 physicians, we expressed our strong opposition to the Senate HELP Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Act. Specifically, we urged the committee to remove any federally set benchmark payment rate tied to the median in-network rate.
  • Expressed our support for H.R.3030 by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) to reauthorize the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund—the only organization dedicated to funding comparative clinical effectiveness research studies comparing which treatment approaches work best for patients.

  • Invited to two listening sessions with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to discuss ways to improve value-based payment models (photos from the first and second meeting).

  • Jointly with the American Association of Hip and Knees,suggested further edits and provided clinical case studies for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ MLN Matters article (SE19002), which attempts to resolve confusion surrounding the removal of Total Knee Arthroplasty from the Medicare inpatient-only list.
For more information on all AAOS advocacy efforts, visit: http://www.aaos.org/dc.
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Survey Out for Potentially Misvalued THA, TKA Codes

AAOS is participating in the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) survey for codes 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty). The Academy, in concert with the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), will survey members who have knowledge and experience with these services to help determine the work and practice expense values presented to the RUC.

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AAOS Responds to 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule

AAOS recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2020. The proposal details revisions to the inpatient payment system, new technology add-on payments (NTAP), graduate medical education funding, and quality measures. Below is a summary of both the proposed rule as well as AAOS’ formal comments.

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AAOS Encouraged by New Legislation to Reduce Prior Authorization Burden

On June 5, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R.3107) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan effort to reduce prior authorization requirements under the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is sponsored by Reps. Suzan Delbene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA).

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AAOS Responds to HHS Interoperability, Information Blocking Rules

Recently AAOS responded to joint proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The rules focused on improving the interoperable exchange of electronic health information and preventing information blocking.

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OrthoPAC Endorses Manny Sethi, MD, for U.S. Senate

The Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) recently endorsed fellow AAOS member and Nashville orthopaedic trauma surgeon Manny Sethi, MD, for U.S. Senate. Dr. Sethi announced his campaign for the open Tennessee seat on June 3 and is the first top-tier Republican to launch a bid.

“We are always working to increase the number of physicians in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, and couldn’t have asked for a better candidate to represent our organization,” said AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD. “Dr. Sethi has dedicated his life’s work to helping his community and embodies the truest form of public service. We are proud to support him in his pursuit for Congress.”

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2019 Orthopaedic PAC State Participation Challenge

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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 our website for more information or to contribute today.

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