AAOS May 28, 2019
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AAOS Urges CMS Action on Physician-Owned Hospitals

AAOS Applauds New Legislation to End Surprise Billing

Senate Holds MACRA
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In one week, hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons from around the country will visit Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional representatives as part of the AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). The purpose of the event is to advance AAOS’ Unified Advocacy Agenda by providing legislative and regulatory education, building support for orthopaedic-related legislation and regulation, and strengthening relationships with key decision makers within the U.S. Government.

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Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in ActionHow the AAOS Office
of Government Relations
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  • Provided comments to the Ways and Means health subcommittee regarding a federal solution for protecting patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills while preserving a fair playing field for resolving disputes.

  • Voiced our support in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to consider a new demonstration model that would allow physician-owned hospitals to expand if they meet certain quality and other criteria. 
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AAOS Urges CMS Action on Physician-Owned Hospitals

AAOS has been working with the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) as well as a coalition of physician-owned hospitals (POH) and practices to develop a demonstration model for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to allow POHs to expand. The model is a regulatory effort to lift the expansion restrictions included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Legislation to fully repeal the ACA provision and allow for new construction and expansion should be introduced soon.

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AAOS Applauds New Legislation to End Surprise Billing

A variety of proposals to end unexpected out-of-network medical bills, or “Surprise Billing,” have been introduced in Congress, triggering debate between providers and insurers on the correct way to solve the problem. As an alternative to proposals that would allow for insurer or government-set benchmark rates for out-of-network care, AAOS supports a new proposal led by Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) that models a successful New York law to hold patients harmless and set up a fair and timely payment system.

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Senate Holds MACRA Update Hearing

On May 8, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled “Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Implementation and the Road Ahead.” The hearing focused on the implementation of MACRA as well as plans for future program modifications, particularly to improve access for patients in rural underserved areas.

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  Announcements
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) in phases by geographic location. Learn the three ways you can get MBIs here
  • The AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER) now supports elbow arthroplasty and rotator cuff repair models in addition to shoulder arthroplasty procedures, which were the focus of the first model. Learn more here
 
     
 
 
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  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 our website for more information or to contribute today.

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