efforts to increase musculoskeletal research funding
As reported in the February 2017 issue of AAOS Now, one of the last legislative
actions of 2016 was the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which
aims to provide “necessary resources to researchers to continue their efforts
to uncover the next generation of cures and treatments.” In addition to
streamlining some U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, this
important legislation increases research dollars for the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) by $4.8 billion and implements a number of measures to encourage
research and modernize clinical trials. The bill passed Congress with
overwhelming support—the vote was 392-26 in the House and 94-5 in the Senate.
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advocated for this bill
because of its potential to advance patient care.