Report from the Council on Advocacy

Elizabeth Fassbender

On Oct. 8, 2013, the Council on Advocacy met in Washington, D.C. to discuss upcoming legislative and regulatory advocacy priorities. Council Chair Thomas C. Barber, MD, welcomed the members, and encouraged them to share key happenings around the country that affect orthopaedics, including issues such as state healthcare exchange models, changes to Medicaid and Medicare, tort reform, and implementation of the International Classification of Diseases–10th Edition (ICD–10).

Michael S. Kolber, JD, an associate with the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, who focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional matters in the healthcare industry, discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on healthcare coverage, particularly as it relates to employer-sponsored coverage and total numbers of uninsured.

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