Orthopaedic Surgeons Get Results at NOLC

Elizabeth Fassbender

The 2015 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) brought approximately 400 orthopaedic surgeons from around the country to Capitol Hill to talk with legislators about issues important to the orthopaedic community. This year’s NOLC presented a unique, timely opportunity to bring AAOS advocacy messages directly to key congressional leaders following the recent passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula after nearly two decades of work.

NOLC participants thanked those legislators who voted for the bill and stressed the importance of ensuring that the new payment system is implemented in a way that will prove successful over time. They also asked legislators to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and to support legislation that would help ensure injured athletes access to their team physicians when they are playing out-of-state.

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