Meet Your New Partner—Uncle Sam

Government initiatives are having an impact on orthopaedic practices

Frank B. Kelly, MD, and Mary Ann Porucznik

During the 2015 AAOS Now Forum on “Orthopaedic Economics in 2020,” John Cherf, MD, MPH, MBA, chair of the AAOS Practice Management Committee, outlined the impact of government initiatives on orthopaedic practices, both now and in the future. Calling passage of the 1965 Social Security Act, which incorporated both Medicare and Medicaid, “the most significant health reform of the twentieth century,” Dr. Cherf also noted the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, as “landmark legislation” in the twenty-first century.

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