Waving the Advocacy Flag

David Teuscher, MD

The repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula has been a long time coming. During the 12 years since the SGR started to “mandate” reductions in physician Medicare payments, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (that’s the blue AAOS) has mounted continuous efforts to overturn it. Repealing the SGR took a sustained campaign and a coordinated team of volunteers and professional staff, with tens of thousands of contacts, communications, and visits to members of Congress by thousands of medical professionals like you. The coalition-building among multiple orthopaedic and medical specialty societies yielded a winning multifaceted campaign headed by AAOS volunteers and staff in our Office of Government Relations (OGR). I hope everyone took a victory lap and waved our colors when it finally became the law of the land!

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