AAOS Urges Changes to 2016 Fee Schedule

Elizabeth Fassbender and Jennifer Hersh

On Sept. 8, 2015, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on two important proposed rules that address payment policies under Medicare. In both cases, the AAOS recommended significant changes to address concerns by the orthopaedic community about the impact of the proposed rules.

AAOS comments on the proposed 2016 physician fee schedule (PFS) addressed new policies and potential changes related to the implementation of a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and issues surrounding coding for orthopaedic services. In addition, the AAOS urged CMS to make significant changes to its proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program that tests bundled payment and quality measures for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements.

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