Advocacy in Action

How the AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) is working for you …

  • Celebrated the signing of the AAOS-led Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act into law—a product of five years of advocacy, a coalition of bipartisan supporters, and more than 1,000 meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • Prevented strict prescribing guidelines from being included in the House- and Senate-passed opioid legislation.
  • Succeeded in getting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay any changes to the evaluation and management (E/M) codes in its 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.
  • Secured a separate payment method for nonopioid pain management treatments, as well as a method for equalizing payments between physician offices and off-campus provider-based departments in CMS’ 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System’s Final Rule.

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